Hocking Hills State Park Programs - Daily

Naturalist Programs & Special Events  

December 2017

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Friday 1
10:00 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.


Saturday 2
1:00 PM *FIRESIDE CHAT- Bundle up and meet the naturalist beside the fire pit at the naturalist cabin to talk about the topic of the day. Each visit will bring a different topic ranging from local folklore & history to plants and animals. We might even sneak in a special guest or two.  Bring a mug along we will have the kettle on!
5:00PM* ASH CAVE (ALMOST) FULL MOON HIKE- Meet the naturalist at the Ash Cave parking lot to learn about the animals that use the night as cover in the Hocking Hills. Wear sturdy shoes and bundle up against the cold. No pets please on the night hike.


Sunday 3
10:00AM * 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.


Friday 8
10:00AM *EVERGREEN HIKE- Meet the naturalist at the parking area at Cantwell Cliff’s for a hike along Cantwell’s rim trail to learn more about the hardy plants that make the cold winter more colorful. Make sure to bundle up and wear sturdy shoes.


Saturday 9
5-7 PM Christmas in Ash Cave -Step away from the hectic holiday season and come bundled for the weather while enjoying a lighted stroll back to Ash Cave.  Once you arrive at the cave warm with refreshments by an open fire.  Listen to our holiday music, have the kids visit with an old fashion Santa or help to decorate our Christmas tree for wildlife.


Friday 15
10:00AM *WHISPERING CAVE HIKE- Meet the naturalist at the trailhead located by the cabin/lodge area for a moderately strenuously hike to the second largest recess cave East of the Mississippi!


Saturday 16
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.


Friday 22
10:00 AM *WINTER SOLSTICE HIKE-  Winter officially began yesterday at 11:28AM so let’s start the countdown to spring with a hike! Meet the naturalist at the naturalist cabin for a leisurely hike to learn about the solstice and about some of the features of the Hocking Hills afterwards we will enjoy a mug of warm tea or hot chocolate and a sweet treat!


Saturday 23
10:00 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.
1:00 PM *FIRESIDE CHAT- Bundle up and meet the naturalist beside the fire pit at the naturalist cabin to talk bout the topic of the day. Each visit will bring a different topic ranging from local folklore & history to plants and animals. We might even sneak in a special guest or two.  Bring a mug along we will have the kettle on!

 

Friday 29
10:00 AM *SCALAWAGS & RENEGADES - The Ohio Frontier was full of heroes and shady characters.  Meet at the Shelter House at the Rock House to hike and explore our local history.


Saturday 30
Audubon Winter Bird Count - Hocking Hills State Park will again be participating in this year’s annual Audubon winter bird count. Group 5 will meet at the naturalist office near Old Man’s Cave starting at 8 AM and divide up our area to survey. The final tally-up will be at 3:00 PM at the Camp Oty’Okwa Dining Lodge. Bring a lunch and your binoculars and come dressed for the weather. Interested birders should contact the naturalist at (740) 385-8003 Ext.213 if they wish to help.


Sunday 31
1:00 PM *FIRESIDE CHAT- Bundle up and meet the naturalist beside the fire pit at the naturalist cabin to talk about the topic of the day. Each visit will bring a different topic ranging from local folklore & history to plants and animals. We might even sneak in a special guest or two.  Bring a mug along we will have the kettle on!


Monday January 1, 2018
1:00PM *FIRST DAY HIKE- Start the New Year off right with a Conkle’s Hollow Rim Trail Hike! Meet the naturalist in the parking area of Conkle’s Hollow for a 2 ½ mile hike. Along the way we will discuss some of the local history of Conkle’s Hollow. Wear sturdy shoes and bundle up.

 

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.