Hidden Treasures of the Edge

AprilApr 24 2020 07:00pm - AprilApr 26 2020 12:00pm UTC

Spend the weekend exploring the hidden treasures of the 20,000 acre Richard and Lucile Durrell Edge of Appalachia Preserve System. One of the most biologically diverse places in Ohio, the Edge encompasses six different bedrock types, a wide variety of habitats and tremendous diversity in plant and animal life. Some of the rarest animals in Ohio are found on the Edge as well as a host of rare plant species. Spring is an opportune time to see much of what the Edge has to offer. Spring ephemerals, cliffs and rock outcrops, migrating warblers and emerging reptiles and amphibians make this time of year particularly exciting.

The Edge of Appalachia Preserve System runs along the edge of the Allegheny Plateau and lies wholly in the rugged, unglaciated portion of south-central Ohio. Elevations can change several hundred feet and the terrain is often rocky and muddy. This class will take place on unimproved dirt trails and off-trail. Participants need to be in good physical condition, able to navigate hills, and off-trail, possibly slippery conditions.
Overnight and meals for this class will be in the “comfortably rustic” Rieveschl Chalet.

Facilitators: Paul and Cathy Knoop, Robyn Wright-Strauss
Paul is retired educator/naturalist from Aullwood Audubon Center & Farm and Cathy is a retired elementary science teacher. Robyn is the Chief Naturalist for Cincinnati Museum Center and the Edge of Appalachia Preserve System.

The workshop costs $110 and includes lodging and meals. Registration deadline is April 11.

For more information or to register, contact Cathy Knoop cathy.h.knoop@gmail.com or Joe Brehm joe@ruralaction.org

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