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HOCKING HILLS STATE PARK JUNE 2018

Friday June 1
1:00PM *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.

Saturday June 2
9:00AM*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.

Sunday June 3
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.
1:00PM * BUTTERFLIES- Meet the naturalist at the naturalist cabin located by the A frame bridge to learn more about these winged beauties!

Wednesday June 6
2:00 PM HOCKING’S OWLS - Join the naturalist at the Naturalist Cabin for a closer look at Ohio’s winged nocturnal predators

Thursday June 7
1:00 PM * 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.
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 June 8
9:00 AM *Ridgetops & Hollers- Ever wonder about the difference between a ridgetop and a holler? Join the naturalist at Ash Cave parking lot to find out more!

Saturday June 9
10:00 AM * MAKING TRACKS- Meet the Naturalist at the Naturalist Cabin to learn about animals that make the Hocking Hills home and the tracks they make.
1:00 PM 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.

Sunday June 10
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 shelter house.
1:00PM* 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 June 13
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.

Thursday June 14
1:00PM *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.

Friday June 15
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.

Saturday June 16
1:00PM *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!

Sunday June 17
9:00AM * FISHING- Join the naturalist at Rose Lake to try your hand at catching fish. Poles and bait will be provided. Participants 16 and over will need to have a fishing license to fish.
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 June 21
Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting of the John Glenn Astronomical Park
It all begins with a social gathering at 6:30 and will feature statements by those who helped bring this amazing project to life. We expect the event to be very popular, so please consider attending the opening weekend events on Friday June 22 and Saturday June 23 at which will give visitors a chance to view the sun and stars through our telescopes. Sun and Solar System programs will begin at 6:00 pm on June 22 and 23 and Night Programs will begin at 9:00 pm.

Friday June 22
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.
1:00PM *THE AWESOME POSSUM- Meet the Naturalist at the naturalist cabin to find out what is so awesome about this furry creature.

Saturday June 23
9:00AM *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.

1:00PM * 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.

Sunday June 24
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!
1:00PM *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.

Wednesday June 27
1:00PM *Frogs and Toads, What’s the difference? Meet the naturalist at the naturalist cabin to learn more about frogs and toads.
Thursday June 28
1:00 PM *THE CREATURES OF ROSE LAKE – Join the naturalist at the Rose Lake dam to explore around Rose Lake in search of who might use Rose Lake as their home.

Friday June 29
1:00PM * BUTTERFLIES- Meet the naturalist at the naturalist cabin located by the A frame bridge to learn more about these winged beauties!
9:00PM Share My Campfire: Meet the naturalist at the fire pit located near cottage #10 in the cottage area to listen to or tell stories and make s’mores. (S’more’s provide, please bring your own drinks).

Saturday June 30
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 shelter house.
1:00 PM- How the Civilian Conservation Corp Helped to Form the Hocking Hills. Join the naturalist to learn how the CCC helped to build the trails, tunnels, and forests that have made the 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. Meet at the Naturalist cabin located by the A frame bridge.

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.