All programs meet at the Interpretive Building, unless otherwise noted.
Bring a sack lunch and join TWC’s Executive Director, Dr. Jeff Corney for this three part series exploring climate change and the effects it may have on Ohio’s natural areas. The Midwest’s climate supports three major ecosystems: deciduous forests, coniferous forests, and grasslands. However, due to rising levels of carbon in the atmosphere, climatologists predict significant climate changes over the next 100 years. As each ecosystem is comprised of plants adapted to survive and thrive only within a limited range of climatic conditions, such changes will likely result in a corresponding shift in the composition of ecosystems throughout the region. Wildlife depends on the food, water and shelter provided by a region’s ecosystems. As vegetation types shift and water resource availability changes, wildlife habitats may be altered to the point where animals in this region may be impacted.
Part 1 – March 3: Why Are We So Concerned About Carbon?
Part 2 – March 10: How Might Changes in Climate Affect Ecosystems?
Part 3 – March 17: What May Be the Impacts of Climate Change on Wildlife?
Members: $10 each or $20 for all three, non-members: $15 each or $30 for all three. Advanced registration required.
Musikgarten comes to The Wilderness Center! Join instructor Karrie McAllister to learn songs and musical activities to celebrate the seasons. Children ages 2-4 and their adults are welcome. All programs begin at 10 a.m. $3/child for members and $5/child for nonmembers. Adults are free! Preregistration is required. See next month’s Programs & Events for more details.
Join the manager and crew of the Killbuck Marsh Wildlife Area for a “state of the marsh” program. Learn what has been happening over the past year on the wildlife area, what research has been conducted, and what efforts have been made to promote wildlife opportunities for all wildlife lovers. This is a great chance for anyone using the marsh or participating in the Shreve Migration Sensation to get the latest scoop. Free, no registration.
Find a tree, cut a log, split a stave, get the shaving bench out, file with the rasp, shave with the draw knife, do a little tillering, finish with some sand paper, burnish the wood, build a Flemish string and go outside and fling some arrows. It’s not as easy as that to make a bow, but with some elbow grease and common sense, you’ll have a shootable bow. Most bows made finish in the 45 to 60 lb. range. They are not toys. We’ll start with introductions on the principles of bow making and then give you an Osage stave, tools, equipment and help you make a self bow. This course is labor intensive. The fourth session you learn to make a Flemish string and “how to” on making natural wooden arrows. Equipment and tools will be furnished. This is an intense course with three instructors to help you. Tim Palaski and Ken Schlegel, Instructors. Maximum participants: 6. Fee; members – $160.00, nonmembers – $180.00. Registration deadline: Feb. 3. Visit wildernesscenter.org or call 1-877-359-5235 for more information.
Join TWC’s Astronomy Club for a Planetarium Show; then view the real things through telescopes. All ages.
Learn to carve. Join the Wilderness Center Woodcarving club and learn a variety of woodcarving techniques. $20 includes all materials and a carving knife. Preregistration is required. Limited to 10 people.
CaEminent biologist and Harvard Professor Edward O. Wilson said that the two greatest threats to Earth’s biodiversity are habitat loss and invasive species. So here is my annual plea for help from our great core of volunteers! Invasive species like garlic mustard out-compete native plant communities for water and nutrients, and produce chemicals that interrupt soil processes. Loss of native plant communities can have a cascading effect that alters other parts of the environment. Please help control this invasive! We’ll be pulling garlic mustard at the main headquarters each Saturday listed. For more info contact Gary at TWC.
Learn about rocks and minerals
We will explore The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light. All welcome, no registration required.