Since 1945, Nature Study Retreat (originally Nature Camp) has been a place to revel in the natural world through hikes, study and camaraderie! This week-long annual event is open to OAGC members and non-members, and is held at varying locations around the state of Ohio. Registration materials, with full descriptions of accommodations and programs, are available in the spring edition of the Garden Path, and on-line after April 1.
Kids and nature exploration go hand in hand! Given the chance, kids and teens will get their hands into the dirt, their feet in the water, and their eyes up scanning the treetops. And with lots of research showing the physical, mental and emotional benefits of being out in nature, the OAGC is dedicated to providing opportunities for our young gardeners to explore natural areas around the state.
The OAGC departments of Nature & Conservation and Junior Gardener will periodically team up to provide youth nature outings. In addition, if a group would like an outing designed for them, the leader may contact either department to see what is possible. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com with your ideas.
For ideas and inspiration, here are links to two organizations with lots of resources.