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Nearby-Nature Adventures are sponsored by the Friends of the Hiram College Field Station with the goal of providing educational nature explorations in and around the Hiram area. Each adventure is coordinated and guided by naturalists and educators. Nature programs take place in all but the most severe weather. Sturdy shoes and appropriate clothing are a must for all outdoor programs. Pre-registration required.

To register, or for more information, phone 330.569.6003 or email sorrickmw@hiram.edu

Friends of the Field Station is a group of interested citizens who enjoy nature, want to be involved in a community of nature enthusiasts and share a concern for preserving the natural integrity of the Hiram College Field Station.

Memberships begin at just $20. Become a member of Friends of the Field Station by calling 330.569.6003 or email sorrickmw@hiram.edu.

Below are some adventures that you can take part in:

“Ohio’s Regulations of Natural Gas Development and Disposal of Oilfield Wastes” – A talk by Tom Tomastik, M.S

April 7, 2011 (7 p.m., Kennedy Center Ballroom, Hiram College)

Tom Tomastik is a geologist in the Technical Support Section and Underground Injection Control for the Division of Mineral Resources Management, Ohio Department of Natural Resources

Part 2 of a series @ Natural Gas Drilling, sponsored by the Center for the Study of Nature and Society, Hiram College

“Hops, Chirps, Quacks & Drums: The Unique Calls of Frogs and Toads”

April 8 (7 p.m.-8:30 p.m.)

Open your ears and help us identify the chirps, quacks, drums and plunks of our local hopping amphibians as they return to spring ponds to reproduce. We will dip nets into the pond and hopefully catch a glimpse of these slippery croakers, too. Bring your warm clothes, rubber boots and quiet voices to the Hiram College Field Station. Fee: $5 per family, $2 for individuals, Free for members of the Friends of the Field Station. To register, or for more information, phone 330.569.6003 or email sorrickmw@hiram.edu

“Sunday Morning Audubon Bird Walks @ the Hiram College Field Station”

April 10, 17, 24; May 1, 8, 15 (7:30 a.m.)

Whether you are a birding enthusiast or a beginner, there is a lot to see, hear and learn. Join birding expert Eric Faber and other avid birders for one or more of these early morning walks to welcome and enjoy the return of our feathered migrant friends along their journey northward. This will be a chance to learn from excellent birders and get started in this rewarding hobby. Meet at the Hiram College Field Station with your binoculars. Free to all participants.

“Bloodroot Shuffle”

April 15 (6 p.m.-8 p.m.)

For just a few days each spring, one our most beautiful wildflowers unfolds its white star-like flowers. Small pockets of these ephemeral beauties grow in profusion in several surprising places near Hiram. With luck we will be able to see these spring lovelies in full bloom, along with other spring beauties and dour skunk cabbage. What a floral mix. Join naturalist Bob Faber at the intersection of the Headwaters Trail and Asbury Rd. at 6 p.m. Fee: $4 for non-members, FREE for members of Friends of the Field Station. To register, or for more information, phone 330.569.6003 or email sorrickmw@hiram.edu

“Public Health Impacts of Unconventional Gas Extraction” – A talk by Conrad Volz, Ph.D

April 20, 2011 (7 p.m., Kennedy Center Ballroom, Hiram College)

Conrad Volz is Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, Director & Principal Investigator of the Center for Healthy Environments & Communities and Director of the Environmental Health Risk Assessment Certificate Program at the University of Pittsburgh

Part 3 of a series @ Natural Gas Drilling, sponsored by the Center for the Study of Nature and Society, Hiram College

“The Ecology and Natural History of Ohio’s Vermillion River Watershed” – A talk by Mary Garvin, Ph.D

April 21, 2011 (7:30 p.m., Hiram College Library)

Mary Garvin is Professor and Chair, Department of Biology at Oberlin College. Her talk will describe the ecology and natural history of Ohio’s Vermilion River watershed, and is based on a book she and a colleague published, entitled “Living in the Vermilion River Watershed.” The book is a compilation of 23 articles and 300 photos by scientists, regional experts, residents and Oberlin College students and was a collaborative project between the Western Reserve Land Conservancy and Oberlin College.

“Calling All Weed-Pullers!”

April 23 (9 a.m.-Noon)

Garlic mustard is an insidious, non-native plant that invades forest edges and trails and threatens native wildlife. Grab your gloves and join us in an effort to control this from spreading throughout the Field Station.

“Eagle Creek Wildflower Lollapalooza”

May 1 (5 p.m.-7 p.m.)

Join naturalist Bob Faber and discover the amazing display of wildflowers along the trails of the Eagle Creek State Nature Preserve near Garrettsville. Following our exploration of the forest, those who wish can retire to the nearby Candlelight Winery for a little sip of the grape. Meet at 5 p.m. at the Eagle Creek preserve 2 miles northeast of Garrettsville on Center St, and 1 mile south on Hopkins Rd. Fee: $6 for non-members, $3 for members of Friends of the Field Station (wine not included). To register, or for more information, phone 330.569.6003 or email sorrickmw@hiram.edu

Dates / Times Program Description Cost
June 27-July 1(9 a.m.- 4 p.m.) Student Scientists(ages 14-16) “Citizen Science” opportunities abound as students investigate animals, plants and environmental conditions. Students will use technology-based data collectors at the Field Station and other natural areas using to learn about natural communities, species populations and how their observations can lead to a better understanding about climate change. $140($125 for members)
July 5-9(9 a.m.- 4 p.m.) Adventure Naturalists(ages 11-13) Become immersed in nature as we travel the area in search of unique habitats and interesting adventures in an effort to learn about the environment. This program includes a cookout & campout Friday evening. Camp ends Saturday at 9 a.m. $140($125 for members)
June 27-July 1July 25-29

(9:30- 11 a.m.)

BioBuddies(ages 3 & 4, with adult) Bring your senses (and an adult) as we explore nature young children. Each day will be a different adventure full of learning, fun and memories for little hands and big imaginations.  Each week is a different theme. $40($35 for members)
June 27-July 1orJuly 25-29

(9 a.m.- Noon)

Half-Day Hikers(ages 5-7) Sensory explorations in nature to stimulate curiosity and teach about the wonders of the natural world. $75($65 for members)
June 27-July 1orJuly 25-29

(9 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.)

Nature Explorers(ages 8-10) Explore the slimy, smelly, wet and dirty parts of ecosystems as they hike, crawl, wade and slog through forests, fields, ponds and streams. $140($125 for members)