All programs meet at the Interpretive Building, unless otherwise noted.
The choices we make in our yards and gardens can have an impact on the wildlife diversity of our local ecosystems. A recent study by the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute has found a direct link between the use of non-native plants in landscaping and the decline of a common resident bird species, the Carolina chickadee. Why? Many insects do not eat non-native plants. Those insects, particularly caterpillars, are food for baby birds. Native plants support a large variety of insects and serve as the link that takes the energy plants have harnessed from the sun to, in turn, provide food for other wildlife.
With so much land in suburban and rural yards, we can literally garden as if life (and the diversity of wildlife) depends on it! Come to the native plant sale to discover the wide variety of native plants available for landscaping. Attend the gardening seminars to learn ways gardening can improve soil health, support complex food webs, protect threatened species, help local water quality, decrease habitat fragmentation and more.
Cost: $5.00 per Saturday Gardening Seminar session, payable at the door.
Soil: The Ecosystem Under Our Feet, 10:00 – 11:00
Dr. Jeffery Corney, TWC Executive Director
“Soil is the great connector of our lives, the source and destination of us all.” -Wendell Berry. We will learn why soil is so much more than just “dirt” by exploring how soil forms, what comprises a healthy soil, what fantastic beasts live within the soil and how soil makes possible all of the plant and animal life that we have come to enjoy and depend upon.
Promoting Wildlife Diversity in Your Yard, 11:15 – 12:15
Lynda Price, TWC Senior Naturalist
Learn how to create living landscapes and healthy plant communities while enjoying gardening and wildlife watching. Increase the diversity of plants in your landscape, discover ecosystem friendly gardening techniques and then learn how to share your backyard with the wildlife it attracts.
Gardening for Pollinators, 1:00 – 2:00
Pat Dutton, Pollinator Specialist
Pollinators are under threat from a variety of stresses (including habitat loss, pests, pesticides and climate change), but gardeners can make a difference in their own gardens. With a bit of knowledge and effort, gardeners can choose plants and practices that help pollinators.
Wildflower Walk, 2:15 – 3:15
Join TWC Botanizers Tim and Paula Lavey for a spring wildflower walk. Free
Join us to help fight invasive species! Garlic mustard will out-compete native plant communities for water and nutrients, and produce chemicals that interrupt soil processes. Invasive species are the single greatest danger to native biodiversity.
Come help us protect the wildlife and landscape that you love at TWC. Garlic mustard pulls will take place on April 27 from 10:00 – 2:00. Volunteers should bring gloves and meet at the Interpretive Building.
Mid-April through May is prime mushroom hunting season in Ohio. Join us for an introduction to the techniques that will help you locate, identify, and harvest wild mushrooms in a sustainable manner while hiking through the habitat in which you will likely find and identify a variety of spring mushrooms. Presenter, Don King is a local artist, educator, and wild-food enthusiast. He has been studying and collecting edible mushrooms and other foraged edibles for more than ten years. He often documents his finds on his website, themushroomhunter.com. No preregistration is required.
The Runners of The Wilderness Center are a group of members who meet once a week for friendship and to enjoy our trails. Every pace is welcome!
The choices we make in our yards and gardens can have an impact on the wildlife diversity of our local ecosystems. Native plants support a large variety of insects and serve as the link that takes the energy plants have harnessed from the sun to, in turn, provide food for other wildlife. With so much land in suburban and rural yards, we can literally garden as if life (and the diversity of wildlife) depends on it! Come to the native plant sale to discover the wide variety of native plants available for landscaping in your own backyard.
Everybody needs a pebble, a rock or even a boulder! Hear rock stories and play rock games then find your own special rock at the rock pit.
Orient yourself each season to the naked-eye night sky as you discover the constellations and brighter objects in the heavens. Learn a working knowledge of the sky, how to navigate around it and why it changes with the seasons.
This series of programs, by TWC Astronomy Club members, will be offered on the first Friday of the month from February to November. Each program is followed by The Astronomy Club’s Star Watch at 8:00 which includes a planetarium theater show and observing when clear. This program is appropriate for interested youth (middle school age and above) and adults only.