"Explore the Nature of Knox County"
|In collaboration with|
|Brown Family Environmental Center at Kenyon College|
Knox County Park District
Mission Oaks Gardens
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.
|Visit one of Knox County's most unusual wetland habitats. See specialized wetland plants growing on special soils adjacent to the upper reaches of the Kokosing State Scenic River. Be prepared for shallow wading (and bring insect repellant!)|
|Check-in begins at 9:30 a.m. A shuttle will be provided at 10:00 a.m. to the Greer Landing Access for a 5.5-mile float through remote rolling hills and hemlock forests. Take-out will be under the Bridge of Dreams with a shuttle back to parking. Bring water, snacks, and sunscreen. REGISTRATION is required (e-mail email@example.com).|
|Join the Knox County Park District and neighbors to observe a rare "near-total" eclipse. The next opportunity will be in 2024! KCPD will provide some protective eyewear (bring your own if you wish). We also will observe the eclipse by projecting through a pinhole in cardboard. Bring a bag chair and snacks to share. KCPD will provide lemonade and iced tea.|
|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.|
|Kenyon Assistant Professor Eric Holdener will speak about fossils common to Ohio in general and to Knox County in particular. Come learn about the bedrock in which our local fossils are found and what the rocks and fossils reveal about the environments in which they lived. Bring in your own fossils for identification!|
|Luminaries will light the short way to a geological gem. Stay for holiday treats around a roaring bonfire. Bring canned food item(s) for the Food For The Hungry drive.|
Directions are from Mount Vernon:
Location 1. Honey Run Highlands:
Location 2. 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,
Location 3. Honey Run Waterfall: 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.
Location 4. Ramser Arboretum: Take SR 3 north 14 miles. Turn right on SR 205 and go
200 feet to parking lot on the left.
Location 5. Leonard Pond: Take US 36 east (Coshocton Road). Turn left into the private
drive 0.9 miles east of SR 308. STREET ADDRESS: 19499 Coshocton Road, Mount Vernon, 43050.
Location 6. Mission Oaks Gardens: Take SR 586 (Martinsburg Road) southeastward 30.6 miles to SR 146.
Turn left on SR 146 and go 11.7 miles to Maple Avenue (SR 60). [In Zanesville SR 146 becomes Adair Avenue.] Turn left on Maple
Avenue. Go 0.5 miles, keeping right and exit to the right on Dresden Road. Go 0.3 miles and turn right on Yale Avenue. Go 0.2
miles to Norwood Boulevard. Park on Norwood Boulevard. Allow about one hour for travel. (See map below for the last five miles
of the trip). STREET ADDRESS: 1865 Norwood Boulevard, Zanesville, 43701.
Location 7. Sedge Meadow Wetland: Take OH 13 north to turn west (left) on Beckley Road for 0.8 miles. After
crossing the Kokosing River, bear right on Bryant Road and continue northwestward. Look for signs and parking on the right
1.4 miles after crossing Sparta Road.
Location 8. Brinkhaven ODNR Wildlife Area: From Danville, take US 62 east 3.8 miles to County Road 218
(Hunter Road). Turn northwest (left) to the ODNR Wildlife Area.
Location 9. 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.