Arc of Appalachia Events

Arc of Appalachia 2018 Education and Special Events

Gladys Riley event PicGuided Hike at Gladys Riley Preserve

Saturday, March 31, 2018

The Gladys Riley Golden Star Lily Preserve is the first preserve for the Golden Star Lily, an early spring wildflower that is uncommon throughout it’s range. It grows in significant numbers in just one place in Ohio- on the lower run of the Rock Fork tributary in the Scioto Brush Creek Watershed. Join Naturalists, John Jaeger and Dave Kuehner for a Guided Hike at the preserve to catch these rare wildflowers in peak bloom. Registration is required and limited. More information…

13th Annual Wildflower Pilgrimage

Special 2018 Theme: Vernal Pools

Friday- Sunday, April 13 – 15, 2018

The Pilgrimage is the Arc’s largest, oldest and most popular annual event. Staged at the Highlands Nature Sanctuary, it is a weekend that salutes to the most stunning wildflower displays in all of Ohio. The event offer two days of naturalist-guided field trips to the finest floral showcases in south-central Ohio, two evening programs, and full meals – some of the most delicious meals imaginable! It also provides and great company as we share our love of nature together and immerse ourselves in Ohio’s most breathtaking of natural spectacles.   More Information…

steve-freeMusic at the Mound with Steve Free

Sundays at Serpent Mound
May 6, June 3, June 23, July 1, August 19, August 25, September 23 and October 21 – 1pm

Steve Free is an internationally acclaimed award winning singer/songwriter and recording artist. The winner of numerous Music Industry Awards, he has charted 15 songs on The National and International Charts and was the winner of the 2008 Governor’s Arts award as the #1 Artist in his home state of Ohio. He remains one of the most popular American Artist on European and Australian Radio and one of the most respected folk singers in the U.S.A, sharing his inspiring tunes and sensitive lyrics. Open air concert is free with $8/car parking fee. More Information…

The Bee Course – Ohio’s Premier Pollinators

Bee Ecology, Natural History, Conservation & Identification
with  bee experts Olivia Carril & Denise Ellsworth

Friday through Sunday, June 1 – 3, 2018

Join two of America’s “Queen Bees of Pollinator Education” for a workshop on the ecology, natural beauty, identification, and conservation of Ohio’s pollinators. Emphasis will be on enjoying close-up encounters in the field during which time we will meet some of Ohio’s 500 species of bees – including the largest bumblebees, the smallest sweat bees, leaf-cutting bees and mason bees. The weekend will include ideas you can apply at home to attract and sustain pollinators in your home and gardens.  More Information Coming Soon…


Guided Hike at Barrett’s Rim 

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Join Naturalists and hosts of the Nature Guys podcast, Bob Staggenborg and Bill Creasey on a guided hike through the Barrett’s Rim Trail. Barrett’s Rim is one of the most beloved trails at the Highlands Nature Sanctuary. The trail follows the Rocky Fork Creek along the base of a vertical rock wall, and is mostly flat with one short descent and ascent. This is a free hike but registration is required and limited.   More information…

Return of the Snakes to Serpent Mound

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Built by Native Americans at least 1,000 years ago, possibly even longer, Serpent Mound aptly demonstrates the fact that the ability of serpents to inspire and intrigue people is timeless. We will be displaying live snakes, turtles, and even a few amphibians to not only admire and gaze upon, but to touch and learn from. Naturalists from Shawnee State Parks will be on hand to answer your questions and the Arc of Appalachia will offer fun activities for children throughout the day.   More Information…

Guided Hike – Silent Lights at Ridgeview Farm

Night Hike with Firefly Spectacles 

Saturday, June 16, 2018

In June the greatest show on earth is performing in Ohio’s unmowed fields and forest edges. We will immerse ourselves in the firefly spectacle at Ridgeview Farm, where we will see thousands of fireflies – representing six species – lighting up the meadows as far as we can see.   More information coming soon!


The Wonder Workshop – The Hidden World of Insects

Firefly Spectacles by Night & Discovery Walks by Day

Friday, June 22 – Sunday, June 24, 2018

In June the greatest show on earth is performing in Ohio’s unmowed fields and forest edges. June is the season for firefly spectacles, the flight of the giant silkmoths, and the emphemeral Hairstreak butterflies. The season is filled with the midsummer flush of a dizzying diversity of insects that pursue their complex lives right below the average person’s awareness. This workshop is the remedy. Join guest leaders: Kate Redmond, the “Bug Lady”, and John Howard, Southern Ohio expert field naturalist, for a weekend of firefly viewing, insect ID and storytelling.   More Information…

Summer Solstice at Serpent Mound

Saturday, June 23, 2018

The summer solstice celebration at Serpent Mound is an opportunity to anchor our personal connection to the peoples of our past, and the infinity and majesty of our ever mysterious universe. Enjoy a day of poetry readings, music, presentations, guided tours, a BBQ dinner and a sunset watch along the Serpent.   More Information


Stewarding Land for Life Workshop

Owner’s Guide to restoring Beauty, Balance & Biodiversity to the Land

Friday through Sunday, July 13-15, 2018

Join Arc of Appalachia’s director, Nancy Stranahan in exploring how Ohio’s complex plant and animal communities can be restored on an old farm. We’ll visit Red Stone Farm to see the restored Beech Flats Swamp wetlands and view the restoration projects at the Arc’s Rigeview Farm, as well as learn techniques for managing invasive species and introducing native species.  More Information.

Day Workshop – Fern’s of the Eastern Forest

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Join Steve McKee, Botanist and Mark Hoberect, Fern Enthusiast for a day of exploration at the Highlands Nature Sanctuary and Fort Hill identifying Ferns of the Eastern Forest.  Hikes will take place at Barrier Ridge at the Highlands Nature Sanctuary, followed by a lunch and ending the day at Fort Hill.   More Information coming soon! 

Chaparral Prairie Nature Preserve Guided Hike

Saturday, August 4, 2018

The nature preserve now boasts the largest population of rattlesnake master of any prairie in the state, an estimated 10,000 plants, and it also shelters an impressive count of 22 state-listed plants and animal species.  Nearly the entire preserve is covered by ether native prairie or by open woodland dominated by white oaks and the much rarer blackjack oaks and post oaks.Blazing Star Showcases along with Guided Tours by Pre-Registration.   More information…

Astronomy Day at Serpent Mound

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Join us for a day of astronomy lectures provided by the staff of the Cincinnati Observatory and an evening of viewing the moon, planets and stars  using a variety of telescopes at Serpent Mound. More information coming soon!


Archaeology Day at Serpent Mound

Saturday, August 25, 2018

We are celebrating Ohio’s rich American Indian legacies. Attend lectures by prominent archaeologists, tour artifact displays and bring your own collection for help in interpreting what you’ve found, and try your own hand at ancient skills from flint-knapping to atlatl throwing. More information…


Silent Meditation Retreat with Francis Bennett

Friday through Sunday, September 21-23, 2018

Francis Bennett leads us in a weekend of inward contemplation, set in the peaceful tranquility of the Highlands Nature Sanctuary. Attendees are provided daily teachings on Oneness, compassion and loving-kindness.  You will also be given opportunities for discourse with Francis, and instruction and support on your own meditation practice.  More Information.


Sinkholes, Seeps, Stone Arches: The Splendid Karst Landscape of Fort Hill

Saturday, October 20, 2018

For Earth Science Week  the Ohio Geological Survey participates in and leads a number of hikes across the state. Join Douglas Aden of the ODNR Geological Survey for a guided hike at Fort Hill to learn more about the splendid karst at this preserve.   More information coming soon. 

Fall Women’s Retreat

Friday through Sunday, October 5 – October 7, 2018

The ever-popular Women’s Retreat, now in its 13th year, is a true Sanctuary traditionEnjoy the company of other like-minded women and get back to nature in the way that suits you best – whether it be hiking with new friends, meditating under a tree, journaling, or getting a massage on a quiet deck under the canopy of trees. This retreat offers something rarely afforded in our busy lives – taking time out to relax as much as you wish, and participating in optional nature hikes. This is a great way to meet new friends, explore the Sanctuary’s trails, and find that peaceful space within. More Information…