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Three Hikes for National Public Lands Day in Portage County on Sept. 29

Posted on 9/14/2018 by State Nature Preserves

KENT, OH – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Natural Areas and Preserves is joining a number of local and state partners to commemorate National Public Lands Day by hosting a series of hikes on Sept. 29 in Portage County. Free to the public, this family friendly event will give visitors a chance to learn more glacially formed wetlands.

This hike series is being coordinated by the Kent Environmental Council and Friends of the Kent Bog in conjunction with ODNR, TNC and Kent State University’s Department of Biological Sciences.

Participants can choose to participate in one or more of the naturalist-led hikes. (Transportation between sites will not be provided, and ride sharing is recommended as parking is limited at all three sites.)

Ohio has lost more than 90 percent of its original wetlands since European settlement. Bogs and fens contain several of Ohio’s most rare and unique flora. By visiting some of Ohio’s most fragile wetlands, visitors will be able to gain a valuable understanding of the benefits and beauty of these rare natural features.

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of natural resources for the benefit of all.