AOA has another exciting slate of events for 2021 and welcomes your participation. Our events provide opportunities for members and the public to participate in and learn more about AOA’s important conservation mission. We emphasize nature-based education that features conserved lands and local ecosystems, providing hands-on learning and stewardship experiences, and the chance to visit the beautiful lands that you have helped to conserve.

April 2016 – October 2021

Apr
23
Sat
Cline Preserve Hike
Apr 23 @ 10:00 am
This gorgeous 119-acre site consists of 3,500 linear feet of valuable river frontage – including bottomlands and an upland forested ridge adjacent to Big Darby [...]
May
7
Sat
Steward Preserve Walk
May 7 @ 10:00 am
Purchased just a couple of months ago AOA’s Steward Preserve consists of approximately 48 acres of relatively mature bottomland forest riparian zone. The river frontage, [...]
May
15
Sun
Kleinmaier SNP Hike
May 15 @ 10:00 am
Explore Kleinmaier State Nature Preserve and enjoy a naturalist-led hike to view the spring wildflower show. AOA co-founder and honorary board member Paul Knoop, will [...]
Jun
5
Sun
Youth Fishing Clinic
Jun 5 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Learn to fish! Join experienced volunteers for a pond Fishing Clinic at AOA’s Demonstration Site in Rockbridge. This program is targeted to kids 8 years [...]
Jun
11
Sat
Bird Habitat and Nest Box Workshop with Columbus Audubon
Jun 11 @ 9:30 am
Join AOA and representatives of the Columbus Audubon Society for a workshop on cavity-nesting birds. Look inside active nesting boxes and learn about bird boxes, [...]
Jun
18
Sat
Scioto River Corridor Dedication and Open House
Jun 18 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Appalachia Ohio Alliance, a non-profit regional land conservancy serving central and southeastern Ohio, invites the public to an Open House and Dedication celebrating our [...]
Jul
17
Sun
Big Darby Creek Canoe Float
Jul 17 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Appalachia Ohio Alliance (AOA) is sponsoring a canoe trip on scenic Big Darby Creek on Sunday, July 17th. This trip is a fundraising event [...]
Jul
22
Fri
Batty About Bats – Workshop and Field Survey
Jul 22 all-day
How much do you know about bats – one of our best insect predators? Want to learn more about the unique lives of these flying [...]
Jul
23
Sat
Trella Romine Prairie Walk and Plant Sale | Trella Romine Prairie, Green Camp
Jul 23 all-day
Explore the tall grass prairie habitats and enjoy summertime at the beautiful Trella Romine Prairie in southern Marion County. Enjoy a naturalist-led stroll through the [...]
Aug
20
Sat
Medicinal Plant Hike at Mercer Woods
Aug 20 @ 10:00 am
Explore the woodland and prairie portions of AOA’s beautiful 116-acre Mercer Woods Preserve on the border of Hocking and Fairfield Counties. We will walk parts [...]
Oct
1
Sat
Trella Romine Prairie Seed Collection
Oct 1 all-day
Enjoy an autumn day outdoors in the field learning about our native landscapes while helping to make a difference! Appalachia Ohio Alliance is joining with [...]
Oct
15
Sat
Fall Color Hike – Fought Preserve, Bison Hollow
Oct 15 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Explore some of AOA’s most scenic properties while enjoying the crisp fall weather and colors. AOA’s Bison Hollow Preserve straddles the border of Hocking and [...]
Nov
5
Sat
AOA Annual Dinner
Nov 5 all-day
Information and registration available at the Annual Dinner information Page.
Nov
19
Sat
Trail Workday with Buckeye Trail Association
Nov 19 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
AOA will join with the Buckeye Trail Association (BTA) for a trail maintenance workday on a section of the Buckeye Trail in Hocking County. Each [...]
Mar
18
Sat
Vernal Pool Hike
Mar 18 all-day
Rural Action will lead a hike on AOA’s 1,200 acre Trimble Community Forest property to inspect valuable vernal pool habitats and the aquatic creatures that [...]
Apr
1
Sat
5th Annual AOA Tree Planting – EarthTouch Preserve
Apr 1 @ 10:00 am
Now that the long winter cold is winding down and spring is in the air, get out and enjoy our natural world. Visit one [...]
Apr
15
Sat
Trillium Festival at Mathias Grove
Apr 15 all-day
Join us for AOA’s annual Spring blast. Enjoy naturalist-guided hikes that highlight the gorgeous spring wildflower show at Mathias gorge. This event also features a [...]
Apr
29
Sat
Mercer Woods Hike
Apr 29 @ 10:00 am
Enjoy a spring tour of AOA’s Mercer Woods Preserve. We will walk through mature hardwood and hemlock forests and explore the wildflower covered slopes, immersing [...]
May
7
Sun
Kleinmaier Nature Hike
May 7 all-day
Explore Kleinmaier State Nature Preserve and enjoy a naturalist-led hike to view the ongoing spring wildflower show. AOA co-founder and honorary board member Paul Knoop, [...]
May
17
Wed
Mercer Woods
May 17 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Mercer Woods, Sugar Grove, Ohio
May
23
Tue
Steward Preserve
May 23 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Steward Preserve, Near Darbyville
May
25
Thu
Mercer Woods
May 25 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Mercer Woods, Sugar Grove, Ohio
Jun
8
Thu
Cline Preserve
Jun 8 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Cline Preserve, Darbyville
Jun
10
Sat
Bird Habitat and Nest Box Workshop
Jun 10 @ 9:30 am
Join AOA and representatives of the Columbus Audubon Society for a workshop on cavity-nesting birds. Look inside active nesting boxes and learn about bird boxes, [...]
Jun
24
Sat
United Plant Savers (UpS) Golden Seal Sanctuary Tour and Hike
Jun 24 @ 10:00 am
This event features a guided tour of the unique and beautiful forest and grassland habitats at United Plant Savers (UpS) Goldenseal Botanical Sanctuary in Meigs [...]
Jul
16
Sun
Big Darby Canoe Creek Float
Jul 16 @ 9:00 am
The Appalachia Ohio Alliance (AOA) is sponsoring a canoe trip on scenic Big Darby Creek on Sunday, July 16th. This trip is a fundraising event [...]
Jul
22
Sat
Prairie and Butterfly Walk
Jul 22 all-day
A summertime walk through the prairie habitats on AOA’s Demonstration Site will provide viewing and learning opportunities about our native flowers and butterflies.
Aug
4
Fri
Bat Workshop and Field Survey
Aug 4 all-day
How much do you know about bats – one of our best insect predators? Want to learn more about the unique lives of these flying [...]
Aug
13
Sun
Jus Fishin’ – See and Catch Fish on Big Darby Creek
Aug 13 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Enjoy some quality time outdoors on Big Darby Creek, Ohio’s premier scenic river for a unique fishing event. We will see and catch fish on [...]
Aug
27
Sun
Snake Den Mounds and Beekeeping Tour at Barr Family Farms
Aug 27 all-day
Uncover the mysteries of Snake Den Mounds, a unique archaeological site in northern Pickaway County. Visit the Mound site and enjoy the panoramic views of [...]
Sep
2
Sat
Nature Walk at AOA Demonstration Site
Sep 2 @ 10:00 am
Explore nature at AOA’s Conservation Demonstration Site in Rockbridge. OSU Extension Wildlife Program Specialist Marne Titchenell will lead a stroll through the diverse woodland, wetland [...]
Oct
7
Sat
Native Seed Collection at Trella Romine Prairie Preserve
Oct 7 all-day
Enjoy an autumn day outdoors in the field learning about our native landscapes while helping to make a difference! Appalachia Ohio Alliance is joining with [...]
Oct
14
Sat
Fall Color Hike at Camp Oty Okwa Conservation Easement
Oct 14 all-day
Visit one of AOA’s beautiful conservation easements which protects a large portion of Camp Oty Okwa in the Hocking Hills. Enjoy the fall colors as [...]
Oct
21
Sat
AOA Annual Dinner
Oct 21 all-day
Help us celebrate AOA’s 15 Year Anniversary and conservation achievements.
Mar
10
Sat
Vernal Pool Hike at Trimble Community Forest
Mar 10 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
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 [...]
Mar
31
Sat
Tree Planting at Earthtouch
Mar 31 @ 12:00 am
Now that the long winter cold is winding down and spring is in the air, get out and enjoy our natural world. Visit one of [...]
Apr
14
Sat
Ephemeral Walk at Mercer Woods
Apr 14 @ 12:00 am
Enjoy an early spring hike at AOA’s Mercer Woods Preserve. We will wander the mature hardwood and forest searching for flowering or emerging spring ephemerals. [...]
Apr
21
Sat
Trillium Festival at Mathias Grove
Apr 21 @ 10:30 am
Download Event Flier THE TIME IS HERE—When the foothills of the Appalachians come to life with the beauty of the “great white trillium” our state [...]
Apr
28
Sat
Birdwatching Hike at Marsha G. Schneider Preserve
Apr 28 @ 8:30 am
Enjoy a birding expedition to the wilds of the Scioto River at AOA’s sprawling Marsha Gunder Schneider Preserve in Pickaway County. We will visit different [...]
May
6
Sun
Kleinmaier SNP Nature Hike
May 6 @ 10:00 am
Explore Kleinmaier State Nature Preserve and enjoy a naturalist-led hike to view the ongoing spring wildflower show. Retired ODNR naturalist and Preserve manager Jim Osborn [...]
May
12
Sat
Mercer Woods Hike
May 12 @ 10:00 am
Noted naturalist and AOA Honorary Board member Paul Knoop will lead a spring tour of AOA’s Mercer Woods Preserve. We will walk through mature hardwood [...]
May
19
Sat
Bison Hollow Ramble
May 19 @ 10:00 am
Explore some of AOA’s most scenic properties while enjoying the beautiful spring wildflowers and weather. Naturalist Andrew Gibson will lead a hike of the spectacular [...]
Jun
9
Sat
Bird Habitat and Nest Box Workshop
Jun 9 all-day
Join AOA and representatives of the Columbus Audubon Society for a workshop on cavity-nesting birds. Look inside active nesting boxes and learn about bird boxes, [...]
Jun
23
Sat
Bat Workshop and Field Survey
Jun 23 all-day
Led by OSU Wildlife Program Specialist Marne Tichenell, this evening event will provide hands-on experience locating and identifying bats at AOA’s new Mishe Moneto Preserve. [...]
Bat Program and Field Survey Mishe Moneto<br >Big Darby Creek, Darbyville, Pickaway County
Jun 23 @ 8:30 pm
Visit one of AOA’s newest preserves – 250-acre Mishe Moneto Darby Creek – home to numerous bats including one of Ohio’s most endangered, the Indiana [...]
Jul
15
Sun
Big Darby Creek Canoe Float
Jul 15 @ 9:00 am
The Appalachia Ohio Alliance (AOA) is sponsoring a canoe trip on scenic Big Darby Creek on Sunday, July 15th. This event is cosponsored by the [...]
Jul
21
Sat
Prairie and Butterfly Walk<br />AOA Demonstration Site, Rockbridge
Jul 21 @ 10:00 am
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 [...]
Aug
4
Sat
Nature Walk at AOA Conservation Demonstration Site, Rockbridge, Hocking County
Aug 4 @ 10:00 am
Explore nature at AOA’s Conservation Demonstration Site in Rockbridge. OSU Extension Wildlife Program Specialist Marne Titchenell will lead a stroll through the diverse woodland, wetland [...]
Aug
19
Sun
Medicinal Plant Walk
Aug 19 all-day
Explore the woodland and prairie portions of AOA’s beautiful 116-acre Mercer Woods Preserve on the border of Hocking and Fairfield Counties. We will walk parts [...]
Aug
23
Thu
Glacial Geology of Pickaway County
Aug 23 all-day
Historical and Genealogical Library, Pickaway County Historical Society, Circleville, Pickaway County Learn about the fascinating geology of Pickaway County and the Scioto River valley south [...]
Oct
6
Sat
Native Seed Collection at Trella Romine Prairie Preserve
Oct 6 @ 10:00 am
Enjoy an autumn day outdoors in the field learning about our native landscapes while helping to make a difference! Appalachia Ohio Alliance is joining with [...]
Nov
10
Sat
AOA Annual Dinner
Nov 10 all-day
Enjoy good food and company while helping celebrate AOA’s new conservation lands.
Dec
8
Sat
Volunteer Workday at Conserved Hocking Canal Lock
Dec 8 @ 10:00 am
Help AOA Protect Hocking Canal Lock No. 8 .fusion-fullwidth-1 { padding-left: px !important; padding-right: px !important; } AOA is sponsoring a work day at our [...]
Feb
9
Sat
Winter Photography Hike – Mercer Woods Old Growth Forest
Feb 9 @ 8:00 am
If you enjoy hiking, avoiding crowds and taking images while exploring off the beaten path, then this is the hike for you. This leisurely off-trail [...]
Mar
31
Sun
7th Annual AOA Tree Planting – Ellinger Preserve
Mar 31 @ 10:00 am
Now that the long winter cold is winding down and spring is in the air, get out and enjoy our natural world. Visit one of [...]
Apr
14
Sun
Ephemeral Walk at Bison Hollow Preserve
Apr 14 @ 10:00 am
Spring is in the air and the wildflowers are busting out at AOA’s Bison Hollow Preserve. Enjoy an early spring walk as we wander the [...]
Apr
20
Sat
Trillium Festival at Mathias Grove
Apr 20 @ 10:30 am
Event Info Coming Soon!
Apr
27
Sat
Birdwatching Walk at Marsha Schneider Preserve
Apr 27 @ 8:30 am
Enjoy a birding expedition to the wilds of the Scioto River at AOA’s sprawling Marsha Gunder Schneider Preserve in Pickaway County. We will visit different [...]
Apr
28
Sun
Wildflower Hike at Bison Hollow Preserve
Apr 28 @ 10:00 am
Making up for the rain-impacted hike two weeks ago we have scheduled another hike to view the wildflowers at AOA’s Bison Hollow Preserve. Enjoy a [...]
May
5
Sun
Kleinmaier State Nature Preserve Walk
May 5 @ 10:00 am
Explore Kleinmaier State Nature Preserve (SNP) and enjoy a naturalist-led hike to view the ongoing spring wildflower show. AOA co-founder and honorary board member Paul [...]
May
11
Sat
Spring Hike at Bison Hollow Preserve
May 11 @ 10:00 am
Enjoy a springtime ramble through the gorge and admire the late-blooming wildflowers in the mature hardwood forests in the gorge. Wildflowers we will see are [...]
May
19
Sun
Mercer Woods Wildflower and Orchid Hike
May 19 @ 12:00 am
Walk through mature hardwood and hemlock forests and explore the wildflower covered slopes, immersing ourselves in the magnificence of the beautiful old growth forest habitat. [...]
Jun
23
Sun
Hintz Hollow Hike
Jun 23 @ 9:30 am
Explore Hintz Hollow, one of AOA’s newest preserves. Located near Sugar Grove in the northern extent of the Hocking Hills, Hintz Hollow includes a large [...]
Jul
14
Sun
Big Darby Float Trip with Ohio Scenic Rivers
Jul 14 @ 9:00 am
Float a section of beautiful Big Darby Creek, a national and state designated scenic river. Appalachia Ohio Alliance (AOA) is co-sponsoring a canoe/kayak trip on [...]
Jul
20
Sat
Prairie and Butterfly Walk at AOA Demonstration Site led by Chris Kline
Jul 20 @ 10:00 am
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 [...]
Aug
4
Sun
Explore Hocking River Aquatic Life with Kelly at AOA Demonstration Site
Aug 4 all-day
How’s the water? Let’s ask the fish and bugs! Did you know the fish and aquatic insects that live within Ohio’s rivers and streams can [...]
Aug
18
Sun
Medicinal Plant Walk
Aug 18 @ 9:30 am
Explore the woodland and prairie portions of AOA’s beautiful 116-acre Mercer Woods Preserve on the border of Hocking and Fairfield Counties. We will walk parts [...]
Sep
22
Sun
Mexico or Bust – Tag Monarch Butterflies – Marsha G. Schneider Preserve, Pickaway County
Sep 22 @ 10:00 am
Reports of monarchs roosting overnight by the hundreds are currently coming in from many areas of the state. The annual fall monarch migration is ON! [...]
Oct
5
Sat
Trella Romine Prairie Native Seed Collection
Oct 5 @ 10:00 am
Enjoy an autumn day outdoors in the field learning about our native landscapes while helping to make a difference! Appalachia Ohio Alliance is joining with [...]
Oct
26
Sat
Fall Color Hike at Kleinmaier State Nature Preserve
Oct 26 @ 10:00 am
Enjoy the fall colors and crisp cool weather in the Hocking Hills as we hike AOA’s beautiful Kleinmaier State Nature Preserve. Kleinmaier is a magnificent [...]
Nov
9
Sat
AOA Annual Dinner
Nov 9 all-day
Event Info Coming Soon!
Apr
15
Thu
Volunteer Work Day at Kleinmaier SNP
Apr 15 all-day
Apr
18
Sun
Wildflower Walk at Bonnoront Preserve
Apr 18 @ 10:00 am
Explore one of AOA’s newest preserves in the Hocking Hills and enjoy the spring wildflower show. Bonnoront is a beautiful shallow box canyon framed by [...]
Apr
23
Fri
Work Day at Mercer Woods Old Growth Preserve
Apr 23 all-day
Apr
24
Sat
Mushroom Walks at AOA Preserves Along the Hocking
Apr 24 all-day
Mushroom season is upon us. Healthy, native forests provide many resources to sustain us. One of the tastiest is the wild mushroom. If you are [...]
Apr
25
Sun
Off the Beaten Path with AOA – Wildflower and Waterfall Photography @ Bison Hollow
Apr 25 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Tiny bluets and long-spurred violets line the trail into the north entrance of Bison Hollow. High sandstone bluffs tower over the blue-green waters of the [...]
Apr
27
Tue
Volunteer Work Day at Mercer Woods
Apr 27 all-day
May
2
Sun
Hike, Photography and Wildflowers at Kleinmaier SNP
May 2 @ 10:00 am
Explore Kleinmaier State Nature Preserve (SNP) and enjoy a hike to view the ongoing spring wildflower show. The slopes are covered in spring-time blooms including [...]
May
6
Thu
Volunteer Work Day at Fickardt Farm Preserve
May 6 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Utzinger Bog Walk and Campfire
May 6 @ 6:30 pm
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 [...]
May
8
Sat
Hike AOA’s New Stone Canyon Preserve
May 8 @ 10:00 am
Visit one of AOA’s newest preserves in the Hocking Hills – the 145-acre Stone Canyon Preserve. Located in southern Fairfield County, Stone Canyon contributes to [...]
May
12
Wed
Volunteer Work Day at Wildasinn on Big Darby
May 12 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
May
16
Sun
Orchid Walk at Mercer Woods
May 16 @ 10:00 am
Join us for a pleasant walk through mature hardwood and hemlock forests, exploring the wildflower covered slopes and immersing ourselves in the magnificence of the [...]
May
19
Wed
Volunteer Work Day at Big Darby Oaks
May 19 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
May
22
Sat
Hike at Mishe Moneto
May 22 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
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 [...]
May
26
Wed
Volunteer Work Day at MWE Hocking Canal Wetlands
May 26 all-day
Jun
3
Thu
Volunteer Work Day at Bonnoront
Jun 3 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Jun
5
Sat
Hocking Canal and Wetland Walk
Jun 5 @ 10:00 am
Visit another one of AOA’s new preserves in the Hocking Hills – the 28-acre old Hocking Canal Lock No. 11 and canal corridor and wetland [...]
Jun
9
Wed
Volunteer Work Day at Fickardt Preserve
Jun 9 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Jun
16
Wed
Volunteer Work Day at Mercer Woods
Jun 16 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Jun
24
Thu
Volunteer Work Day at Mercer Woods
Jun 24 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Jun
26
Sat
Hintz Hollow Rhododendron Hike
Jun 26 @ 9:30 am
Explore Hintz Hollow, one of AOA’s recently conserved Hocking Hills preserves. Located near Sugar Grove in the northern extent of the Hocking Hills, Hintz Hollow [...]
Jul
24
Sat
Cossin Prairie and Scippo Creek Walk
Jul 24 @ 9:30 am
Explore two of AOA’s conserved properties along the Scioto River in Pickaway County – Cossin and Kreisel Preserves. AOA restored 50 acres on the Cossin [...]
Jul
25
Sun
Float Big Darby Creek
Jul 25 @ 9:00 am
Float a section of beautiful Big Darby Creek, a national and state designated scenic river. Appalachia Ohio Alliance (AOA) is co-sponsoring a canoe/kayak trip on [...]
Prairie and Butterfly Walk at AOA Demonstration Site
Jul 25 @ 10:00 am
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 [...]
Jul
31
Sat
Purple Fringeless Orchid Walk at AOA’s Mercer Woods Preserve
Jul 31 @ 10:00 am
Several summer blooming orchids are reaching their peak glory. Join us for a pleasant walk through mature hardwood and hemlock forests, as we view several [...]
Aug
1
Sun
Dragonflies and Wetlands – Cedar Run Conservation<br>AOA Clark Preserve and Cedar Bog SNP, Urbana
Aug 1 @ 10:00 am
Explore habitat and wildlife at AOA’s new Clark Preserve on Cedar Run in Champaign County. We will start our visit with a stop at Ohio’s [...]
Aug
7
Sat
In the Creek with Kelly – Explore Hocking River Aquatic Life at AOA Demonstration Site
Aug 7 @ 10:00 am
How’s the water? Let’s ask the fish and bugs! Did you know the fish and aquatic insects that live in Ohio’s rivers and streams can [...]
Sep
12
Sun
Mexico or Bust – Tag Monarch Butterflies This Weekend at Hintz Hollow Preserve, Fairfield County
Sep 12 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Reports of monarchs roosting overnight by the hundreds are currently coming in from many areas of the state. The annual fall monarch migration is ON! [...]
Oct
2
Sat
Prairie Walk and Seed Collection – Trella Romine Prairie, Green Camp
Oct 2 @ 10:00 am
Enjoy an autumn day outdoors in the field learning about our native landscapes while helping to make a difference! Appalachia Ohio Alliance is joining with [...]