Sunday, August 19

Medicinal Plant Walk and Plant Sale at Mercer Woods Preserve

Explore AOA’s beautiful 116-acre Mercer Woods Preserve on the border of Hocking and Fairfield Counties. We will walk parts of the property to survey and identify native medicinal plants growing on the site. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about threatened species such as American Ginseng, Goldenseal, and Black Cohosh, their preferred habitats, and techniques for growing them on your own property. Historical and contemporary medicinal uses of the plants will be discussed as well as their greater ecological significance (pollinators, seed dispersers, wildlife value).

This event will be led by Erika Galentin, MNIMH, medical herbalist and former Outreach Coordinator for United Plant Savers and Goldenseal Botanical Sanctuary. Erika will also have native medicinal plants for sale from Companion Plants nursery.

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Thursday, August 23

Geology of Pickaway County Talk
Historical and Genealogical Library, Pickaway County Historical Society, Circleville, Pickaway County

Learn about the fascinating geology of Pickaway County and the Scioto River valley south of Columbus. Our presenter, Andy Nash, Geologist with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Geological Survey will start with a general overview of the geology in the local area. A specialist in glacial geology, he will focus on many of the glacial features visible in today’s landscapes.

Andy will point out some of the prominent and remarkable glacial landmarks you may drive past everyday such as potholes, moraines and eskers. Glacial features at several AOA preserves will be highlighted: bedrock controlled topography at the Barr family’s Snake Den Mounds; kettle potholes and till plain at the Bartley Preserve; and the Bloomingburg moraine and river valley features near the confluence of Scippo Creek and the Scioto River where AOA has several conserved properties.

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Kleinmaier Beauty

Big Darby Creek Float

Showcases Aquatic and Riparian Resources

Over 40 AOA members and friends enjoyed a beautiful summer day on Big Darby Creek.

Thanks to ODNR Scenic Rivers Program Manager Bob Gable and staff members Heather and Kayla for leading our trip and for the informative and educational activities highlighting the quality of this special resource.

Canoe Float
Canoe Float
Canoe Float

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When we consider what it took to create this landscape, we must also consider what we can do to insure that future generations will also be able to marvel at its beauty.
Paul Knoop
The scenic views, diversity of plants and wildlife, and quiet times in the country will all be enhanced by the security of knowing that things can stay this way into the future.
Larry R. Menchhofer

In the end, I decided to sell my property to AOA because I love it so much. It was hard to part with it – but I am not really parting with it – it is there forever thanks to AOA.

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