Earth Day

Saturday, April 12th       8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.        Concert at 7 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 if you can help.

Foto Fest  Sat., Apr. 12, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Sun., Apr. 13, 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.

Jeff Corney 1Meet the New Executive Director, Dr. Jeff Corney  10 a.m.-noon Dr. Corney joins The Wilderness Center from the University of Minnesota, where he spent the past eight years as Managing Director of the University’s Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve. Jeff is only the third Director at The Wilderness Center in 50 years. Jeff’s wife, Sarah’s, family is originally from northeast Ohio. Together with their three young children, Tristan, Adelyn, and Lukas share their parents love of the outdoors.

Garlic Mustard Cook-Off-11:00 a.m.  Garlic mustard, Alliaria petiolata, has been the scourge of forested areas for years.  Garlic mustard was brought to the U.S. by early settlers and without any natural predators, this invasive plant thrived and forced out many desirable native plants.

Since one good way to beat ‘em is to eat ‘em, this year, as part of our Earth Day Celebration activities, The Wilderness Center will host its 1st Annual Garlic Mustard Cook-Off.

The rules are simple.  When you call TWC to register for the Cook-Off, you will schedule a time between April 8th and April 11th, to pick up your supply of garlic mustard.  Garlic mustard must be harvested from TWC in order to be eligible.  Once you have your supply of garlic mustard, go home and create your culinary masterpiece.

Cook-Off Rules

  1. Recipes must use garlic mustard.  All contestants must submit a recipe with their dish.  Recipe format must include the name of the recipe, preparation time, number of servings, directions for heating (cooking), list of all ingredients, directions, name and contact information of chef.
  2. Entrants must deliver their dishes and recipes to The Wilderness Center at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 12, 2014.  Judging and sampling will take place at 11 a.m.
  3. Entrants are asked to bring their entry in a disposable container.
  4. Entrants are asked to prepare enough of their dish to serve samples to 20 people.
  5. There is no entry fee.
  6. Entrants must register by phone or email by April 4th.
  7. Entries will be judged on taste, appearance and originality.

There will be awards given for best overall and for first and second runners up.  Winning recipes will also appear on The Wilderness Center’s blog, “Wilderness Wanderings.”

So, flex those culinary muscles and let’s see what you’ve got!  If you have any questions or wish to register for the cook-off, please call Barb at (330) 359-5235 or email

Story Walk Gossie 2-4 p.m.  Meet Gossie, a small yellow gosling who loves to wear bright red boots-every day. One morning Gossie can’t find her beloved boots. She looks everywhere for them: under the bed, over the wall, even in the barn. Help Goossie find her red boots.Pages from Gossie by Olivier Dunrea will be posted along the Pond Trail. Follow the signs, read the book, and end at Wilderness Lake. Enjoy the story and the walk.You’ll meet an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist at the end of the story to help you look for goslings and learn about birds. Visit the Lake View Shelter for related activites to try here or take home. Families welcome and free.

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.

Back Porch Swing Band 7 p.m.:  If you’re looking for a band with a swingin’ rhythm and an old timey flavor, look no farther. The Back Porch Swing Band combines talents of 5 musicians responsible for the tapping of thousands of feet across Ohio for 15 years. The band specializes in Western Swing but adds styles from Appalachian, blues, old country, and folk to swing from the ‘20’s, ‘30’s, ‘40‘s. Adam Jackson’s hot fiddle planign keeps your feet moving. Kris Geis adds great lead and harmony vocals. Dave Irwin swings on his upright bass and contributes an occasional vocal. The “man with the thousand tunes,” Pete Shew, is on lead and harmony vocals and the guitar. Several musicians fill the role of our 5th member—on keyboard, mandolin, steel guitar, clarinet, or saxophone.

$8/TWC member; $10/nonmember. Children 15 and younger half price, if accompanied by an adult.


Earth-Day-2014 copy

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