Saturday, May 19

Bison Hollow Preserve Spring Hike

Explore some of AOA’s most scenic properties while enjoying the beautiful spring wildflowers and weather. Naturalist Andrew Gibson will lead a hike of the spectacular Bison Hollow Preserve. This site straddles the border of Hocking and Vinton Counties at the southern extent of the Greater Hocking Hills area, just south of Ash Cave.

Comprised of eight conservation properties totaling approximately 400 acres – Bison Hollow features a narrow gorge with high sandstone bluffs and many lofty, low flow waterfalls carved out on the edges. The bottom of the gorge includes a blend of old growth Hemlock and deciduous hardwood forest. Wildflowers blanket the stream corridor each spring.

Read Steve Fought’s description of this spectacular site.

Event Details
Bison Hollow
Kleinmaier Beauty

Mercer Woods Ephemeral Walk

Finds Many Spring Wildflowers Emerging from the Forest

The thirty participants who came out under the threat of rain (which came late, thankfully) found an abundance of native wildflowers emerging from winters grip. Some of the plants we saw include: Virginia Bluebells, Hepatica, Ginger, Blue Cohosh, Violets, Bloodroot, Dutchman’s-breeches, Miterwort, Trillium, and Trout Lily. Many others were just emerging.

Thanks to Angela Carter for leading this ramble through the woods.

Ephemeral 1
Ephemeral 2
Ephemeral 3
Ephemeral 4

Volunteer Stewardship Opportunities

Help AOA protect our native wildflowers and landscapes

Spending time in AOA’s beautiful forests can be very peaceful and therapeutic – as well as providing opportunities for viewing the many beautiful wildflowers and camaraderie with fellow conservationists. You can help us make a difference and enhance the quality of the rare and wonderful native habitats at our preserves.

We need your assistance to combat the Garlic Mustard and invasive scourge on our preserves. We know garlic mustard pulling is not the most glamorous activity, but it is badly needed to protect our native wildflowers. We cannot do it alone.

We have scheduled a series of organized work days each week for volunteers to visit our preserves and assist with our habitat protection and stewardship activities. Please join us.

Work Day Schedule and Info
Trillium Festival

2017 AOA Year in Review Available

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Participate in one of our exciting 2018 events. See Event Page for printable schedule of events.

Bird Habitat and Nest Box Workshop
Jun 9 all-day
Join Darlene Sillick of Columbus Audubon as they look inside active nesting boxes. Learn about bird boxes, tagging and wild bird habitat.

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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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Steve Fought

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