Join nature lovers of all ages for a weekend of active, fun-filled and informative outdoor experiences that celebrate southeastern Ohio’s impressive biodiversity. Hikes through stunning hemlock forests at Camp Oty’Okwa and field trips for adults facilitated by prominent bird and biodiversity experts will be featured. View and photograph warblers and other birds returning from their wintering grounds and abundant spring wildflowers. Educational specialists will guide hands-on activities for children. Workshops and presentations will provide in-depth background information on bird conservation, citizen science opportunities, backyard habitat improvements, and more.
Participants will get to know and learn from inspired environmental educators and naturalists from Rural Action, Camp Oty’Okwa and Athens Area Birders as they host the first-ever major birding festival in Southeastern Ohio.
This is a mutli-generational! It is designed to accommodate the needs of children and their families and promote the health benefits that come from engagement with nature. Highlights for children include building terrariums, bird nests and bird feeders, dissecting owl pellets and taking frequent hikes. Experiences for adults include field trips to natural areas in the region, a citizen science workshop using technology to track species; a Saturday evening concert and a “Birds & Brews” microbrewery event.
What to Expect!
√ Access to premier natural sites not readily available to public!
√ Guides, interpreters & educators who are experts in their fields!
√ Great hands-on activities for kid and their families with plenty of learning and entertainment for adults!
Location: Camp Oty’okwa; 24799 Purcell Rd; South Bloomingville, OH 43152
Date: April 23-24, 2016
Cost: $10 registration
Food: $7/meal, Under age 12: $5, or bring your own.
Lodging: Lodging at Camp Oty’Okwa is $20 per person ($10 under 12). Hotels/Cabins/BB: Hocking Hills Tourism or Athens County Tourism
Registration: Advanced registration recommended.
Contact: Rebecca Farley at Rural Action: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 740-541-2043.
Sponsored by: Rural Action • Camp Oty’Okwwa • Athens Area Birders