Hocking Hills State Park Programs - Daily

Naturalist Programs & Special Events  

October 2017

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Sunday October 1
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
1:00 PM FURS, FEATHERS, FEET & FANGS – Join the naturalist at the naturalist cabin located behind the Old man’s cave visitor center to discover the many special wildlife adaptations and discuss how to search for signs of the species here at Hocking Hills
Friday October 6
9:00AM *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 October 7
9:00 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.
1:00 PM *HOCKING’S BIRDS OF PREY - Join the naturalist at the Naturalist Cabin for a closer look at Ohio’s hawks, owls, eagles, and vultures.
Sunday October 8
9:00 AM *CEDAR FALLS STROLL - Join the naturalist to explore Cedar Falls and discover the unique natural & cultural history of this area of the park. Meet at the trail head.
1:00PM *HOCKING’S WILDLIFE at the CABIN – As you pass by on your hike today, stop by the Naturalist Cabin to explore and take a closer look at some of our native residents.  Naturalist will be available to explain and answer questions.
Friday October 13
9:00 AM *CANTWELL’S CREATIONS - The forest and geology at Cantwell Cliffs are some of the most diverse in the park.  Meet the naturalist at the parking area for a discovery hike through this unique location.

Sunday October 15
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.
Saturday October 21
9:00AM *ASH CAVE HIKE- Join the Naturalist at the Ash Cave parking lot for a nice leisurely hike into Ash Cave to learn about some of the local history and geology of the area.
1:00PM * Naturalist Cabin” OPEN”-  Come to the naturalist cabin located behind the Old Man’s Cave visitor center for a closer look some of the history of the area. Learn a new game from days gone by or see how the pioneers lived.
Sunday October 22
9:00 AM *CEDAR FALLS STROLL - Join the naturalist to explore Cedar Falls and discover the unique natural & cultural history of this area of the park. Meet at the trail head.
1:00PM * MAKING TRACKS- Meet the Naturalist at the Naturalist Cabin to learn about animals that make the Hocking Hills home and the tracks they make.

Friday October 27
7:00 pm - *HAUNTED HOCKING: Spirits of Ash Cave – Is Ash Cave really haunted or could it be something else?   Join the naturalist at the Ash Cave parking area to explore the possibilities.  (This program does contain ghost stories…parents; you know your children best and should decide if it is appropriate.  Please, no pets at Haunted Hocking.) 
Saturday October 28
11am-12 - Pumpkin decorating at the Old Man's cave shelter house.  For children 12 & under.  Adult supervision required.

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Saturday October 28
The following events are for registered campground/cottage guests:
1:00 - 4:00 pm – Hayrides through the campground.  Starts at main shower house. This is your chance to see all of the decorated    campsites and tell us your favorite.  
Best Decorated Campsite award will be given right after Trick-or-Treat!          
6:00 pm - Costume parade at the amphitheater.
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm - Trick or Treat in the campground!!
Vehicle traffic will be stopped for 1 hour only.
8:30 pm - Halloween movies at the Amphitheater.
Sit back with your trick or treat "bootie" and enjoy a family fun Halloween movie.

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Sunday October 29
1:00PM * BATS of OHIO-  Meet the naturalist at the naturalist cabin to learn about some of the bats that make Ohio their home. Learn about why these winged mammals are so beneficial to humans. 

 

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.