Calendar

All programs meet at the Interpretive Building, unless otherwise noted.

Aug
15
Sat
Foxfield Preserve Info Session @ Online
Aug 15 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Foxfield Preserve is a conservation burial ground at TWC. Natural burial is an economical, environmentally friendly alternative to modern burial. A conservation burial at Foxfield Preserve leaves a permanent legacy for your family, community and the natural world.

Join us on Zoom for a virtual presentation introducing conservation burial and the Foxfield Preserve. Register by calling TWC at 330.359.5235 or by emailing foxfield@wildernesscenter.org to receive the access code.

Aug
17
Mon
Junior Naturalist @ Online
Aug 17 all-day

The Explore Your Wild: Junior Naturalist program is designed to offer your upper elementary kids six weeks of nature activities to help them learn, create and explore the outdoors — whether it’s in your backyard, park, or a trip to The Wilderness Center’s trails.

Once registered, you will receive an email with directions to help you access program materials. Included among these materials will be your Junior Naturalist Guidebook. This can be printed at home, or you can stop by The Wilderness Center to pick-up a copy from our outdoor drop-box.

Every Monday a new lesson link will be added, directing you to that week’s activities. Activities can be completed in any order, at any time. You can always work backwards in your book, but never forwards. When each activity is completed, you’ll need to record it in your Guidebook.

When you’ve completed all six weeks, email photos of your completed Guidebook to twc@wildernesscenter.org and you’ll be awarded your official Explore Your Wild Junior Naturalist Pin to wear with pride, displaying your knowledge and achievement.

Cost: We know that many families in our community are facing significant challenges right now. While this program costs us approximately $12 per participant, we ask only that you donate what you can, if you can.

Aug
22
Sat
Native Plant Celebration with Dr. Doug Tallamy @ Online
Aug 22 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

In his publication Bringing Nature Home, Dr. Tallamy made a case for the absolute importance of native plants in providing food for wildlife, connecting fragmented habitats and increasing the biological diversity around us. His newest publication, Nature’s Best Hope, outlines a vision for a grassroots approach to conservation and promotes an emotional connection to nature in our own backyards. 

A chance to win one of 10 great native plant resources is included with each webinar registration! The raffle will happen before the webinar so please register by August 20th to be included. Each winner will be contacted by phone or e-mail to choose their prize until all items are distributed. Check out what you could win:

  • A Dr. Tallamy book!
    •  A signed copy of Nature’s Best Hope 
    • The Living Landscape   
    • Bringing Nature Home 
  • Organic Gardening Basket from Anthony Petitti Garden Center
  • Native plants – sets include nine live plants from our Native Plant Nursery. Six sets will be available but must be picked up at TWC.
    • Shade Garden Set – A combination of Wild Blue Phlox ‘May Breeze’, Foamflower, Fire Pink and White Snakeroot
    • Sunny Garden Set – A combination of Common Milkweed, Dense Blazing Star, Bergamot ‘Clair Grace’ and Compass Plant

Join us for this live webinar using Zoom. The login link will be sent to your email on Friday morning, August 21. Participants will be able to submit questions using the chat feature during the program. After the program, the recording will be e-mailed to participants for your information or if you need to watch it on your own time.  

Cost: $25 members / $30 nonmembers. Registration includes one raffle ticket. Additional raffle tickets can be purchased for $5.00 each. Register by August 20 to be included in the raffle. Register early, as we are limited to 100 participants.

Pre-registration required. Support provided by the Bertie Lou Allshouse Education Fund

 

Aug
24
Mon
Junior Naturalist @ Online
Aug 24 all-day

The Explore Your Wild: Junior Naturalist program is designed to offer your upper elementary kids six weeks of nature activities to help them learn, create and explore the outdoors — whether it’s in your backyard, park, or a trip to The Wilderness Center’s trails.

Once registered, you will receive an email with directions to help you access program materials. Included among these materials will be your Junior Naturalist Guidebook. This can be printed at home, or you can stop by The Wilderness Center to pick-up a copy from our outdoor drop-box.

Every Monday a new lesson link will be added, directing you to that week’s activities. Activities can be completed in any order, at any time. You can always work backwards in your book, but never forwards. When each activity is completed, you’ll need to record it in your Guidebook.

When you’ve completed all six weeks, email photos of your completed Guidebook to twc@wildernesscenter.org and you’ll be awarded your official Explore Your Wild Junior Naturalist Pin to wear with pride, displaying your knowledge and achievement.

Cost: We know that many families in our community are facing significant challenges right now. While this program costs us approximately $12 per participant, we ask only that you donate what you can, if you can.

Sep
4
Fri
Hot Topics: What’s New in the Neighborhood? @ Online
Sep 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

We all learned about the solar system when we were in school.  But the past 50 years has been a golden age for solar system exploration.  We have had flyby missions to all the planets now, and orbiter missions to all except Neptune and Uranus. In this talk we’ll fill you in on the latest on our neighbors and in our understanding of how the system formed.  We may even broach the subject of Pluto.

Sep
12
Sat
Night in with Nature: Beers in the Backyard @ Online
Sep 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Support The Wilderness Center and explore the wild of your own backyard! Join in our backyard quiz to discover what kind of nature-lover you are, while enjoying pizza and a beer tasting for two from Lockport Brewery.
Your $65 “admission fee” will support The Wilderness Center and local businesses and will include a take-and-bake pizza and four 8 oz. tasting beers to be picked up at Lockport Brewery in Bolivar beginning on September 11th. Two decadent, locally-produced Coblentz chocolates will add a sweet finish to your evening.
The evening’s program will discuss “Your Backyard Wild,” offering fun facts about the nature all around us and stories of the wildlife that can be found in our backyards. Attendees can then participate in a fun and light-hearted quiz and will be entered to win a raffle prize from the TWC Nature Store!

 

Sep
15
Tue
Communications for Civic Engagement @ Online
Sep 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Are you a nature lover who wants to make a difference in your community?  Are you also worried that raising the topic of climate change might get you kicked out of a family dinner?  In today’s hyper-partisan world of culture wars and political nastiness, sharing your concerns about the environment and the importance of conservation can be a scary proposition.  TWC’s new OAKS course, Civic Engagement Communication, can help you open conversational doors and share your convictions without losing friends and alienating family members.  In this course, taught by PR pro and Walsh faculty member Jeff Dafler, we will review the current public discourse landscape and learn key communication concepts and techniques that will help you establish common ground and help others appreciate the importance of conservation and sustainability.

Jeff Dafler is Founder and Chief Strategist at The Dafler Company and an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Communication at Walsh University. With more than 25 years of leadership in the public and private sectors, Jeff is dedicated to helping clients and communities navigate an increasingly complex public landscape. Drawing on his experience as a U.S. diplomat and corporate public affairs executive, Jeff delivers the strategic insights, public policy advocacy and distinctive communication you need to build a more prosperous and sustainable future.

Sep
17
Thu
Foxfield Preserve Info Session @ Online
Sep 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Foxfield Preserve is a conservation burial ground at TWC. Natural burial is an economical, environmentally friendly alternative to modern burial. A conservation burial at Foxfield Preserve leaves a permanent legacy for your family, community and the natural world.

Join us on Zoom for a virtual presentation introducing conservation burial and the Foxfield Preserve. Register by calling TWC at 330.359.5235 or by emailing foxfield@wildernesscenter.org to receive the access code.

Oct
2
Fri
Hot Topics: Exoplanets – the Emerging Frontier @ Online
Oct 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

One of the real breakthroughs in astronomy in the past 30 years has been the ability to discover planets orbiting stars other than our sun,  In this talk we’ll discuss how this can be done, and even more amazingly, how we are learning about the characteristics of these worlds.  And finally, we will discuss the importance of these discoveries to the understanding of our own solar system.

Oct
9
Fri
Enchanted Forest
Oct 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Everyone is on Zoom these days…including the creatures of the Enchanted Forest! This year families are invited to join us online as we join Mother Nature and the Forest Staff for a meeting.

Video recordings of this event will also be available for a limited time for those who wish to watch at a more convenient time.