By Mary Lee Minor
The traditions of a Nature Study Retreat week are woven with thoughts of getting away, accepting a slower pace and remaining in harmony with the natural world. As we planned to have headquarters at Mohican Outdoor School there was excitement. We are ready to issue an enthusiastic invitation to everyone who longs to be away from phones, meetings and paved roads. You do not have to be an OAGC member to attend!
Tuesday, June 4, the group will head to Black Fork Wetlands where Ashland University research students along with Merrill Tawse, Biology instructor at Ashland University, have studied rails (birds) and placed transmitters on them. Eagles have nested here and we will watch for sandhill cranes. On this day a box lunch will be planned. After dinner, bats will be our evening program with Don and Diana Plant, who are very dedicated to all bats. They are avid blue birders, too.
An added bonus and highlight is the annual plant sale auction. Many unusual plants, from all parts of Ohio, are donated along with other gardening items. This is a special ‘fun’ time, one we look forward to each year. Plan to bring an item for the auction as it helps keep expenses down and helps to offset our programming costs. And you just might go home with a new plant for your garden at a nominal fee.
It would be a challenge to find a more affordable vacation that includes all of these amenities as well as the fellowship of like-minded individuals who enjoy learning about our natural world. Don’t miss out. Reserve your spot now. Read more about Nature Study Retreat in the 2019 Winter issue of The Garden Path.