Join AOA for a special weekday evening event as we visit the only preserved bog in Franklin County – AOA’s Utzinger Bog Preserve. Follow deer trails into wetlands. Expect to see a variety of wildlife which could include wood ducks or other migratory waterfowl, herons, red-winged blackbirds, killdeers, warblers, deer, frogs, snakes, butterflies, moths, fish, deer, and of course ground hogs.
AOA is in the process of restoring the site habitat and has planted the fields with native prairie species which will be emerging. Prepare for wet ground and some mud. You can walk the fields and woodlands without boots, but boots or high-top water-resistant shoes will make it easier for you.
After hiking around the bog ponds, we will tour the old homestead checking out the barns and farm machinery. Learn about peat formation and a brief history of the farm. We have planned a campfire and storytelling at homestead depending on the interest-level of participants.
This is an outdoor event that will be conducted in conformance with applicable Covid-19 recommendations for social distancing.
Time: Meet at 6:30 p.m.
What to Bring: Binoculars and an interest in the conservation of a farmstead and wetlands. Preferred bug repellant recommended.
Location: Utzinger Bog is located south of Columbus and south of Interstate 270 along Highway 104. Park in the area in front of and alongside the peat barn just off the roadway. Look for AOA signs. The Google map address for the farmstead is 6268 Jackson Pike (Highway 104), Grove City, OH 43123.