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

Nature Study Series: How is a Bird Like a Ballet Dancer? @ Local Roots
Feb 12 @ 6:30 pm

The Wilderness Center is coming to your community! Join us as we spell out the lives of birds during this seven part series. We’ll look at how birds find mates, raise young, migrate and adapt to their environment. Whether you feed birds in your backyard or travel the state chasing rare birds, this series will help you develop a deeper appreciation of our feathered friends.

During this month’s installment we will look at bird body form and function, flight and feathers.


The Great Backyard Bird Count @ The Wilderness Center
Feb 13 @ 9:00 am

The Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual four-day event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are across the continent. TWC, along with TWC Bird Club, has chosen Saturday, February 13 for their count. Anyone can participate, from beginning bird watchers to experts. It takes as little as 15 minutes on count day. It’s free, fun, and easy—and it helps the birds.

Woodcarver’s Club
Feb 13 @ 9:00 am
Planetarium Show @ The Wilderness Center
Feb 13 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Astronomy Club members will present an informational program on the night sky during the day! Learn the latest astronomical sightings and seasonal constellations.

Interpretive Building closed Sundays
Feb 14 all-day

The Interpretive Building will be closed on Sundays through the winter. Enjoy the trails!

Story Time: Groundhog Hill @ The Wilderness Center
Feb 17 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Celebrate Groundhog Day! We’ll have great groundhog stories and funny finger plays. Visit Groundhog Hill to see a real groundhog burrow.

Cavers’ & Climbers’ Club
Feb 20 @ 10:00 am
Wild Edibles: The Basics of Permaculture
Feb 20 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Permaculture is a system for sustainable living, developed in the 1970s and now practiced by millions worldwide. While permaculture is mainly associated with growing food, it also covers water harvesting, renewable energy, agroforestry, animal management, waste recycling, sustainable housing, finance, community building and earth repair.  If you are interested in permaculture, self-reliance and self-sufficiency join Rob Kaiser, organizer of The Medina Permaculture Meet-Up Group to learn more about these fascinating subjects.

Playscape Playdate: Snow and Stick Sculptures @ The Wilderness Center
Feb 20 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Why build a snowman when you can build a snowbear, snowbirds or any critter in the woods.  If the snow is scant, we’ll use sticks to create a wild sculpture anyway.

Education Specialist Terri Brest will be at the Playscape area to add fun activities and extra imagination during your Playscape visit. Join her any time during the Playdate to participate in the activities!  In the event of inclement weather, an alternative indoor activity will be available.

Fabulous Ferns
Feb 20 @ 2:00 pm

Because of the mostly green color, ferns often get overlooked among colorful flowering plants. But their beauty is obvious when one takes a closer look, for “Ferns exhibit the pure beauty of leaves. We will be looking at the identification habitat, natural history and folklore of 45 of Ohio’s 62 fern species.


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