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ODNR Offers More Summer Hikes in July

Posted on 7/8/2016 by State Nature Preserves

COLUMBUS, OH – Summer is a fantastic time to explore Ohio’s state nature preserves. With clear skies and warm weather, Ohioans can have a great day outdoors by keeping in mind some safety tips. Bring water and a high-energy snack for refreshments. Wear lightweight, loose-fitting and light-colored clothing as well as a hat to reduce sun exposure. Stay in the shade and try to avoid hiking during the hottest part of the day, typically mid-afternoon.

Here are some organized hikes for July:

All About Trees Hike at Mentor Marsh State Nature Preserve – Explore the woodland habitat on Sunday, July 10, from 2-3:30pm. Learn about forest animals and why diverse forests are important. Meet at the nature center. RSVPs are requested. For more information, call 440-257-0777, email rdonaldson@cmnh.org or visit the Mentor Marsh Facebook page.

Interpretive Hike Through the Dunes at Headlands Dunes State Nature Preserve - In cooperation with the City of Mentor "Beach Fest." Saturday, July 16, meet at 2pm at the northern terminus of the Buckeye Trail located near parking lot #1. For more information call 330-527-5118 or adam.wohlever@dnr.state.oh.us.

Tree ID Hike (10am) and Little Green Plants (1pm) at Boch Hollow State Nature Preserve - See a wonderful variety of habitats within a short range on Sunday, July 17. On the Tree ID Hike we will ID up to 20 tree species both leaves and bark on a one-mile hike, 10am-Noon. At 1pm, we will learn the names and how to identify many plants that are just little and green most of the time. Learn some interesting facts about how they fit into our ecosystem. Participants are welcome to pack a lunch between hikes. Meet at the Boch Hollow office.

Summertime Botany Walk at Irwin Prairie State Nature Preserve – Take part in a leisurely boardwalk stroll on Sunday, July 17 from 1-3pm. Great efforts have been made to push back the invasion of buckthorn and other invasive species has allowed many endangered plant species to flourish in this wet sedge-meadow community. For more information, call 419-445-1775.

Wildlife Detectives Hike at Mentor Marsh State Nature Preserve – Find wildlife around the marsh on Sunday, July 17, from 2-3:30pm. Meet at the nature center. RSVPs are requested.  For more information, call 440-257-0777, email rdonaldson@cmnh.org or visit the Mentor Marsh Facebook page.

Progressive Prairie Hike at Smith Cemetery State Nature Preserve -- Learn about the pioneers from the area and enjoy the beautiful summer wildflowers on Saturday, July 23 from 11am-1pm. The agenda will include visits to Smith Cemetery, Bigelow Cemetery and Milford Center Prairie. For more information, call 937-537-6173.

Wetlands Walk at Mentor Marsh State Nature Preserve – Learn about wetlands restoration on Sunday, July 24 from 2-3:30pm. Meet at the nature center. RSVPs are requested.  For more information, call 440-257-0777, email rdonaldson@cmnh.org or visit the Mentor Marsh Facebook page.

Adams County Prairie Tour at Shawnee State Park – On Saturday, July 30, take part in a tour of four separate preserves in Adams County from 9am-1pm. Participants should meet at the Shawnee Lodge lobby at 9am to caravan to the area’s prairie habitats. Bring a camera to capture the beauty, dress in layers and pack a lunch. For more information, call 740-858-6652.

Secret Signs of Life at Boch Hollow State Nature Preserve - Many wonderful plants insects and animals stay out of sight, but leave signs for us to find. Explore the fields and woods with a naturalist on Sunday, July 31 from 10am-Noon as we uncover mysteries of birds, mammals and insects. We’ll hike around two miles with frequent stops. Bring water and sturdy shoes. Meet at Boch Hollow office.

Moth Mania at Mentor Marsh State Nature Preserve – Find out why moths are an important indicator of ecosystem health on Sunday, July 31 from 2-3:30pm. Take part in an afternoon moth hunt. Meet at the nature center. RSVPs are requested.  For more information, call 440-257-0777, email rdonaldson@cmnh.org or visit the Mentor Marsh Facebook page.