Category Archives: OAGC Projects

Mohican Outdoor School looking for support

mohican-imageMohican School in the Out of Doors (MOS), is an outdoor environmental education organization located in rural Richland County near Butler, Ohio. Mohican has been honored to be chosen as a GLOBE partner. The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program is an international science and education program that provides students and the public worldwide with the opportunity to participate in data collection and the scientific process, and contribute meaningfully to our understanding of the Earth system and global environment. Announced by the U.S. Government on Earth Day in 1994, GLOBE launched its worldwide implementation in 1995. GLOBE is important because participation in citizen science engages students in a way that the traditional science class is unable to achieve.

globe-logoMohican Outdoor School has two teachers who are trained GLOBE teachers, one of which is a GLOBE trainer. By having this partnership, the Mohican trainer can train other Mohican staff enabling the staff to provide meaningful authentic hands-on research and data collecting experiences. This partnership has other far-reaching effects in that the trainer will also provide professional development for other Ohio teachers, who then can initiate GLOBE programs at their schools.

MOS plans to integrate GLOBE protocols in soils, water and weather classes; all topics that are important to gardeners. However, additional equipment that will meet GLOBE instrument specifications are needed in order to get GLOBE up and running. It is hoped that individuals or garden clubs can assist MOS to purchase some of these items. The following items are examples of items needed to make it possible for MOS to promote this meaningful science program.

Three (3) Munsell Soil color charts @ 50.00 each
Three (3) NPK kits @ $29.50 each
One (1) Digital Hygrometer @ $29.95 each
Three (3) Min/Max Digital 7-day Thermometers @ $26.99 each
One (1) pH meter @ $58.25 each
pH buffers for pH meter, 4.0, 7.0 and 10.0 @ $8.30 each, total of $24.90
One (1) dissolved oxygen kit @ $59.50 each

Any or all or this equipment would allow MOS to implement additional content to their program and would be very much appreciated. Financial support can be directed to The OAGC Foundation treasurer with memo that the donation is for the MOS GLOBE program support.

Johnny Appleseed Highway

Johnny Appleseed Highway
Portion of the Johnny Appleseed Highway

John Chapman (September 26, 1774 – March 18, 1845), often called Johnny Appleseed, was an American pioneer nurseryman who had a vision of making the wilderness fruitful. With his bag of appleseeds, herbs and sometimes evergreen seedlings, he traveled down the Ohio River trails, up the Muskingum, back and forth, through the central part of Ohio, and finally to Indiana where he died in 1845.

In small clearings he made plantings over the state. Through the years he traveled to tend his orchards, giving and planting more seeds. He lived a simple life, loving plants, creatures of the wood and all mankind.

Appleseed Highway Marker
Appleseed Highway Marker

In the 1930s, The Ohio Association of Garden Clubs had members who worked with the Ohio Roadside Council and attended the Short Course on Roadside Development that was offered by the Ohio State Highway Department and the Ohio State University. Gradually, the idea of selecting a highway planting as a statewide beautification project took form to beautify and soften the impact of Ohio’s developing highways.

In 1950, the “Johnny Appleseed Memorial Highway” was dedicated by the State of Ohio. It ran north from Pomeroy on the Ohio River through Columbus, to Toledo and on to Lake Erie via State Routes 33, 31 and 25. The project focused on roadside plantings of crabapples, native trees and shrubs to accentuate scenic views, landscapes, and points of interest along the routes.

The Highway Department workers. Circa 1950
The Highway Department workers. Circa 1950

Landscape architects of the State Highway Department designed plantings and maintained them. OAGC clubs from around the state supported the efforts financially and provided supplemental beautification plantings. (Source, The Garden Path archives, 1951)