Upcoming Events
17th Annual
"Explore the Nature of Knox County"
2018

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.

  • July 11 (Wednesday)
  • Stream Quality Monitoring Workshop
  • Laymon Road River Access Area - Location 6
  • Led by Brian Zimmerman, ODNR staff
  • 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Dress: Appropriate for wading
Participants will net river insects and crayfish to learn what they tell us about the river's health, plus have a chance to sign up to become a monitoring volunteer. We will net small fish with Ohio fish expert Brian Zimmerman (OSU Museum of Biodiversity).


  • April 7, May 5 and July 21 (Saturdays)
  • Nature Photography Workshops
  • BFEC Resource Center - Location 2
  • Led by Brad Imhoff
  • 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Join us for one or all of the workshops. Learn the intricacies of your camera, composition, lighting, macro photography and more. Registration required (call 740-427-5052).


  • July 28 (Saturday) PLEASE NOTE this date is different than that on the brochure
  • Prairie Spectacular
  • Guy Denny Prairie - Location 7
  • Led by Guy Denny
  • 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Dress: appropriate for the weather, easy hiking
Prairie flowers will be in full bloom at a special reconstructed prairie. Join members of the Ohio Natural Areas and Preserves Association at Guy Denny's prairie west of Fredericktown for a naturalist's interpretation of one of Ohio's special ecosystems.


  • September 15 (Saturday)
  • Kokosing State Scenic River Cleanup
  • C.A. & C. Depot, Mount Vernon - Location 8
  • Led by ODNR staff
  • 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Dress: Appropriate for wading, canoeing
Volunteers are invited to walk or canoe the river from one of the five different locations. This event also will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of Ohio's State Wild, Scenic and Recreational Rivers.


  • October 13 (Saturday)
  • Peak Fall Color Hike
  • Indianfield Bluff Park - Location 9
  • 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • Dress: Sturdy hiking shoes; this 1.5 mile hike has steep trails
This could be the time for peak fall color in Knox County. Enjoy hiking the Bluffs during the cooler autumn temperatures, and take in some incredible views of the Kokosing State Scenic River.


  • October 20 (Saturday)
  • Harvest Festival
  • Brown Family Environmental Center - Location 2
  • Led by BFEC staff
  • 2:00 p.m. 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 8 (Saturday)
  • Fire and Ice
  • Honey Run Waterfall - Location 10
  • 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. Thayer Ridge Park: Take US 36 and OH 3 3.7 miles southwest from Mount Vernon's central square Turn left on Thayer Road for 0.3 miles to the parking area. STREET ADDRESS: 7770 Thayer Road, Mount Vernon, 43050.

    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, Gambier, 43022

    Location 3. 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 4. Ramser Arboretum: 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 5. Honey Run Highlands Park: Take US 36 east to Millwood, then go south on US 62. After one mile (before Caves Road), turn left into the parking lot. STREET ADDRESS: 10816 Millersburg Road, Howard, 43028.

    Location 6. Laymon Road River Access: Take OH 229 east for 4.6 miles. At the intersection with OH 308, turn right on Laymon Road. The access parking lot is on the right, just over the Kokosing River bridge. STREET ADDRESS: 10115 Laymon Road, Gambier, 43022.

    Location 7. Guy Denny Prairie: From Route 13 at Fredericktown, take OH 95 west 4.5 miles. Look for sign at drive on right. If you enter Morrow County, turn around. STREET ADDRESS: 6021 Mount Gilead Road, Fredericktown, 43019.

    Location 8. C.A. & C. Depot: Take South Main Street from the city square, turning right on Columbus Road after 0.3 miles. The parking lot is 100 feet from the intersection, on the right. STREET ADDRESS: 1 Columbus Road, Mount Vernon, 43050.

    Location 9. Indianfield Bluffs Park: From Gambier, take Wiggin Street Road (which turns into Zion Road) east 2.9 miles. Turn left on Caves Road, then after 0.9 miles turn left onto Sapp Road. The park entrance is on the left, after 0.5 miles. STREET ADDRESS: 10855 Sapp Road, Gambier, 43022.

    Location 10. 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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