In collaboration with

Brown Family Environmental Center at Kenyon College
and the
Knox County Park District

The events have been arranged especially to illustrate and to highlight natural features of the land and waters of the Knox County Area. Please attend as your interests and schedules permit, and bring your friends and family. If you have suggestions for future activities or places to visit, please call 740-392-6952.

Directions can be found at the bottom of this page.

  • March 11, 2022 (Friday)
  • Woodcock Watch
  • Location:  Wolf Run Regional Park
  • Time:  6:00 p.m.
  • Contact:  Lori Totman - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Join Biologist Scott Albaugh as we hope to observe the annual courtship ritual and aerial flight display of the American Woodcock.  This chunky-bodied, big-eyed bird can put on quite a show spiraling 300 feet into the air and making twittering sounds as they dive back to the ground. 

    Dress for the weather conditions and wear footwear appropriate for muddy trails.

 

Earth day 2022

  • April 16, 2022 (Saturday)
  • Earth Day Festival
  • Location:  Brown Family Environmental Center
  • Time: 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Contact:  Noelle Jordan - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Celebrate Earth Day with this FREE event!  Live music, food trucks, and lots of hands-on workshops.  Make-and-take a bluebird box, a bat house, a container garden, and more!  The director of the Old Growth Forest Network, Dr. Joan Maloof, will be with us for a special talk.

 


vireo

  • April 16, 2022 (Saturday)
  • Early Morning Bird Walk
  • Location:  Wolf Run Regional Park
  • Time: 8:00 a.m.
  • Contact:  Lori Totman -  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
  • Biologist Scott Albaugh returns to lead a walk to look, listen and experience bird migration firsthand.  Warblers, vireos, and other colorful spring migrants are the order for the morning.

    Please bring binoculars if you have them.  The Park District has some to lend.

    Dress for the weather conditions and sturdy walking shoes recommended.

 

Bartow Elmore

  • April 20, 2022 (Wednesday)
  • Monsanto's Past and Our Food Future
  • Location:  Brown Family Environmental Center
  • Time:  5:00 p.m.
  • Contact:  Noelle Jordan - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Winner of the 2020 Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award, SEED MONEY: Monsanto's Past and Our Food Future is the definitive history of Monsanto.  OSU historian, Bartow J. Elmore, traces Monsanto’s evolution from a chemical startup to a global agrobusiness powerhouse. Elmore examines the company’s past and exposes a huge concern about genetically engineered crop systems: whether they will actually produce the food we need to feed our families in the decades to come.  Meet at the BFEC Picnic Shelter.

     

  • Bartow J. Elmore teaches environmental and business history at The Ohio State University. For this project he received the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award and a New America fellowship. He lives with his family in Columbus, Ohio. Author website: http://www.bartelmore.com/

 

spring beauties

  • April 23, 2022 (Saturday)
  • Guided Wildflower Walk at Wolf Run
  • Location: Wolf Run Regional Park
  • Time: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
  • Contact:  Lori Totman - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Join Park District volunteers to look for some of the early spring blooming wildflowers in the park.  The volunteers are part of the Plant Survey group that began inventorying plants in the parks during the 2021 growing season.  Now armed with newfound knowledge about the plants they discovered and the plant locations, these volunteers want to share with the public!

    Dress for the weather conditions and sturdy walking shoes recommended.

 

ham radio

  • April 23, 2022 (Saturday)
  • Amateur Radio Club Day in the Park
  • Location: Wolf Run Regional Park, Thayer Ridge and other parks
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. -  4:00 p.m.
  • Contact:  Lori Totman -This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Stop by the parking lots at these parks to chat with members of the Knox County Amateur Radio Club.  These folks will have their radios up and running and will be contacting ham operators  from around the world.  Did you always wonder what a ham radio operator does and how they do it?  Well, now’s your big chance!

 

dutchmans breeches 2

  • April 23, 2022 (Saturday)
  • Wildflower Walk at Brown Family Environmental Center
  • Location: Brown Family Environmental Center
  • Time: 10:00 a.m.
  • Contact:  Noelle Jordan - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Join us as we search for spring ephemerals – those delicate wildflowers that complete their life cycle before the trees leaf out.  We will unplug and use old fashioned field guides to ID some of these beauties.  Field guides will be provided.  Meet at the BFEC Picnic Pavilion (next to the Resource Center).  

 

yoga

  • May through October, 2022  (Starts May 3)
  • Outdoor Yoga
  • Location: Brown Family Environmental Center
  • Time:  12:10 - 12:55 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Contact:  Noelle Jordan - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Use your lunch break to de-stress with an outdoor yoga class.  Bring your kids, grandkids, friends, etc. - open to all ages.  Bring your own mat or use ours.  Free!  Meet in the BFEC garden (behind the white house).

 

rufous sided towhee

  • May 7, 2022 (Saturday)
  • Bird Walk
  • Location: Brown Family Environmental Center
  • Time: 10:00 a.m.
  • Contact:  Noelle Jordan - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Join the BFEC and OCC for an exploration of the spring migration of birds to and through Knox County. Learn how to identify our spectacular birds by both sight and sound. Some binoculars and identification aids will be provided, but feel free to bring your own. The hike will be on maintained trails. Led by Ray Heithaus.  Meet at the BFEC Resource Center.

 

honeyrun fall

  • May 7, 2022 (Saturday)
  • Guided Wildflower Walk at the Waterfall
  • Location: Honey Run Waterfall – park at the Honey Run Highlands parking lot
  • Time:  9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
  • Contact:  Lori Totman - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Join Park District volunteers to look for some of the ephemeral wildflowers in the park.  These delicate blooming flowers are no wimps…blooming and setting seed before the trees leaf out. Species to be encountered include hepatica, wild ginger, dutchman’s breeches and much more!

    The volunteers are part of the Plant Survey group that inventoried plants during 2021.

    Dress for the weather conditions and sturdy walking shoes recommended.

sping flowers

  • May 14, 2022 (Saturday) and May 28, 2022 (Saturday)
  • Guided Wildflower Walks at Wolf Run
  • Location: Wolf Run Regional Park
  • Time:  9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
  • Contact:  Lori Totman - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Join Park District volunteers to look for some of the later blooming wildflowers in the park.  The volunteers are part of the Plant Survey group that inventoried plants during 2021.  Native species, as well as some non-natives will be covered on the two walks.

    Dress for the weather conditions and sturdy walking shoes recommended.

 

bluebirds

  • May 21, 2022 (Saturday)
  • Make it a Day...at the Parks - Birds and Wildflowers! Oh, My!
  • Event 1:  Bird Walk at the Wolf Run Regional Park at 8:00 a.m.
  • Event 2:  Wildflower Walk at the Honey Run Highlands at 1:00 p.m.
  • Contact:  Lori Totman - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Biologist Scott Albaugh will be leading an early morning Bird Walk at Wolf Run and then, an afternoon Wildflower Walk at Honey Run Highlands.  Scott’s expertise with the subjects and his laid-back style have made him a guest expert favorite for the public.

    Bring binoculars for the Bird Walk if you have them.  Park District has some to lend.

    Dress for the weather conditions and sturdy walking shoes recommended.

 

stream monitoring

  • May 28, 2022 (Saturday)
  • Stream Quality Monitoring
  • Location:  Canoe access parking lot at SR 229 and Laymon Road
  • Time:  2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Contact:  Noelle Jordan - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Can you tell if a stream is healthy or not? Join the experts from ODNR for a free guided exploration of the State Scenic Kokosing River. Learn to identify animals and habitats that indicate good water quality and what you can do to protect them. Option to wade in the river!  Meet in the canoe access parking lot on the corner of Laymon Road and 229.

 

plein air painting

  • May 28, 2022 (Saturday)
  • Basics of Plein Air Painting: Working with Oils
  • Location:  Brown Family Environmental Center
  • Time:  1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Contact:  Noelle Jordan - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Plein Air Painting is all about the outdoors – painting outside.  Join long time painter, Nancy Vance, to learn the basics of composition and working with oil paints on canvas.  All equipment and supplies will be provided.  Seating is limited.  To register, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 740-427-5052.

pastels

  • June 7, 2022 (Tuesday)
  • Basics of Plein Air Painting: Working with Pastels
  • Location:  Brown Family Environmental Center
  • Time:  5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
  • Contact:  Noelle Jordan - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Spend an evening at the BFEC learning how to paint outside.  Long time painter, Wendy Fetters, will teach the basics of composition and working with pastels.  All equipment and supplies will be provided.  Space is limited.  To reserve your seat, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 740-427-5052. 

labyrinth

  • June 21, 2022 (Tuesday)
  • Solstice Labyrinth Stroll
  • Location:  Brown Family Environmental Center
  • Time:  8:00 p.m.
  • Contact:  Noelle Jordan - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Celebrate the longest day of the year with an evening stroll through the BFEC labyrinth.  Labyrinths have only one path that leads to the center and back out again.  They are frequently used for moving meditation.  You can use this time to solve a problem, ponder the meaning of life, or simply relish the last rays of sunshine on the longest day of the year.  Meet at the Kokosing Gap Trail parking lot on Laymon Road. 

Howard bike trail

  • June 25, 2022 (Saturday)
  • Ohio to Erie Trailapalooza
  • Time:  10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Contact:   Lori Totman - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Save the date!  Watch for details for the three-county (Knox, Licking, and Delaware) trail celebration as we prepare for a grand event! 

moon trees

  •  August 12, 2022 (Friday)
  • Moon Stories from Around the World
  • Location: Thayer Ridge Park
  • Time: 8:30 p.m.
  • Contact:  Lori Totman - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Join Certified Volunteer Naturalist and knowledgeable astronomer Chad Ruhl for this educational and entertaining hike/program.  Chad will lead us on a guided hike along the woods edge and as we stop at various clearings we will observe the moon and listen to a moon story.  Ever wonder where the saying and song “the Man in the Moon” came from?  Many countries from around the world had legends, myths or customs attached to the moon.  Chad will share the stories of the “Fox in the Moon”, “Toad in the Moon”, “Jack and Jill in the Moon” and more.  Although it is a full moon, the Perseid meteor shower is also peaking and we just may see a shooting star or two.

    Bring binoculars if you have them.  Park District has some to lend.

    Dress for the weather conditions and sturdy walking shoes are recommended.

 

mushrooms

  •  August 13, 2022 (Saturday)
  • Mushroom Magic at Wolf Run
  • Location:  Wolf Run Regional Park - meet at the parking lot shelter
  • Time: 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
  • Contact:  Lori Totman - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Join fungi expert Walt Sturgeon and a member of the Ohio Mushroom Society (OMS) for a talk and “table” walk to look at the mushroom finds the OMS members collected in the park earlier in the day.  Participants will be amazed at the many different species and colors of ‘shrooms found at Wolf Run.

 

chimney swift 4

  •  August 27, 2022 (Saturday)
  • Flight of the Chimney Swifts
  • Location: Bladensburg Community Center
  • Time: 7:45 - 8:45 p.m.
  • Contact:  Ray Heithaus - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • We have our own bird migration spectacular here in Knox County, as hundreds (maybe more) migrating Chimney Swifts fly to a night-time roost in Bladensburg.  Experience this event of natural history to learn more about bird migration and natural history, and to enjoy the company of fellow members of the Owl Creek Conservancy.

 

pumkins

  •  October 15, 2022 (Saturday)
  • Fall Harvest Festival
  • Location: Brown Family Environmental Center
  • Time: 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Contact:  Noelle Jordan - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Celebrate the season with wagon rides, kids harvest races, farm animals and produce, a campfire, cider press, pumpkin decorating, and more.

 

illuminary in trees

  • December 9, 2022 (Friday)
  • Fire and Ice
  • Location:  Honey Run Waterfall - Participants must park at the Millwood Church of Christ (10900 Millersburg Road) and ride a KAT shuttle to the site)
  • Time: 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Contact:  Lori Totman - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Make plans to join us for the 7th Fire and Ice after a two-year hiatus.  This spectacular and magical event coincides with Knox County’s FOOD FOR THE HUNGRY (FFTH).  Catch a shuttle at the church and be ready to be delighted, entertained and mesmerized by the over 600 luminaria at the Honey Run Waterfall – one of Knox County’s most spectacular natural gems!  Bring canned food items and/or a monetary donation (accepted at the Church parking lot) for the FFTH drive.  We thank you for helping our neighbors and friends in need!

    Dress for the weather conditions and sturdy walking shoes are recommended.

 

Meeting Locations

Directions are from Mount Vernon

BLADENSBURG OLD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: Take OH 586 (Martinsburg Road) south out of Mount Vernon. After 10.6 miles, turn right onto North Market Street, then after 0.1 mile turn left onto OH 541. Drive for 3.9 miles to 25821 New Guilford Road (on the left).

BROWN FAMILY ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER: Take SR 229 east to Laymon Road. [SR 308 turns left at this intersection.] Turn right and go southward 0.5 miles to parking lot on the right.

HONEY RUN HIGHLANDS:  Take SR 36 east out of Mount Vernon about 11 miles to Millwood.  Turn right onto Bridge Street.  Turn left to stay on Bridge Street.  Turn right onto SR 62/Millersburg Road and drive about a mile.  10816 Millersburg Road, Howard, 43028.

HONEY RUN WATERFALL:  Take SR 36 east out of Mount Vernon about 11 miles to Millwood.  Turn right onto Bridge Street.  Turn left to stay on Bridge Street.  The road name changes to Hazel Dell Road.  Stay on Hazel Dell Road just over a mile.  Park at the Honey Run Highlands parking lot.  10865 Hazel Dell Road, Howard, 43028.

LAYMON ROAD CANOE ACCESS: Take SR 229 east to Laymon Road. [SR 308 turns left at this intersection.] Turn right.  The canoe access is on the right.

THAYER RIDGE PARK: Take SR 36 west out of Mount Vernon about four miles.  Turn left onto Thayer Road.  The park is one mile on the right. 7077 Thayer Road, Mount Vernon, 43050.

WOLF RUN REGIONAL PARK: Take SR 36 east to the traffic light at Upper Gilchrist Road.  Turn right onto Upper Gilchrist Road and drive to the first intersection.  Turn left onto Yauger Road.  The parking lot on the left.  17621 Yauger Road, Mount Vernon, 43050.