Join us for a hike on AOA’s Mishe Moneto Preserve along Big Darby Creek near Darbyville. We will spend most of our time wondering through the shady bottomland riparian forest along the creek. We may encounter local wildflowers such as the Michigan lily, Larkspur, Starry Solomon’s Seal, et al. We will also explore the small patch of prairie, the prairie wetland and the forested upland wildflower slopes.
Darby Creek is designated a state and national scenic river. It is widely recognized for the diversity of aquatic species that make a home in the river. The 250-acre Mishe Moneto Preserve is one of 10 preserves and over 1,250-acres AOA has recently conserved along the Big Darby as part of our efforts to protect this exceptional Ohio resource.
Afterwards, feel free to wander the preserve on your own. Participants are invited to stay and roam the site with AOA volunteers to help remove the garlic mustard we find that is invading portions of the site and choking out the wildflowers. We will provide bags and gloves.
The Mishe Moneto Walk and other AOA events are free and open to the public. This activity will be held rain or shine – so please come prepared and dress appropriately for the weather and hiking on slopes. This is an outdoor event that will be conducted in conformance with applicable Covid-19 recommendations for social distancing.
Time: Meet at 10:00 a.m. The Walk will last approximately two hours but stay as long as you like.
What to Bring: Lunch, snacks and/or drinks of your choice. Feel free to bring a lunch and enjoy the peace and serenity of the deep forest environs. Insect repellant is recommended.
Location: Mishe Moneto is located on the east side of Big Darby Creek, across from Darbyville.. Take the first driveway east of the river (last driveway going west) on the south side of Highway 316. Look for AOA signs. Follow the grassed road along the edge of the field.