NATURE STUDY RETREAT 2022 by Mary Lee Minor
Our 2022 Nature Study Retreat week promises to bring together significant prehistoric understandings including petroglyphs, an endless amount of hikes on walking paths, lakes, cliffs, caves, naturalists new to us, birders, a geologist, an astronomer and specialists from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp in northeastern Jackson County sets on Little Salt Creek and is in truth a pair of shelters. Echo Cave is about 50 feet high with a coating of mosses and ferns. A short walk downstream lies Indian Cave which is quite a bit smaller. Along the banks of the creek are many salt licks that have attracted both humans and animals for centuries. We may not find bones or tusks but others have. Following our early morning birding walks we will learn of remnants of earlier life like mastodons, mammoths, buffalo, panthers, lynxes, fox and
In 1949 Canter’s Cave was purchased by the 4-H program which serves 10 counties in southeastern Ohio. The camp and its main building the Elizabeth L. Evans Outdoor Education Center has been supported heavily by the family of Bob Evans. Its holdings are around 350 acres. One of our specialists has said that Canter’s Cave has pleasant trails. He recommended we spend lots of time outside.
Once you register for the retreat which has a deadline of April 20, 2022 you will be sent a medical form to fill out and bring.
We will send our revised list for packing and last year’s minutes. Dormitory accommodations offer two wings with 5 bunks per room for a total of 30 lower bunks so we can avoid having to climb to the top. Each wing has its own showers.
We can bring snacks without restrictions. Bring a name tag you made and wear a shirt you designed. Mary Ann and Sue will fill our quiet moments with interesting crafting. Bring a new white T-shirt for this year’s art. We plan to have a meal Sunday evening and make our departure Friday morning.
Here is a summary of daily highlights with a 7 am birding walk:
Monday, May 23 – visit the restored Buckeye Furnace site where iron was produced from 1830 -1900 with president of the Friends of Buckeye Furnace, Jim Meacham;
PLANT AUCTION 7 pm- please bring annual or perennial plants, bulbs, seeds, garden ornaments, seeds, books, design containers, items with green thumb appeal.
Tuesday, May 24– a hike to Lake Katherine with Josh Deemer and Coleman Minney; petroglyphs program with Bill Kennedy; begin weeding flower beds as a service project
Wednesday, May 25– a hike to the Leo Petroglyphs with David Apsley and Jim Meachum; power point “Ohio’s Changing Forest Program” with David Apsley
Thursday, May 26– hike to another wildlife area, weeding, a campfire with singing, an astronomy program in the dark— with Brad Hoehne from the John Glenn Observatory
Friday, May 27– breakfast, evaluations, & departure
We said this last year but if you have never come to NSR what is it you are waiting for?
We are rolling out a mossy carpet with your initials engraved on it. Please consider this adventure in the outdoors. No bungee jumping, mountains to climb, nor travel by mule pack. Just
sunshine, flowers, friendly folks, 14 meals, hot showers,
air conditioning and a pace you can handle.