Hocking Hills State Park - Programs

Hocking Hills State Park Programs and Events

May 2017


Saturday May 6
2:00 PM *SKINS & SKULLS –Meet the naturalist at the Naturalist Cabin to see what critters make the Hocking Hills home.

Sunday May 7
2:00 PM *NATURALIST CABIN” OPEN”-  Stop by the naturalist cabin to peek into the past. The naturalist will be on hand to answer questions & share the information about the park.

Friday May 12
2:00 PM *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 May 13

9:00 AM *WARBLERS OF ASH CAVE for International Migratory Bird Day – Join the naturalist at the Parking area at Ash Cave for a hike to experience the return of the spring warblers and other avian species.  Hocking Hills State Park is one of the best places for birding due to the unique ecosystem of the gorge and this program is for the beginner or long time birder.  Bring along binoculars and a cool drink and come dressed for the weather.

2:00 PM 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 May 25
2:00 PM 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.
8:00 PM 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)

Friday May 26                                                                        
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.
2:00 PM * BUTTERFLIES- Come to the Naturalist Cabin to find out more about these winged beauties!

Saturday May 27
9:00 AM *THE WONDERS of OLD MAN’S CAVE - Meet the naturalist at the Naturalist Cabin for a short hike and discover some facts about the history of the area and the rock formations that are found throughout the park.
2:00 PM HOCKING’S OWLS - Join the naturalist at the Naturalist Cabin for a closer look at Ohio’s winged nocturnal predators.

Sunday May 28
9:00 AM *ASH CAVE STROLL - Join the naturalist for a short walk to Ash Cave and discover the unique natural & cultural history of this park.
11:00 AM* 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.
2:00 PM * MAKING TRACKS- Meet the Naturalist at the Naturalist Cabin to learn about animals that make the Hocking Hills home and the tracks they make.