Hiram College

Friends of the Hiram College Field Station will sponsor two Nearby Nature Hikes for the month of December. Register by calling or emailing Matt Sorrick at 330.569.6003 or sorrickmw@hiram.edu.

Tracing the Trolleys – Sunday, December 4 (1-5 p.m.)

Discover the artifacts of a bygone era when the towns and villages of Northeast Ohio were linked by a web of electric rail lines. A trolley system connected Garrettsville, Middlefield and Chardon to Cleveland but not each other. Each of the three rail lines left clues scattered across the landscape of Portage and Geauga that will help us understand this bygone era. The hike will trace the trolley clues by van with stops along the route. Pre-registration is required as space is limited. Fee: $5 for students, $7 for members/faculty/staff, $10 for non-members.

Chamberlain Road: A New Portage Park – Sunday, December 18 (11 a.m.-1 p.m.)

Explore this undeveloped Portage Park on the headwaters of the Aurora branch of the Chagrin River. A variety of trees and biotic communities are awaiting discovery on the rolling glacial landscape. There are no formal trails allowing for the discovery of hidden gems and woodland secrets as we explore the nooks and crannies of this closed preserve. Directions provided upon registration. Donations will be collected for the Portage Park District.