Hocking Hills State Park Programs - Daily

Naturalist Programs & Special Events  

HOCKING HILLS STATE PARK JULY 2018

Wednesday July 4
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.
1:00 PM *BIRDS of PREY- What is the difference between owls and hawks? Come down to the Naturalist Cabin located by the A Frame Bridge to learn about the diurnal and nocturnal birds of prey that make Hocking Hills their home.
Thursday July 5
9:00 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.
1:00 PM* CREEKING- Take a closer look at the crawly critters that live in the creeks and streams around the Hocking Hills. Meet at the shelter house at Ash Cave. Make sure to wear sturdy shoes and clothes you can get muddy. Flip flops not recommended.
Friday July 6
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 *SPIDERS, DISPELLING the MYTHS! Have you ever heard that daddy long legs are the most poisonous spider alive, but their mouths are too small to bite? Let’s learn more about spiders and gain a greater understanding of their importance. Meet at the naturalist cabin located beside the A frame bridge.
Saturday July 7
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.
1:00 PM *TERRIFIC TURTLES- Stop by the Naturalist Cabin located by the A frame bridge to learn about the turtles that make Hocking Hills their home. Learn about the decline of the Eastern Box Turtle and ways we can help.
Sunday July 8
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.
1:00 PM *SKINS and SKULLS: Meet at the naturalist cabin located by the A frame bridge to learn more about the animals that make Hocking Hills State Park their home!

Wednesday July 11
1:00 PM  MAKING TRACKS- Meet the Naturalist at the Naturalist Cabin to learn about animals that make the Hocking Hills home and the tracks they make.
Thursday July 12
9:00 PM *HISTORIC LANTERN TOUR of ASH CAVE- The mystery of Ash Cave is special as far back as the last Ice Age and beyond.  Join the naturalist in the parking lot area to explore Ash Cave by lantern light and learn this special history first hand.  We supply the lights…you supply the imagination. (Please no pets at the lantern tour)
Friday July 13
9:00 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.
Saturday July 14
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.
10:00 AM ROSE LAKE Stand Up Paddleboard “SUP” EXCURSION - Ever wanted to try your hand at SUP?  Maybe you have been paddling for a while and want to learn more.  Well, join the naturalist instructor who will teach participants the proper handling and control of a SUP along with the proper gear.  Equipment will be provided.  Pre-registration is required for this trip and you must sign -up in person at the camp office. Trip size is limited so register early!  Please wear clothing to get wet, no open toe shoes and bring along plenty to drink.
1:00 PM 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.
Sunday July 15
1:00 PM* CREEKING- Take a closer look at the crawly critters that live in the creeks and streams around the Hocking Hills. Meet at the shelter house at Ash Cave. Make sure to wear sturdy shoes and clothes you can get muddy. Flip flops not recommended.
Wednesday July 18
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.
Thursday July 19
1:00 PM REPTILE RAMPAGE - What makes a reptile a reptile? What is cold blooded? What reptiles live around here? For the answers to these and other question, meet the naturalist at the naturalist cabin located by the A frame bridge to learn about the reptiles of Ohio.
Friday July 20
9:00 AM *EVERGREEN HIKE- Meet the naturalist at the parking area of Conkle’s Hollow State Nature Preserve to learn more about the plants that survive year-round. No pets permitted in the preserve please.
10:00 AM ROSE LAKE Stand Up Paddleboard “SUP” EXCURSION - Ever wanted to try your hand at SUP?  Maybe you have been paddling for a while and want to learn more.  Well, join the naturalist instructor who will teach participants the proper handling and control of a SUP along with the proper gear.  Equipment will be provided.  Pre-registration is required for this trip and you must sign -up in person at the camp office. Trip size is limited so register early!  Please wear clothing to get wet, no open toe shoes and bring along plenty to drink.
1:00 PM *BIRDS of PREY- What is the difference between owls and hawks? Come down to the Naturalist Cabin located by the A Frame Bridge to learn about the diurnal and nocturnal birds of prey that make Hocking Hills their home.
Saturday July 21
9:00 AM *ASH CAVE STROLL - Join the naturalist for a short walk to Ash Cave and discover the unique natural & cultural history of this park.
Sunday July 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.
1:00 PM *TREES PLEASE- Meet the naturalist at the Ash Cave Parking lot to learn about some of the trees in the Hocking Hills and their uses. We will take a short walk to learn ways to identify trees in the area.
Wednesday July 25
1:00 PM *ARCHERY- Meet the naturalist at the archery range to learn some basic archery skills. Bows will be available to shoot during this program.
Thursday July 26
9:00 PM *HISTORIC LANTERN TOUR of ASH CAVE- The mystery of Ash Cave is special as far back as the last Ice Age and beyond.  Join the naturalist in the parking lot area to explore Ash Cave by lantern light and learn this special history first hand.  We supply the lights…you supply the imagination. (Please no pets at the lantern tour)
Saturday July 28
9:00 AM *HOW the CIVILIAN CORP HELPED to FORM the HOCKING HILLS*- Join the naturalist at the naturalist cabin located by the A frame bridge. At this presentation you will learn how the CCC helped to build the trails, tunnels, and forests that have made Hocking Hills region what it is today. This Presentation will include a short walk down into the gorge to see some of the work that the men of the Corp helped with.
1:00 PM *TERRIFIC TURTLES- Stop by the Naturalist Cabin located by the A frame bridge to learn about the turtles that make Hocking Hills their home. Learn about the decline of the Eastern Box Turtle and ways we can help.
Sunday July 29
1:00 PM *GAMES OF THE PAST- Meet the naturalist at the naturalist cabin to learn about some of the fun things that pioneer children did when they had free time. Try your hand at some of the games and activities.

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.