Hiram College

Friends of the Field Station is sponsoring three Nearby Nature hikes for the month of June. To register for any of these hikes, call 330-569-6003 or email sorrickmw@hiram.edu.

The Couch Preserve: Exploration and Service

Friday, June 1 (6:30-8:30pm)

Located within the village of Hiram is a new preserve that contains a section of old growth forests, meadows for meadowlarks, a paw paw patch, a little bedrock, springs and an historic landscape that tells a historic story. While exploring this preserve, the group will do a little bit of litter clean up and leave the landscape better than found. Meet at the Hiram Village Park adjacent to the Fire Station.

Hiking fee: $5 for non-members, $3 for members.

Nice and Easy Canoe Trip

Sunday, June 10 (10:00am-1:00pm)

Paddle on the serene upper Cuyahoga River near Burton.  The slow moving state scenic river winds through extensive wetlands and bottomland forests near Russell Park in Geauga County. The tour begins and ends at Russell Park on Rapids Road 2 miles north of U.S. Rte. 422 in Troy Township. Wildlife of the area includes river otters, beaver, mink, sandhill cranes, bald eagles, prothonotary warblers and the extremely rare jewelwing.

Length: 3 miles. Fee: $25 per person for non-members, $20 for members.


An Accidental Garden

Saturday, June 30 (8:00-10:00am)

The profusion of weedy wildflowers along the former rail line that runs through an old industrial area of Ravenna is quite amazing and beautiful. This Portage Hike and Bike Trail is a botanical showcase. Velvet soft mullein, exotic viper’s bugloss and a host of other vibrant flowers grow between the ties and along the rails. A surprising number of songbirds and butterflies also add to the charm of this seeming unattractive area.

Hiking fee: $8 for non-members, $5 for members. Directions will be sent upon registration.