Bog offers learning sessions

Ever wonder what wildflower you were looking at? Tired of trying to use field guides based on color of bloom? What do all those botanical terms mean and why do I need to know them?

Cedar Bog naturalist Jean Gayley will answer all these questions and guide you through the sometimes confusing process of identifying wildflowers when she teaches her How to Identify Wildflowers class on Saturday, May 14. Class will be held at Cedar Bog Nature Preserve at 10 a.m. The admission fees for the May 14 program are $10 per person or $5 for Ohio History Connection members (OHC), Cedar Bog Association (CBA) members and children aged 6-12 years old. Children 5 and under are admitted free.

Gayley will use a power point presentation to teach you how to identify wildflowers using Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide. Attendees will practice using the book close to the education center and then have lunch. (Please bring your own bagged lunch and drink.) At 1 p.m. you will identify wildflowers on the boardwalk. Depending on the weather, we may stay out until 2 or 3 p.m.

This class is part of our Cedar Bog Naturalist training program. It is open to anyone who wants to learn how to identify wildflowers. Gayley strongly encourages current and future volunteer naturalists to take this class if they haven’t done one previously.

Work day to remove invasives

In addition to this workshop on May 14, Cedar Bog Nature Preserve is asking volunteers to assist in removing invasive species at Cedar Bog from 8 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 14 as part of our work day. Please bring work gloves and rubber boots if you would like to assist us in removing garlic mustard, poison hemlock, cattails, multiflora rose, honeysuckle, etc.

Moth Nights

If wildflowers aren’t your “thing,” we will be offering a Moth Night on the Friday nights on the second weekend of the months, May through August. In the event that a Friday evening is stormy, we will move Moth Night to Saturday evening instead. Admission is free to attend these Moth Nights at Cedar Bog, which will be held at the Education Center or the Bog House. If you are interested, show up at the Bog House around dusk with a flashlight. We will aim to have three light stations set up. Mosquitoes fly at evening, so repellent or insect shield clothing may be desired. UV lights will be used. If you have UV glasses, bring them along.

Cedar Bog is a nature preserve. Our moth nights are not collecting events, so please remember to bring a camera.

The Cedar Bog Nature Preserve is located at 980 Woodburn Road, 4 miles south of Urbana off U.S. Route 68. For more information on events at Cedar Bog, please call 937-484-3744 or email [email protected].

Jim Lemon and Rob Liptak set up moth equipment. Lemon and Rob Liptak set up moth equipment. Submitted photos

Luna moth moth Submitted photos

Green leuconycta leuconycta Submitted photos

White trillium trillium Submitted photos
Get a close-up view of Cedar Bog’s beauties and help destroy invasives

By Tracy Bleim

Site Manager

Cedar Bog Nature Preserve

Submitted by Cedar Bog Nature Preserve, 980 Woodburn Road. For further info, call 937-484-3744, email [email protected] or visit

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