Earth Day

Saturday, April 18th       8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.       

Bring your entire family to celebrate Earth Day!

Schedule of events:

Bird Walk 8 a.m.  Join TWC’s Bird Club for a walk around the Pond Trail to look for birds. All ages. Free and open to the public.

Earth Day Clean-Up 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Help clean up the TWC environment! Everyone is welcome! You, your family, or your group can adopt a trail or area to clean. We’ll provide gloves, trash bags, and refreshments. Free. Also help remove invasive species plants. Please contact Vicki at vicki@wildernesscenter.org if you can help.

Foto Fest  Sat., Apr. 18, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Sun., Apr. 19, 1-4:30 p.m. Head on down to the 18th Annual
Foto Fest at the Wilderness Center! The beautiful photographs, entered in nine different categories (plus a special youth division), are sure to brighten your spirits and you can even have a little fun helping us pick the winners. Pick up a ballot at the door and then take your time meandering through the exhibit and voting for your favorites.

Backpacking/Hiking Demonstation 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Stop by and chat with members of TWC’s Backpackers & Dayhikers Club. Gather information at the Prairie Shelter for your next dayhike or backpacking trip. Some of the subjects include backpacks and how to pack them, meals and water, tents, first aid and personal care, clothing, and Ultra-lite backpacking. Come and view various pieces of equipment and find out what is right for you. Free and open to the public.

Vernal Pool Walk 10:00 Join naturalist Carrie Elvey for a walk to explore our vernal pools. Theses temporary ponds hold lots of salamanders and frogs – and we should be able to find eggs from both as well as lots of interesting critters.

Freezing & Drying/Wild Edibles Meet-Up-10 a.m. Freezing and drying foods can provide a quick and easy way to preserve food while maintaining a high nutrient quality, but there is more to these methods than meets the eye. Christine Kendle from the OSU Extension Service will show how to properly dry fruits and vegetables to ensure both high quality and food safety. Informational handouts and samples provided.  This meet-up is free and open to the public.  No preregistration is required.  If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact Barb at 330-359-5235 ext. 20 or email barb@wildernesscenter.org.

Jeff Corney 1Executive Director, Dr. Jeff Corney –Climate Change!  In Our Neck of the Woods? 1 p.m.Is global climate change really happening?  If so, what will change about our climate here in Ohio?  And, will it change which plants and animals live in this area?  Learn about the science of climate change and how it may affect our climate and ecosystems here in the Midwest.

Go Green-Natural Burials in a Nature Cemetery   2 PM:  Learn about natural burials. An economical alternative to modern burials. Walk a cemetery with prairie and woodland trails intead of a lawn and make your last act on earth a “green one.” Visit The Wilderness Center’s nature cemetery, Foxfield Preserve.

The Salamander Room Story Walk and Dip Netting at the Pond  2:00-4:00  Walk a trail and read a book! Follow pages from The Salamander Room by Anne Mazer, read the book and end at the pond! Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalists will be there to help you learn about all the plants and animals that use the pond for their home. You can grab a net and dip into the pond to discover for yourself what lives there.

The Wilderness Center is a proud partner of the Earth Day network!

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