The Wilderness Center Special Interest Clubs
The Wilderness Center is the home to special interest clubs. People who share common interests come together to explore their hobbies and serve the community. These special interest clubs are a vital piece of The Wilderness Center community.
Each club has its own officers and plans its own activities. (Some may collects dues and produce newsletters; others are highly informal.) The only requirement is a membership in The Wilderness Center.
For information about any of our clubs, call TWC at (330) 359-5235. You are also welcome to just visit a meeting or club event.
TWC’s Astronomy Club is a friendly group of people who share a common interest in astronomy. We offer programs and projects that appeal to a variety of interests, knowledge, and skills. We have a special interest in school education through TWC’s in-house and outreach programs. We have members with all levels of expertise, from newcomers to advanced amateurs. We welcome anyone who has an interest in the night sky. We meet monthly for a program and meeting. Public observing is held at TWC’s Astronomy Education Building on the first Friday of each month at 8 p.m., along with a planetarium program regardless of the weather. Many members also bring their own telescopes. See the website www.twcac.org for details and more information.
The Backpackers and Dayhikers is a very active group. The club sponsors at least one weekend backpack trip each month. The trips take us to remote areas in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio. Each year, we have a week trip in the western U.S. We have traveled to Wyoming, Colorado, and Oregon. Day hikes are scheduled through the year as well as canoeing, biking, and cross country skiing. We welcome anyone who shares our love of the woods and forest, and enjoys the physical and mental challenges backpacking requires. We meet each month at the Center to plan trips and learn how to make our outdoor activities more enjoyable.
Our organization was established in 1988 under the leadership of Henry Merkle. Our membership leads monthly birdwalks the third Saturday of each month on The Wilderness Center trails. Other Bird Club events include monthly day trips to surrounding areas, weekend birding trips throughout the year, and our annual picnic in July. The annual business meeting is held in September at TWC with a potluck dinner to plan our calendar. We sponsor and lead several programs during the year for adults and children alike. Our “backyard birding program”, held in the fall, provides families with information on the “how-tos” of planning a feeding station at your home, and a fun project for the children to take home. Other programs feature naturalists, reports from exciting birding adventures, and other instructional birding topics. Programs are for individuals and families interested in learning more about birds and their habitats.
TWC Bird Club members also participate in the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count and International Migratory Bird Day in the Black Swamp area of NW Ohio.
Our website provides information that includes an events calendar, current bird sightings, bird news, and information on membership requirements.
Be sure to check out the new waterfall and pond which was donated in fond memory of founders Henry Merkle and Winnie Sarno, and can be seen from the Observation Room.
The Wilderness Center’s Botanizers Club
The Botanizers Club is interested in studying and identifying plants, shrubs, mosses, mushrooms, and grasses. The main activity is field trips to find and identify plants. The day-long trips run throughout the state to widely varied sites such as woods, prairies, and bogs. The trips are often to places closed to the public. A weekend trip is held annually to a place of special interest.
Knowledge of plant botany is not necessary to join the group, only interest in wild plants and a desire to learn about them.
The Botanizers lead several plant walks during the year for the general public on Center properties. All members are encouraged to participate in these walks and share their plant knowledge and interest with others.
The Wilderness Center Cavers and Climbers
What is caving? We are a National Speleological Society affiliated caving club, which means we are big into safety, training, and cave conservation-Machan’s Rock cave is our club project-and fun! We cave in Ohio and neighboring states, do a little camping, and see some incredible places, both in-cave and out. We love beginning cavers and have trips to get you started. We are a rock climbing club! We do top-roping, bouldering, rappelling, and ascending. We climb both indoors and out at Kendall Cliffs indoor climbing wall near Peninsula, Red River Gorge, KY, Seneca Rocks, WV, and local areas.
The Wilderness Center Fly Fishing Club
The Fly Fishing Club was formed in 1996. Its mission is to stimulate enthusiasm, interest, and awareness in stream and lake ecosystems and to foster developing mastery of fly fishing and fly tying skills and techniques for all types of fly fishing. The club holds meetings during the winter months with activities ranging from fly tying sessions to didactic presentations about subjects related to fly fishing. On-the-water excursions are planned for warm weather months. For more information, direct your e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Geocaching Club combines outdoor adventure with the latest GPS technology. Meetings are listed in the Center’s Members’ Newsletter. To learn more about Geocaching visit http://www.geocaching.com
The Wilderness Center Geology Club
The Geology Club was organized in 1998. It consists of people interested in nature and the earth sciences, with a major emphasis on geology. The club is for people of all ages and backgrounds who desire to learn more about geology and wish to share their knowledge and experiences with others.
Monthly meetings are held at TWC and in the field. Both professional and amateur geologists serve as guest speakers and field trip leaders. Join us for learning and fun. Please contact Lynda Price at Lynda@wildernesscenter.org for more information.
The Nature Book Group is a reading and discussion group with a theme of nature, the environment, and our participation in the natural world. Selections may be fact or fiction, about observations or issues, and have included biography, essay, and memoir. The Nature Book Group meets at The Wilderness Center on the first Saturday of September, November, January, March and May. Time is 2:00 – 3:30. This is an informal group with no dues. Drop-ins are welcome at any meeting they find to be of interest.
TWC’s Nature Photo Club is a group of people interested in improving their picture taking skills. All levels of skill are represented from beginner “point and shooters” to a few “pros”. The programs, field trips, and contests are all designed to improve the photography capabilities of those involved. The club provides members with opportunities for showing accomplishments, having work critiqued, sharing information, receiving instruction, and entering contests.
The Wilderness Center Needle Crafters Club
The TWC Needle Crafters meet on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, from 10 a.m.-noon. Bring your project and supplies, enjoy working and chatting with others, and get help with that pattern instruction that’s driving you nuts! Embroiderers, knitters, crocheters, quilters, needlepointers, and other handworkers welcome!
Anyone who wants to should bring a treat to share. For questions, call Joann at the Center, (330)-359-5235 or email her at Joann@wildernesscenter.org.
The Wilderness Center Woodcarving Club
Are you fascinated by the ability to take a nondescript block of wood and transform it into something useful or a work of art? If so, join TWC’s Woodcarvers. The club meets from 9 until noon on the second and fourth Saturdays each month. Learning is accomplished with members sharing their expertise and the presentation of a little project each month. These monthly projects give us the opportunity to get acquainted with many techniques as well as a variety of materials and styles of carving from whittling to detailed woodburning. TWC members of all skill levels from beginners to skilled carvers are welcome.
Woodcarving Show Third weekend in September FREE!
Enjoy the carvings, attend a workshop, win prizes,have lunch, spend the day!