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June 2016 Natural Areas & Preserves eNewsletter

You Can Help Ohio State Nature Preserves This Very Moment

We know there are many Ohioans who, like you, have a love and appreciation of the natural world. Please forward and share our enewsletter with your nature-loving family and friends – and help us spread the word of the beauty and accessibility of Ohio State Nature Preserves.

Enjoy a Program or Hike at a State Nature Preserve

Rhododendron CoveState Nature Preserve staff will be hosting several programs this spring across the state. Attending a program is a great way to learn more about the flora, fauna and geological features we protect.

View the calendar of events

Diamond in the Rough Gets a Little Polish: Stage’s Pond State Nature Preserve

Purple Dwarf Larkspur Stage’s Pond State Nature Preserve, located in Pickaway County, is nature's own monument to the great ice fields which covered most of Ohio 17,000 years ago. This preserve, which was dedicated in 1974, was protected to promote the “Glacial Kettle/Diverse Habitat Association.” This description, however, is not completely accurate.

Join Us in Protecting Ohio State Nature Preserves

Link to brochureWe recently updated the brochure and map that highlights our state nature preserves across the state. Please download, share, and enjoy this piece – which we hope helps to get you out in the field with us!

Join Us in Protecting Ohio State Nature Preserves [pdf]

Ohio Wildflower Bloom Report and Contest Wrap-up for 2016 Season

Winner Photo The blooms started extremely early this season, thanks to a very mild winter. Our first wildflower bloom report was filed nearly a month earlier than last year's. Some species like hepatica were blooming in early January!

Flowers Are Meant to Be Seen

Jeff Johnson, Preserve ManagerBy Jeff Johnson, State Nature Preserves Program Coordinator

I believe Thoreau once wrote that flowers are meant to be seen, not overlooked. For many across Ohio, nothing could be more true! Although we likely need to add trees, mosses, lichens, ferns, grasses and sedges ...

Service in the Preserves: Field Fun

2016 Volunteer Day with ONAPAVolunteers are an essential part of our team in protecting Ohio State Nature Preserves. Read about their accomplishments -- and the fun had -- across the state this spring.