Natural History Tours


Wilderness Week at The Wallhouse

April 13-16, 2020

Explore the rich natural and cultural heritage of Ohio’s Amish Country. Through field trip excursions and on-site presentations, this small-group tour will teach you about geology, watersheds and the plants and animals that make Holmes County unique, all while learning about and enjoying the Amish culture. Stay in comfort at The Wallhouse Hotel, a boutique destination in the heart of Amish Country.

Possible trip highlights (dependent on weather, group interest):

  • Explore wetland and streams to discover the delicate balance that supports an abundance of life in the Killbuck Marsh Wildlife Area.
  • Explore local geology, land use patterns, and their cultural significance
  • Visit locally-owned sawmill, lumberyard, and furniture manufacturer to experience the sustainable forestry industry from tree to table.
  • Experience the idyllic setting of Ohio’s Amish Country and enjoy food specialties of the region.

About Your Guide

Carrie Elvey is the Senior Naturalist and program coordinator of the OAKS Life-long Learning Academy at The Wilderness Center. Carrie had been at the Wilderness Center for twenty years and is the two-time Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist program Teacher of the Year. She has led many small group tours, both locally and nationally. She grew up in Holmes County, playing in the creek and bringing frogs and salamanders home in her pockets. Her passion is reconnecting adults with the joys of childhood discovery that nature exploration provides.

Cost: $450/person double occupancy, $595/person single occupancy

Includes: Meals (3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners, snacks), admissions/tickets, guide service, tips, lodging. Does not include transportation.



Check-in at The Wallhouse beings Monday, April 13 at 3:00. We will meet for an orientation dinner at 5:00. The program will conclude at 9:00 am on Thursday, April 16, following breakfast at the hotel.

To register, contact The Wilderness Center at 330.359.5235. Full payment is due at time of registration. Deadline to register is April 3.


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