Explore the tall grass prairies 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 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 learn how important it is to conserve corridors to maintain natural pollinator populations.
Learn about butterflies and their habitats from two friends of AOA who will lead the walk: Cheryl Harner and Jim Davidson. Cheryl is a life-long chaser of butterflies, a co-founder of Flora-Quest, and a member of the Ohio Lepidopterist Association. She helps to promote conservation of land and biodiversity though eco-tourism and educational programs. Jim Davidson is a member of the Ohio Lepidopterist Association and the Columbus Audubon Society. He is a noted Ohio butterfly expert and co-founder of AOA.
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.
Meet at the Demonstration Site kiosk on Rockbridge A Road at 10:00 a.m. Look for the AOA tent. Park in the parking area or along the roadway. We expect the walk to last for approximately 2 hours.
This event will be held rain or shine – so please come prepared and dress appropriately for the warm weather. 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 forest or in the shelter at adjacent Mathias Grove. AOA events are free and open to the public.
There is no Google map street address for the kiosk parking lot. It is located just north of the intersection of Rockbridge A Road and U.S. Highway 33, Rockbridge, OH.
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Plant Sale – Purchase Native Prairie Plants at July 18 Butterfly Walk
Grow your own prairie to attract and help support our native butterflies and pollinators. Everyone can plant and grow a few native plants or their own small prairie. Take this opportunity to purchase potted native Ohio prairie plants from Natives in Harmony nursery. Proprietor and native plant expert Gale Martin will be set up at the Demonstration Site with a wide variety of potted prairie plants that are for sale. Stock up with some of our homegrown natives from one of Ohio’s premiere native plant nurseries. Gale is a member of the Ohio Prairie Association and will be glad to offer prairie planting and maintenance advice. Plants will be available for sale from 9:00 – 12:00 at the Demonstration Site kiosk – look for Gale’s tent. The plant sale is open to the public. Natives in Harmony will donate $.50 from each plant sale to AOA – so plant a big prairie and support our conservation efforts at the same time!