Cedar Bog Education Center reopens in Feb.

The Cedar Bog Nature Preserve’s Education Center will reopen its doors on Wednesday, Feb. 3. Workshops are lined up for calendar year 2016. Cedar Bog will also be offering certified naturalist certificates as part of its Second Saturday Workshop Series this year.

To highlight, the Great Backyard Bird Count is Feb. 12-15 and Cedar Bog Nature Preserve will be holding activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 13 for the Great Backyard Bird Count. Cedar Bog is offering an opportunity for students to participate in citizen science and learn about the birds in our area.

In March, Mark Shieldcastle of the Black Swamp Bird Observatory will discuss the spring migration of birds. Shieldcastle is the Research Director of the Black Swamp Bird Observatory along Lake Erie’s shoreline. An off-the-boardwalk tour will be offered as part of this event, so reserve your seat early for this limited availability workshop. This event will be on Saturday, March 12, and pre-registration is required. The cost is $25 per person or $20 for Ohio History Connection or Cedar Bog Association members.

The Earth Day Art Show and Bike Tour will be held on Saturday, April 30. Local artists will share their creations, and proceeds from their sales benefit the Cedar Bog Association. A Bike Tour kicks off the event and all proceeds from the Bike Tour go toward school transportation costs to take field trips to Cedar Bog. Free naturalist-led tours will be held hourly along with free admission all day long.

If you have never seen Cedar Bog’s Showy Lady Slipper Orchid, you are in for a treat. Our Orchid Walk is scheduled for Saturday, June 4, at 2 p.m. Come see one of the largest populations of Showy Lady Slipper Orchids and mark that off your bucket list!

Jim McCormac will stop by Cedar Bog on Saturday, Sept. 10, to offer a program on “Aster, Goldenrods, Fall Flora & Their Pollinators” as part of the Second Saturday Workshop Series.

To round out the year, don’t forget to bring your entire family to Boo in the Bog, which is slated for Friday and Saturday, Oct. 14 & 15, for a non-scary night walk on the boardwalk.

For more information on events at Cedar Bog, please call 937-484-3744 or email cedarbog@ctcn.net.

Cedar Bog Happenings 2016

*General History of Cedar Bog – Erin Bartlett

Certified Naturalist Training

Saturday, Jan 9 10 a.m.

$10 per person $5 OHC & CBA members

*Great Backyard Bird Count

Saturday, Feb 13

email cedarbog@ctcn.net for details

*Skunk Cabbage Walk – Cheryl Erwin, CBNP volunteer naturalist

Sunday, Feb 28 1 p.m.

$5 adults $4 OHC & CBA members & children

*Birds & Migration with an Off-the-Boardwalk Tour – Mark Shieldcastle

Certified Naturalist Training

Listen to Research Director from the Black Swamp Bird Observatory discuss the migration of birds

Saturday, Mar 12 10 a.m.

$25 per person $20 OHC & CBA members

Pre-registration required. Limited availability.

*What Good Are Wetlands – Dave Nolin

Certified Naturalist Training

Join Dave for a talk on the benefits of wetlands for our health

Saturday, April 9 10 a.m.

$10 per person $5 OHC & CBA members

*Earth Day Bike Tour

8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. – for registration details email cedarbog@ctcn.net

*Earth Day Art Show

Free Naturalist Led Tours on the hour from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m

Saturday, Apr 30 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Free admission all day

*Plant/Wildflower Id Class – Jean Gayley

Certified Naturalist Training

Join Cedar Bog Volunteer Naturalist Jean Gayley as she shows how to properly id plants

Saturday, May 14 10 a.m.

$10 per person $5 OHC & CBA members

*Orchid Walk – Jean Gayley & Cheryl Erwin

Saturday, June 4 2 p.m.

$5 adults $4 OHC & CBA members & children

*Dragonflies – Bob Glotzhober

Certified Naturalist Training

Join Bob as he discusses dragonflies

Saturday, June 11 10 a.m.

$10 per person $5 OHC & CBA members

*Tree Lecture & Hike – Tom Hissong

Certified Naturalist Training

Saturday, July 9 7 pm

$10 per person $5 OHC & CBA members

*Aster, Goldenrods, Fall Flora & Their Pollinators – Jim McCormac

Certified Naturalist Training

Saturday, September 10 10 a.m.

$10 per person $5 OHC & CBA members

*Insects – Jim Lemon

Certified Naturalist Training

Saturday, October 8 10 a.m.

$10 per person $5 OHC & CBA members

Boo in the Bog

Friday and Saturday, Oct. 14 & 15, 7 p.m.-9 p.m.

Non-scary night walk in the bog with learning stations along the way. Children’s activities, face painting, storytelling and food!

$6 adults, $5 children 6 and over, Children under 6 free

CBA & OHC members $1 discount

*Certified Naturalist Class/Environmental Education – Jean Gayley, Cheryl Erwin & Tracy Bleim

Saturday, Nov 12 7 – 10 a.m.

This is the last course for the Certified Naturalist Training

$10 per person $5 OHC & CBA members

Some programs last past noon so we will break for lunch.

Bring a sack lunch as we have no food facilities.

For more information about Certified Naturalist Training sessions and other programs, call 937-484-3744 or email cedarbog@ctcn.net. This calendar is subject to change. Check us out on Facebook at Cedar Bog Nature Preserve or our web page at cedarbognp.org.

Several workshops planned this year

By Tracy Bleim

Site Manager

Cedar Bog Nature Preserve

Submitted by Cedar Bog Nature Preserve.