AOA has another exciting slate of events for 2022 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.

May 2021 – September 2022

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 [...]
Oct
31
Sun
Fall Color Hike at Rohr Preserve
Oct 31 @ 10:00 am
Enjoy the fall colors and crisp cool weather in the Hocking Hills this Halloween weekend as we hike AOA’s beautiful Rohr Preserve. Purchased earlier this [...]
Hocking Canal Lock 8 Open House and Clean Up
Oct 31 @ 2:00 pm
Enjoy a beautiful autumn day outdoors – visit the spectacular Lock No. 8 on the old Hocking Canal route. Located in the Hocking River Valley [...]
Apr
2
Sat
Early Spring Wildflower and Trout Lily Hike at Lamb
Apr 2 @ 10:00 am
Springtime is upon us again at last. Join us for an early spring hike on AOA’s beautiful Lamb Preserve along Big Darby Creek. The last [...]
Apr
3
Sun
Wildflowers from AOA Preserves – Zoom Event
Apr 3 @ 7:00 pm
At AOA’s Lamb Preserve along Big Darby Creek the warmth of the spring sun spurs on a big reveal of some of Ohio’s most beautiful [...]
Apr
6
Wed
Chestnut Tree Planting at AOA’s Hintz Hollow and Fickardt Farm Preserves
Apr 6 @ 10:00 am
Tree planting season is upon us now that the ground is warming. AOA is partnering with ODNR Division of Forestry to plant Chestnut seedlings at [...]
Apr
9
Sat
Tree Planting at Utzinger Bog Preserve
Apr 9 @ 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 AOA’s Utzinger [...]
Apr
10
Sun
Ephemeral Wildflower Walk at Bison Hollow Preserve
Apr 10 @ 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
15
Fri
Volunteer Work Day at AOA Hunsinger Preserve – Big Darby Creek Conservation Corridor
Apr 15 @ 10:00 am
Now that Spring has rounded the corner, and many native plants are blooming, AOA is focused on the stewardship and upkeep of our conservation preserves. [...]
Apr
16
Sat
Hocking Valley Geology and Wildflower Walk at AOA’s Bonnoront Preserve
Apr 16 @ 10:00 am
This double header event is AOA’s first field trip featuring the geology of the Hocking Hills. Revel in the beauty of the many spring wildflowers [...]
Apr
20
Wed
Volunteer Work Day at AOA Bonnoront Preserve – Hocking River Conservation Corridor
Apr 20 @ 10:00 am
The forests and spectacular wildflower covered slopes on the Bonnoront Preserve are threatened primarily by invasive garlic mustard which is a particular threat to one [...]
Apr
24
Sun
Off the Beaten Path with AOA – Hocking Hills Waterfall and Wildflower Photography and Hikes
Apr 24 all-day
Hike 1 – for Photographers Only: As if all the varieties of spring ephemerals were not enough, the sounds of waterfalls soothe the soul and [...]
Apr
26
Tue
Volunteer Work Day at AOA’s Fickardt Farm Preserve – Darby Creek Conservation Corridor
Apr 26 @ 10:00 am
The clear upland forests and low-lying wetlands of Fickardt Farm comprises one of AOA’s foremost Big Darby Creek conservation sites. With over 4,300 linear feet [...]
Apr
28
Thu
Volunteer Work Day at AOA’s Mercer Woods Old Growth Forest Preserve – Hocking River Conservation Corridor Initiative
Apr 28 @ 10:00 am
Help us keep the invasive species at bay while enjoying a beautiful spring day in the woods, surrounded by a plethora of beautiful wildflowers and [...]
May
1
Sun
Wildflower Hike at AOA’s Kleinmaier State Nature Preserve
May 1 @ 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
5
Thu
Prairie Planting at AOA’s Bartley Preserve
May 5 @ 10:00 am
Join us as we work to restore the native prairies on AOA’s Bartley Preserve. Acquired in 2013, this former agriculture field boasts five rare plant [...]
May
7
Sat
Medicinal Plant Hike at AOA’s Stone Canyon Preserve
May 7 @ 10:00 am
Explore the mature forests on AOA’s beautiful 144-acre Stone Canyon Preserve in the northern extent of the Hocking Hills geology. We will walk parts of [...]
May
11
Wed
Forest Work Day at AOA’s Mishe Moneto Preserve – Big Darby Creek Conservation Corridor Initiative
May 11 @ 10:00 am
Mishe Moneto Preserve is a 255-acre Preserve located along Big Darby Creek, just east of Darbyville. This site conserves over 1.2 miles of Darby Creek [...]
May
19
Thu
Kleinmaier State Nature Preserve (SNP) – Hocking River Conservation Corridor Initiative
May 19 @ 10:00 am
Help AOA conserve this special natural space! AOA’s Kleinmaier SNP is a host to some spectacular native flora, including painted Trillium, and the rare Flame [...]
May
21
Sat
Birdwatching in the Scioto River Flyway at AOA’s MG Schneider Riverside Preserve
May 21 @ 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
22
Sun
Spring Orchid Walk at AOA’s Mercer Woods Old Growth Forest
May 22 @ 10:00 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
4
Sat
View Cedar Bog Orchids and AOA’s Clark Preserve on Cedar Run
Jun 4 all-day
Jun
11
Sat
Participate in a BioBlitz at AOA’s Mishe Moneto Preserve on the Big Darby
Jun 11 all-day
Jul
17
Sun
Float Salt Creek with AOA and ODNR Scenic Rivers
Jul 17 all-day
Jul
23
Sat
Summer Orchid Walk at AOA’s Mercer Woods Old Growth Forest
Jul 23 all-day
Jul
30
Sat
Prairie, Pollinator and Butterfly Walk at AOA’s Cossin and Kreisel Preserves along the Scioto River
Jul 30 all-day
Aug
6
Sat
In the Creek with Kelly – Explore Hocking River Aquatic Life at AOA’s Conservation Demonstration Site
Aug 6 all-day
Sep
11
Sun
Monarch Tagging at AOA’s Hintz Hollow Preserve in the Hocking Hills
Sep 11 all-day