Join us as we ramble through AOA’s 1,200-acre Trimble Community Forest and learn about vernal pools. Located near the community of Glouster, this large preserve is part of the 6,700-acre ODNR’s Wallace H. O’Dowd Wildlife Area that lies in Athens and Hocking Counties.
Our hike will be led by Brett Smith and Joe Brehm, Director of Rural Action’s Environmental Education Program, one of AOA’s community partners. Rural Action oversees the Trimble High School programs that use this property as an outdoor environmental laboratory and assists with site stewardship.
This event will focus on the various early spring time frogs, salamanders, and other creatures that depend on the many vernal pool habitats in the forest. This is a family-friendly event that is suitable kids of all ages, who love to help seine the pools and examine the inhabitants scooped up.
Afterwards feel free to wander the woods and look for spring ephemerals that will be on show before the trees leaf out.
We will rendezvous at the Rural Action Community Center in Trimble (19627 Walnut Street, Trimble, OH 45782) at 1 p.m. and caravan or car pool to the nearby site. The hike should last for approximately 2 hours. Please dress appropriately for the weather and hiking through woods and wet areas.