Owls of Ohio – Tuesday, January 19th, 6:30pm
Guest speaker Gary Moore, formerly of The Nature Conservancy, will share a slide show and his great depth of knowledge about Ohio’s “ghosts of the forest.” We’ll then take a short hike near the Kokosing River, where Gary will play his barred owl recording in hopes that one will reply! Co-sponsored by the Knox County Park District.
Hibernation Fascination: Reptiles & Amphibians Wednesday, February 17th, 6:30pm. Reptiles and amphibians may slumber through winter, but those in the BFEC’s live animal collection promise to keep us awake! Naturalist Al Helser will present the basics of these animals, including some fascinating tricks for making it through a cold winter. Al will also show us a few live examples, like our resident box turtle pictured here.
8th Annual Bluebird Workshop – Sunday, March 7th, 1:00pm. Once imperiled, bluebirds are now gracing our meadows in greater numbers. Learn about these brilliant birds and how you can help them by setting up nesting boxes. Dale Glass, Knox County coordinator of the Ohio Bluebird Society, will give a chock-full presentation, including how to attract bluebirds and proper siting of nesting boxes. BFEC staff will also share news of our extensive bluebird trail and research. A limited supply of high quality bluebird housing systems designed by Dale Glass and Mel Bolt will be available for purchase following the program at 2:00pm.
Rain Gardens 101 - Sunday, March 28th, 1:00pm
Transform that perennial wet spot in your yard into a rain garden with native plants that attract birds and butterflies. Rain gardens are designed to help water percolate through the soil, instead of forming a pond in your yard or running off to deliver pollutants to local waterways. The Knox Soil & Water Conservation District will present what they’ve learned from local installations, and we’ll also take a look at the BFEC’s rain garden-in-progress.
Full Moon Hike – Sunday, March 28th,7:30pm
Take a brisk 1.5 mile hike on steep terrain, and be rewarded (should the skies cooperate) with a fantastic view of the full moon rising over the Kokosing River valley. Please wear sturdy hiking shoes. Rain date (in the event of cloudy or rainy weather) will be the following evening, March 29th. Call 427-5052 for program status.
Wild Edibles & Medicinals - Saturday, April 3rd, 1:00pm
Take in the bright green of spring while discovering common wild plants and “weeds” that offer a surprising array for the salad plate or medicine cabinet.
Earth Day Challenge Marathon & Health Expo - Sunday, April 25th - Kenyon Athletic Center. The Expo is a FREE event that focuses on keeping ourselves and our world healthy - two goals that go hand-in-hand! Features will include exhibitors and vendors of green and healthy products and resources, farmers market and petting zoo, door prizes, music, and hands-on activities for people of all ages. The marathon will start and conclude at the same location - help cheer on runners as they finish! Marathon registration is available at our website: http://bfec.kenyon.edu.
Wildflower Walk - Saturday, May 8th , 2:00pm.
Stroll through the BFEC gardens and along trails to experience the delicate beauty of ephemeral spring wildflowers. A Mother’s Day treat!
Contact the BFEC at 740-427-5052 or email@example.com
for further information on all events.
Directions to the Brown Family Environmental Center:
From Mount Vernon,
follow State Route 229 east approximately four miles. Turn right onto
Laymon Road (at the S.R. 308 junction and entrance to Kenyon College).
Go one-quarter mile, past the BFEC farm house to the BFEC Visitor Center,
located on the right.
Observatory Open House – last Friday of the month.
The Miller Observatory at the BFEC hosts an open house on last Fridays of the month, typically 9-11 pm during daylight savings time (March through October) and 8-10 pm during winter months (November through February). Open house hours are hosted by Paula Turner, Kenyon College Associate Professor of Physics, and may fluctuate in accordance with her schedule. Depending on the time of year, open house targets can include the Moon, planets, star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies.
Temperatures drop considerably after dark. And remember, not even telescopes can see through clouds, so open houses will be canceled in the event of cloudy weather. If you have questions, please contact Paula at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Directions: from Mt. Vernon, follow S.R. 229 (Gambier Street) approximately four miles. About ¼ mile before reaching the S.R. 308 / Wiggin Street junction (and main entrance to the Kenyon College campus), see the observatory sign and turn left onto an asphalt access road. Follow the road to the top of the hill and observatory.