February 2020

Thursday, February 6
Lake Hope State Park -
5:30 PM LAKE HOPE OWL PROWL - Join us for an owl prowl around beautiful Lake Hope State Park Lodge. Lake Hope & Hocking Hills Naturalists will give a presentation on these creatures of the night and lead us on a twilight hike in search of owls.

Friday, February 7
10:00 AM *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.
1:00 PM *SKULLS & CLAWS- Come to the Visitor Center to learn about the animals that make Hocking Hills State Park their home.

Saturday, February 8
10:00 AM * THE WONDERS of OLD MAN’S CAVE- Meet the naturalist at the Visitor Center 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 ADAPTABLE ANIMALS – What helps one animal survive better in one place and another is better somewhere else.  Like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, nature finds a way.  Join the naturalist at the Hocking Hills Visitor center to explore the answers.

Friday, February 14
10:00 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/trailhead, please remember pets are not permitted at the Nature Preserve.

Saturday, February 15
5:00 PM HOCKING HILLS STATE PARK PRESENTS:-THE SWEETHEARTS HIKE - Take your sweetheart on a romantic stroll to Ash Cave in the soft light of dusk.  Afterwards, enjoy a cozy fire and refreshments.
Meet at the parking area at Ash Cave

Wednesday, February 19
Burr Oak State Park
6:00 PM BURR OAK OWL PROWL - Come Join Rural Action's Sunday Creek Watershed Group and ODNR State Park naturalists from Burr Oak and Hocking Hills for a wintry Wednesday night Owl Prowl! We will meet at Burr Oak Lodge for a short presentation and then will have the opportunity interact with live owls! Next, we will head outside for a hike to call Barred Owls! Wow! Please dress for the weather, bring a flashlight or headlamp if you desire, and remember it’s important to be quiet so we don’t scare the owls away. This event is family friendly

Friday, February 21
10:00 AM *CEDAR FALLS STROLL - Join the naturalist to explore Cedar Falls and discover the unique natural & cultural history of this area of the park. Meet at the Cedar Falls Trailhead/Shelter House.

Saturday, February 22
1:00 PM HOCKING HILLS LOCALS: Grandma Gatewood - Hear the story of Rowena "Grandma" Gatewood and find out why we named 6 miles of trail in her Honor.  Come the Hocking Hills Visitor center to find out.

Friday, February 28
10:00 AM WHISPERING CAVE LEAP YEAR HIKE – Join the naturalist at the Whispering Cave trail head for a fun hike to explore this unique area as we head into the leap year.
2:00 PM HOCKING HILLS INVADERS- Come to the Visitor Center to explore the types of plants and animals have moved in and now call Hocking Hills State Park their home.  Are they good or bad???

Saturday, February 29
9:00 AM *RIDGETOPS & HOLLERS- Ever wonder about the difference between a ridgetop and a holler? Join the naturalist at Ash Cave trailhead/ parking lot to find out more!
2:00 PM HOCKING’S HEMLOCKS – This magnificent tree is a foundation of the park and key to the success and health of our gorge ecosystem.  Come to the Hocking Hills visitor center to find out why.