Hocking Hills State Park Programs - Daily

Naturalist Programs & Special Events  

February 2017

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Thursday February 2

6:00 PM LAKE HOPE OWL PROWL - Join the Raccoon Creek Partnership for a winter Owl Prowl at the Lake Hope Dining Lodge.  From 5:00-6:00 get cozy by a campfire, and enjoy hot chocolate and marshmallows.  Our program begins at 6:00 with the State Park Naturalist.  Then we will go for an evening walk and try to call in our region’s most stealthy predator; the owl! Be sure to dress for the weather. (Please, no pets at the owl prowl.) 

Friday February 3

10:00 AM *CEDAR FALLS STROLL - Join the naturalist to explore Cedar Falls and discover the unique natural & cultural history of this area of the park.

2:00 PM HOCKING’S WILDLIFE at the CABIN– As you pass by on your hike today stop by the Naturalist Cabin located behind the Old Man’s Cave Visitor Center to explore and for a closer look at some of our native residents.  Naturalist will be available for discussion and to answer questions. 

Saturday February 4

10:00 AM *THE WONDERS of OLD MAN’S CAVE - Meet the naturalist at the Naturalist Cabin for a short hike and discover some facts about the history of the area and the rock formations that are found throughout the park.

2:00 PM CABIN FEVER CURES – Ever wonder what the settlers did to pass time in the winter?  Join the naturalist at the Naturalist Cabin to participate in some historical games & activities to help you pass the winter months.

Saturday February 11, 2017

Take your sweetheart on a romantic stroll to Ash Cave in the soft light of dusk.  Afterwards, enjoy a cozy fire and refreshments. Meet at the parking area at Ash Cave

Friday February 17

10:00 AM *“TAPPING OF THE MAPLES” – It’s that time of the year.  Ever wondered where all that maple syrup comes from?  Join the naturalist at the naturalist cabin located behind the Old Man’s Cave Visitor Center and try your hand at tapping your own tree as we prepare for the annual “Maple Sugaring in the Hills” event here at Hocking Hills March 11&12, 2017. 

Saturday February 18

9:00 AM *RIDGETOPS & HOLLERS” –  Ever wonder about the difference between a ridgetop and a ‘holler’?  Join the naturalist at Ash Cave Parking area to find out. 

2:00 PM HOCKING’S OWLS - Join the naturalist at the Naturalist Cabin for a closer look at Ohio’s winged nocturnal predators.

Thursday February 23

6:00 PM BURR OAK OWL PROWL - Come Join Rural Action's Sunday Creek Watershed Group and ODNR State Park naturalist for a wintry Thursday night Owl Prowl! We will meet at Burr Oak Lodge for a short presentation and then will have the opportunity interact with live owls! Next, we will head outside for a hike to call Barred Owls! Wow! Please dress for the weather, bring a flashlight or headlamp if you desire, and remember it’s important to be quiet so we don’t scare the owls away. This event is family friendly. Burr Oak Lodge will also offer a special meal of soup beans and cornbread available for purchase before the event. Complimentary hot chocolate will be served. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity and we look forward to seeing you there! (Please, no pets at the owl prowl.)  

Friday February 24

9:00 AM CONKLE’S CREEP – Conkle’s Hollow state nature preserve is one of the most unique locations in the Hocking Hills.  Join the naturalist for a short hike to find out why.  Meet in the parking area.

Outdoor programs and activities can be inherently dangerous. Participants accept and acknowledge that any injury or property damage that occurs during a program or activity is not the responsibility of ODNR or its naturalist educators. All programs are subject to change. Notify the naturalist if special accommodations are needed for your participation.
Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.