Friday, March 15, 2013

Upcoming Events !

Hello everyone,
 I wanted to make a quick post about some exciting stuff we have coming up at our sites ! This weekend we will be hosting our monthly bird count/potluck at the nature center. We are collecting information about "who" visits the grounds of the center and entering into our ibird account. This information plays into a bigger project being conducted by Cornell University regarding breeding, migration and the effects global warming is having on our migratory birds. It is ok if you can't tell the difference between a robbin and a cardinal, we will have volunteers handy to help you with your id's :) We will be counting Sunday the 17th from 10 am to 2 pm.

Next on the schedule is our Spring Equinox Gathering ! Last fall we decided to host two annual events to celebrate the wonder of the outdoors and showcase some neat things you can do in nature ! It seemed fitting to plan the events around the spring and fall. This gathering Dave Sagan will set up our star lab and give us a tour of the night sky. Interpretive Instructor and hobby historian is going to share some stories and Native American folk lore with us. Interp student Matthew Blackburn has offered to lead guests on a hike that will illustrate how to identify common trees in the area, and we will finish the day off with our "Snakes Near and Far" program.

 Finally the Senior interp. students are hosting an Ohio History event at Robbins Crossing ! Below is their information, I hope this event carries on and serves as a great opportunity for our community to witness to talent of our students and the richness that is our history !

Come join the Historical Interpretation students on Friday, April 12
from 10 AM to 2 PM at the mid-19th century village of Robbins Crossing
for a trip into Ohio's early history. Robbins Crossing is located on
the campus of Hocking College. There will be traditional hearty
home-cooked meals available as well as local businesses offering their
goods for sale. The students will be hosting this experience and
portraying a variety of important cultural topics in local history.


I hope Spring finds everyone well and as always shoot any questions to me here at ungerb@hocking.edu

Monday, February 18, 2013

We're Back !

Greetings Everyone !
 After a long break we are back and attempting to resurrect the blog :)
Some exciting things have happened since out last post so let me try to bring you all up to speed.
 Last year thanks to a generous donation from Lowes in Athens, we were able to install a wonderful outdoor garden for our box turtles. The garden has been a great benefit to the nature center by giving us another outdoor station to teach our visitors and local school children. We also cleared our back area and turned it into a great space that is now usable for teaching. We have been able to greatly expand the comfort level of our visiting schools while teaching about aquatic ecology.The kids now have room to spread out instead of being elbow to elbow on the pond deck or standing in the weeds to catch a glimpse of a macro.
 We also hosted our first "Equinox Gathering" here at the nature center. With a little over 50 visitors throughout the day, guests were treated to programs about snakes, hawks, turtles,and insects. We also had about a dozen stations with crafts,educational displays and a letterbox trail, which will become a permanent fixture here at the center. These events will be twice a year, with the next one happening on March 23rd. In addition to programs and crafts this spring, we are also running an art contest for ages 3-18 with prizes in all categories. Shoot me an e-mail for more information on this.
 This spring we will also be expanding out outdoor education stations to include areas for teaching about the importance of our pollinators. We have plans to install an 800 sqft butterfly garden and we are researching the possibility of honey bee hives. The hives would produce local honey which we would sell at Robbins to fund more improvements. An observation hive is included in the plan and would be installed by our lower pond.
 This past weekend we participated in The Great Backyard Bird Count. We had a fantastic time and with a unanimous vote, decided to make it a monthly event. I will post the March date as well as our other program dates in the next week.
 I am sure I am forgetting a bunch of stuff but this sums it up. We are all keeping busy until spring comes and are getting excited for Robbins Crossing to open. Thanks for reading ! If you are interested in making a donation, scheduling a group. or just stoping in to say hi, give us a call at
740-753-6326 (Nature Center)
740-753-6344(Robbins Crossing)
 

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Friday, February 25, 2011

EECO Conference

Great Environmental Ed Opportunity on the lakeshore!

Check it out at:
http://www.eeco-online.org/conferences/Announcement.htm.