Upcoming Events
16th Annual
"Explore the Nature of Knox County"

In collaboration with

Brown Family Environmental Center Knox County Park District Mission Oaks Gardens Ramser Arboretum

Brown Family Environmental Center at Kenyon College
Knox County Park District
Mission Oaks Gardens
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 21 (Monday)
  • Solar Eclipse Party
  • Wolf Run Regional Park - Location 9
  • Led by KCPD staff
  • 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Dress: Appropriate for the weather
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.

  • October 14 (Saturday)
  • Harvest Festival
  • Brown Family Environmental Center - Location 2
  • Led by BFEC staff
  • 2:00 p.m. - 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.

  • September 10 (Sunday)
  • Fossils of Knox County
  • Indoors at BFEC - Location 2
  • Led by Eric Holdnener
  • 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
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!

  • December 9 (Saturday)
  • Fire and Ice
  • Honey Run Waterfall - Location 3
  • Led by KCPD staff
  • 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Dress: Suited to the weather with boots as needed
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.

Meeting Locations
Directions are from Mount Vernon:

    Location 1. Honey Run Highlands: 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 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. 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.

    Mission Oaks Gardens map

    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.


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