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 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 springtime frogs, salamanders, and other creatures that depend on the many vernal pool habitats in the forest. It is not too strenuous and excellent for kids 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 carpool to the nearby site. Please dress appropriately for the weather and hiking through woods and wet areas.
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