Explore the tall grass prairie habitats and enjoy the summertime butterflies at the beautiful AOA Conservation Demonstration Site in the Hocking Hills. Enjoy a naturalist-led stroll through the prairies along mown paths during the peak of the summer wildflowers and observe the butterflies, birds and various other inhabitants of a tall grass ecosystem. We will experience how habitat restoration and enlightened management can enhance butterflies and other wildlife, and learn how important it is to conserve habitat corridors to maintain natural pollinator populations.
Our walk will be led by butterfly expert Chris Kline, founder and director of the Butterfly Ridge Conservation Center in the Hocking Hills. He is the author of Butterfly Rider: A Biker’s Year Long Search for Butterflies and Butterfly Gardening with Native Plants.
The Conservation Demonstration Site is AOA’s flagship visitation property located in the greater Hocking Hills region. It includes a wide variety of habitats and features including wetland, riparian corridors, ponds, springs, prairies, bottomland forests, upland forests sandstone bluffs and ridges. The prairies are part of the Gosnell Preserve planted and cared for by long-time AOA board member Clyde Gosnell.
This event will be held rain or shine – so please come prepared and dress appropriately for the warm summer weather and walking on mown prairie grasses. Bug repellant is advisable. Please bring your own drinks and/or snacks. Water will be available. Feel free to pack a lunch and picnic afterwards in the shady forests on site. AOA events are free and open to the public.
Time: Meet at 10:00 a.m. We expect the walk to last for approximately 2 hours.
Place: AOA’s Demonstration Site is located next to Highway 33 along County Road 10 in Rockbridge – see Google map link below. Park in the gravel parking area at the kiosk or alongside the roadway.