2017 EVENTS, EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS & OPPORTUNITIES
Dance of the Timber Doodles
Saturday, March 11 at 6:00pm, Honey Run Highlands Park located at 10816 Millersburg Rd. Howard 43028.
Join Guest Instructor Scott Albaugh as we delight in a spring evening while being serenaded by the wings of the American Woodcock. Witness the intricate courtship display of these round little birds against the darkening March sky. A true romantic, the male American Woodcock performs aerial acrobatics in the waning light so that he may entice the nearby females. If weather is appropriate, participants will hear woodcocks and probability is very good to see them as well. Participants are encouraged to dress for the weather and wear boots if it is muddy.
Wildflowers, Part II: Spring Ephemerals
Saturday, April 1 at 10:00am, Honey Run Waterfall located at 10855 Hazel Dell Rd. Howard 43028.
Join Lori Totman, Director Knox County Park District and Noelle Jordan, Brown Family Environmental Center Program Manager on the second of two different dates at two different locations to learn about the brave and beautiful wildflowers that kick off the spring season. These species have a small window of sunshine between snowmelt and tree leaf-out in which to grow, flower, be pollinated, and produce seeds.
Explore A Forest Ecosystem
Saturday, April 15 from 9:00am to 11:00am, Knox Woods State Nature Preserve at 17604 Coshocton Rd. Mount Vernon 43050.
Join Guest Guide Scott Albaugh as we explore Knox Woods State Nature Preserve. The April forest has come alive with life and color after the seemingly lifeless, drab, cold winter. Stroll among some of the largest trees in Knox County while soaking in the splendor of the tiny spring wildflowers that blanket the forest floor. We’ll learn the names of trees and wildflowers and discuss their importance in our world while relishing their diversity and profound beauty.
Warbler Walk at Waterfall & Beyond
Saturday, May 6 from 8:00am to 11:00am, Honey Run Waterfall and Honey Run Highlands located at 10865 Hazel Dell Rd. Howard 43028.
Join Guest Expert Scott Albaugh for this delightful walk. Warblers are an annual highlight to many birders. They burst forth in April and May from their southern retreats into the eastern deciduous forests. Some travel to northern climates and occupy the boreal regions. It’s conceivable that a birder in Ohio can see 30 or more species of warblers in May. This walk will transition through habitats from the low laying stream banks of the Kokosing to the upland pine stands of the Honey Run Highlands in search of these feathered gems. Although we will see many migrating birds, special attention will be placed on the warblers that we encounter along our journey.
Mohican State Scenic River & Water Trail float
Saturday, July 8 9:30 am – 1:00 pm. Park at Brinkhaven ODNR Wildlife area on the north side of S.R. 62 (east bank of the river).
Check-in begins at 9:30am, and a shuttle will be provided at 10:00am to the Greer Landing Access for a 5.5 mile float through remote rolling hills and hemlock forests. Take out under the Bridge of Dreams. Participants should bring water, snacks, and sunscreen. Space is limited, registration required by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
To see the water trail map with these access points, visit http://watercraft.ohiodnr.gov/portals/watercraft/pdfs/maps/wtMohican.pdf
Earn a Paddle Ohio pin by floating four State Scenic Rivers, Water Trails, or select State Park lakes. The July 8th Mohican float could be your first! For more information, visit http://paddle.ohiodnr.gov/
Solar Eclipse Party!
Monday, August 21 from 1:00-4:00pm, Wolf Run Regional Park located at 17621 Yauger Rd. Mount Vernon 43050.
Join the Knox County Park District for this perhaps, once-in-a-lifetime spectacular event at Wolf Run Regional Park. The August 21st Total Eclipse seen throughout much the United States stretching from western to eastern US will be seen as a partial eclipse to those of us in central Ohio. This partial eclipse will certainly not disappoint as we are nearby to the path of totality, which is in Kentucky. A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon completely blocks the sun revealing the sun’s beautiful outer atmosphere known as the corona. The last total solar eclipse visible in the continental United States occurred in 1979 and next one will not take place until 2024. The “party” starts just as the moon shadow on the sun begins. Party-goers will need protective eyewear in order to watch the solar eclipse party. Park District will have some eyewear to lend. For those who do not have protective eyewear we’ll do the old “pinhole in the cardboard box trick”. It works and is also totally awesome! Bring a bag chair and snacks to share with other participants. Knox County Park District will provide lemonade and iced tea.
Fire and Ice!
Saturday, December 9 from 5:30-7:30pm at Honey Run Waterfall located at 10855 Hazel Dell Rd. Howard 43028.
Make plans to join Knox County Park District for this spectacular, magical event! Over 600 luminaries will light your paths to Honey Run Waterfall and the Kokosing State Scenic River. Honey Run Waterfall is one of Knox County’s most spectacular natural gems and is absolutely mesmerizing with the hundreds of candle-lit snowflake-punched bags. Please stay for holiday treats and enjoy a roaring bonfire! Be sure to bring a canned food item(s) for the Food For The Hungry drive. Deposit your food gift in the bin provided. The Knox County Park District thanks you for your generosity to our neighbors and friends!
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