Upcoming Events
18th Annual
"Explore the Nature of Knox County"
2019

In collaboration with

Brown Family Environmental Center Knox County Park District Ramser Arboretum

Brown Family Environmental Center at Kenyon College
Knox County Park District
Ramser Arboretum


The events have been arranged especially to illustrate and to highlight natural features of the land and waters of the Knox County Area. Please attend as your interests and schedules permit, and bring your friends and family. If you have suggestions for future activities or places to visit, please call 740-392-6952.



Directions can be found at the bottom of this page.

  • August 13 (Tuesday)
  • Perseids Meteor Shower Watch
  • Thayer Ridge Park - Location 10
  • Led by Chad Ruhl and Park District staff
  • 9:00 to 11:00 p.m.
Enjoy a late evening "shooting star" party during the annual Perseids. After a short walk we will settle in to enjoy the show. Bring a bag chair, blanket and snacks to share. This event is weather dependent, so check the Park District Facebook page for the most up-to-date details.


  • September 21 (Saturday)
  • Kokosing River Rally
  • C. A. and C. Depot, Mount Vernon - Location 3
  • 9:30 a.m.
Participants are invited to walk or canoe our State Scenic River for the annual cleanup day. Open to anyone. Co-sponsored by the Park District and the Knox County Recycling and Litter Prevention office. Registration and safety instruction begin at 9:30 a.m. Call Randy Canterbury (740-393-6704, KCR&P) for details and to volunteer.


  • October 19 (Saturday)
  • Kokosing River Trail Off-road Run 5K/10K
  • Brown Family Environmental Center - Location 4
  • Led by BFEC staff
  • 8:00 a.m. registration, 9:30 a.m. race starts
  • Dress: Appropriate for the weather
Experience the fall colors of prairie, river and forest by walking or running in this timed event. Starting and finishing at the BFEC picnic shelter, participants will travel the BFEC southern trail system. A small fee covers prizes and post-race treats.




  • October 19 (Saturday)
  • Harvest Festival
  • Brown Family Environmental Center - Location 4
  • Led by BFEC staff
  • 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
  • Dress: Appropriate for the weather
Celebrate the season with wagon rides, kids' harvest races, farm animals and produce, campfire, cider press, pumpkin decorating, and the Knox County Nature Photography Contest show.


  • December 14 (Saturday)
  • Fire and Ice
  • Honey Run Waterfall - Location 11
  • Led by KCPD staff
  • 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Dress: Suited to the weather with boots as needed
Over 600 luminaries will light your paths to Honey Run Waterfall and the Kokosing State Scenic River. Honey Run Waterfall is one of Knox County's most spectacular natural gems. Stay for holiday treats around a roaring bonfire. Bring canned food item(s) for the Food for the Hungry drive.


Meeting Locations
Directions are from Mount Vernon

    Location 1. To be announced.

    Location 2. Wolf Run Regional Park: Take US 36 (Coshocton Road) east to Upper Gilchrist Road. Turn right. Turn east (left) at the next road (Yauger Road) and go 0.5 miles to entrance on the left. STREET ADDRESS: 17621 Yauger Road, Mount Vernon, 43050.

    Location 3. C.A. & C. Depot: Take South Main Street from the city square, keeping right on Columbus Road. The parking lot is 100 feet from the intersection on the right. STREET ADDRESS: 1 Columbus Road, Mount Vernon, 43050.

    Location 4. BFEC Resource Center: Take SR 229 east to Laymon Road (TR 259). [SR 308 turns left at this intersection.] Turn right and go southward 0.5 miles to parking lot on the right. STREET ADDRESS: 9781 Laymon Road, Gambier, 43022

    Location 5. Ramser Arboretum, MVNU Woods: Take SR 3 north for four miles. Turn left on Proper Road. The parking area is 0.8 miles on the right.

    Location 6. Ramser Arboretum, Brown Township: Take SR 3 north 14.6 miles. Turn right on SR 205 and go 200 feet to parking lot on the left. STREET ADDRESS: 21114 Danville-Jelloway Road, Danville, 43014.

    Location 7. Kokosing Gap Trail: Take SR 229 east toward Gambier. Go past SR 308, then turn left at the next intersection (Duff Street). Turn right at the first drive for Kokosing Gap Trail parking. STREET ADDRESS: 297 Duff Street, Gambier, 43022.

    Location 8. Riverside Park: From the square, drive 0.9 miles on West High Street, then turn right on Dike Road.

    Location 9. Zuck Riparian Preserve: From the square, take US 36 for 12.5 miles to SR 715. Turn left. After 0.7 miles, turn right on Zuck Road. The preserve is 0.8 miles further. STREET ADDRESS: 28300 Zuck Road, Howard, 43028.

    Location 10. Thayer Ridge Park: Take US 36 and OH 3 3.7 miles southwest from Mount Vernon's central square Turn left on Thayer Road and go 0.3 miles to the parking area. STREET ADDRESS: 7077 Thayer Road, Mount Vernon, 43050.

    Location 11. Honey Run parking lot: Take US 36 east to US 62. Exit on US 62 to the south (right). Cross bridge and turn left on Hazel Dell Road. Follow Hazel Dell about 1.1 miles and look for the parking lot on the right. (Participants must park in the Honey Run Highlands parking lot, across Hazel Dell Road from the Honey Run Waterfall parking lot.) STREET ADDRESS: 10865 Hazel Dell Road, Howard, 43028.

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