All programs meet at the Interpretive Building, unless otherwise noted.

Beeswax & Honey Products
Nov 15 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Feeling stressed this holiday season? This class is the answer! You will use honey, beeswax, and other natural materials to make lotion, lip balm, scent, and dry skin balm. Each item you make will be nicely packaged and labeled – perfect for a no hassle hostess gift – or to reward yourself for good holiday behavior.

Limited to 10 people. Registration deadline Nov 6.

Homeschool Thursday: Ohio’s Ancient Peoples
Nov 15 @ 10:00 am – 1:30 pm

Grades K-2: 10:00 – 11:30

Life would be very different if you lived in Ohio thousands of years ago! Archaeologists have discovered how these people lived by finding artifacts. In this class, we’ll learn about the ancient peoples and get to know the tools they used to survive. We’ll also play an ancient game!

Grades 3-6: 12:00 – 1:30

Ancient peoples of Ohio used many different tools to better their lives. In this session, we’ll look at the tools they used and how they improved over many, many years. Students will make observations and hypotheses based on artifacts they are shown, and we’ll end the class with an ancient game or two.

Cost: Free for members, $4.00 per child for non-members. Adults are free. Registration not required, but preferred. 

Nature Musik: Autumn Weather
Nov 16 @ 10:00 am – 10:45 am

We will do basic rhythm, tonal and movement activities, all based on the seasonal nature that is happening outside the window. Be prepared to sing, dance, play simple instruments and be active with your young child!

Hiking in New Zealand @ The Wilderness Center
Nov 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Join TWC Hikers & Backpackers Club as they welcome avid athlete and outdoorswoman Josie Shafer to share her experience Hiking in New Zealand. Everyone is welcome!

Science to Go: The Anthropocene – Food, Water & Soil Resources
Nov 17 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Over the past few centuries, humankind has reached such a level of influence that we have literally added our very own stratigraphic layer to Earth’s system, ushering in a brand new geologic epoch called, appropriately: The Anthropocene! During this series of three half-day seminars, Dr. Jeff Corney will take you on a trip through the various human-induced environmental issues that have contributed to this new “layer” in Earth’s history.

Topics include our human population’s consumption of materials, energy, food, water, and soil resources and the associated impacts of our actions, including pollution, climate change, ecosystem degradation, and biodiversity loss. Emphasis will be on the science informing us about the causes, connections, scope and scale of these environmental issues. Select articles on these topics will be provided.

For those of you who may have taken one of our Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist (OCVN) courses, consider this series another important step toward interpreting difficult environmental topics. This series may also be eligible for continuing education credit through Ashland University (if interested, please inquire). Feel free to bring snacks and even a lunch.

Seminar I:  Materials & Energy Resources
Saturday, November 10, 9:00 – 12:30

Human population growth and consumption patterns, renewable and non-renewable resource extraction, energy generation, and production of plastics and other commodities.


Seminar II:  Food, Water & Soil Resources
Saturday, November 17, 9:00 – 12:30
Agricultural food production, distribution and waste, water and soil resource use, depletion, erosion, compaction, nitrogen and phosphorus deposition.
Seminar III:  Loss of Global Biodiversity
Saturday, December 1, 9:00 – 12:30

Terrestrial and marine habitat destruction and subsequent loss of plant and animal species via pollution, climate change, acidification, overharvesting, poaching, and land use change.

Nature Photo Club – Year on the Wing
Nov 17 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

We welcome back Jim Roetzel as he shares his techniques for bird photography.

Monthly shooting topic: Foggy Landscape


Wild Edibles: Backyard Chickens for Beginners
Nov 17 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Interested in backyard chickens? Getting started is easy and you don’t need a lot of chickens to have fresh eggs for your family.  Join Teresa Kaminski, Program Director at StarkFresh, for this one hour presentation to learn if chickens are right for you, how to care for chickens and promote fresh eggs.  Free. All are welcome.  No preregistration is required.

Family Backyard Birding
Nov 17 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Bring your kids, your grandchildren or even your neighbor kids for a fun and interesting look at backyard birding. Learn more about our feathered friends, their habits and how to attract them to YOUR yard! After the program we will make PINECONE BIRDFEEDERS for everyone to take home.

Note: These feeders are made with peanut butter, so please let us know if anyone has a peanut allergy and we will provide an alternative. 

Runners of The Wilderness Center
Nov 17 @ 1:00 pm

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!

Tonight’s Sky Planetarium Show
Nov 17 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Discover your way around the night sky!  The instructor will follow from one constellation to another to help you learn how to navigate among the stars.  You will learn star names, constellation stories and the planets in tonight’s sky.

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