Hocking Hills State Park - Programs

Hocking Hills State Park Programs and Events

July 2017

 

Saturday July 1
11:00AM REPTILES- Come to the naturalist cabin to learn about the reptiles that make the Hocking Hills home.

4:00PM Naturalist Cabin” OPEN”-  Come to the naturalist cabin located behind the Old Man’s Cave visitor center for a closer look some of the history of the area. Learn a new game from days gone by or see how the pioneers lived.

Sunday July 2
9:00AM CEDAR FALLS STROLL - Join the naturalist to explore Cedar Falls and discover the unique natural & cultural history of this area of the park.

12:00PM HOCKING’S BIRDS OF PREY - Join the naturalist at the Naturalist Cabin for a closer look at Ohio’s hawks, owls, eagles, and vultures.
3:00PM ARCHERY- - Meet the naturalist at the archery range to learn some basic archery skills. Bows will be available to shoot during this program.

Monday July 3
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.
2:00PM MAKING TRACKS- Meet the Naturalist at the Naturalist Cabin to learn about animals that make the Hocking Hills home and the tracks they make.

Tuesday July 4 
2:00PM SPIDERS, DISPELLING THE MYTHS- Have you 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. Come to the Naturalist Cabin to find out more.

Thursday July 6
2:00PM TREES OF THE HOCKING HILLS- Meet at the Whispering Cave trail head located at the dining lodge parking for a leafed discovery hike through this beautiful area. 

Friday July 7
2:00PM HOCKING’S WILDLIFE at the CABIN  As you pass by on your hike today, stop by the Naturalist Cabin to explore and take a closer look at some of our native residents.  Naturalist will be available to explain and answer questions.

7:00PM EVENING KAYAKING ON ROSE LAKE- Space is limited and you must sign up in person at the camp store. Participants will meet at Rose Lake. Although we will not plan to get wet please come prepared. No open toe shoes and bring along plenty to drink.


Saturday July 8
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.
1:00PM 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 July 9
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.
2:00PM GAMES OF THE PAST- Meet the naturalist at the naturalist cabin to learn about some of the fun things that pioneer children did when they had free time. Try your hand at some of the games and activities.

Wednesday July 12
2:00PM  BUTTERFLIES- Meet the Naturalist at the naturalist cabin to learn more about these winged beauties!
9:00PM 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)

 

Thursday July 13
2:00PM 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.

Friday July 14
9:00AM ROSE LAKE MORNING KAYAK EXCURSION- Space is limited and you must sign up in person at the camp store. Participants will meet at Rose Lake. Come prepared to get wet. No open toe shoes and bring along plenty to drink.

2:00PM HOCKING’S BIRDS OF PREY - Join the naturalist at the Naturalist Cabin for a closer look at Ohio’s hawks, owls, eagles, and vultures.

Saturday July 15
10:00AM ABC HIKE - Meet the naturalist at the Naturalist Cabin for a short hike and alphabetically discover some species and facts in the Hocking Hills.
2:00PM HERBAVORE Vs CARNIVORE – Come to the naturalist cabin to learn what makes these creatures uniquely different.

Sunday July 16
9:00AM ASH CAVE WALK - Join the naturalist for a short walk to Ash Cave and discover the unique natural & cultural history of this park.
2:00PM FURS, FEATHERS, FEET & FANGS – Join the naturalist at the Naturalist Cabin to discover the many special wildlife adaptations and discuss how to search for signs of the many species here at Hocking Hills. 

Wednesday July 19
2:00PM Naturalist Cabin” OPEN”-  Come to the naturalist cabin located behind the Old Man’s Cave visitor center for a closer look some of the history of the area. Learn a new game from days gone by or see how the pioneers lived.

Thursday July 20
2:00PM SKULLS & CLAWS- Come down to the Naturalist Cabin to learn about the animals that makes Hocking Hills State Park their home.
8:00PM ASH CAVE TWIGHLIGHT HIKE- Join the Naturalist at the Ash Cave parking lot for a nice twilight stroll to Ash Cave. Please remember once you hike in with the naturalist you must stay with the naturalist for the remainder of the hike. No pets please.

Friday July 21
2:00PM *TERRIFIC TURTLES- Stop by the Naturalist Cabin 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.

Saturday July 22
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!
2:00PM KNOT TYING 101- Meet the naturalist at the naturalist cabin to learn how to tie some basic knots. Tie boards and ropes will be available so that you can practice.

Sunday July 23
9:00 AM CANTWELL’S CREATIONS - The forest and geology at Cantwell Cliffs are some of the most diverse in the park.  Meet the naturalist at the parking area for a discovery hike through this unique location.
2:00PM 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 July 27
2:00PM REPTILES- Come to the naturalist cabin to learn about the reptiles that make the Hocking Hills home.

 

Friday July 28
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.

Saturday July 29
6:00PM TREES PLEASE: Meet the naturalist at the naturalist cabin to learn about some of the trees in the Hocking Hills and their uses. We will take a short walk to learn ways to identify trees in the area.
8:30PM SHARE MY CAMPFIRE- Meet the naturalist at the fire pit located in the cabin area to listen to or tell stories and make s’mores. (S’more’s provide).

Sunday July 30
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.
2:00PM THE AWESOME POSSUM- Meet the Naturalist at the naturalist cabin to find out what is so awesome about this furry creature.