The Glen Helen Association acquired this 76-acre former farm last year, and this will be our first public hike on the parcel. We’ll be bushwhacking. Expect scratchy branches and wet stream crossings on this 1.5-mile adventure. $5, members free. Park across the road at 1265 State Route 343.
How fast does a peregrine falcon fly? Are owls really silent? Why do vultures have bald heads? Here is your chance to chat informally with a docent and meet an ambassador animal one on one. Spend a few minutes or a few hours. See feet, touch feathers, and learn about the wonders of the raptor world. Raptor Center.
Join the National Park Service for a program on Huffman Prairie’s story from the time when continental glaciers covered much of what is now Ohio to the present, and learn about the plants and animals that call it home. In 1984, Dave Nolin found that piece of the Huffman Prairie still existed and through efforts by private, local, state, and federal agencies, a 114-acre fragment of the prairie was reestablished.
This program is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 937-225-7705.
Treat the mothers and mother figures in your life to a guided wildflower hike through the Glen, or take the hike yourself in their honor! We’ll find blooms popping up through the grass or sprouting on the forest floor. During the hike, participants will learn basic plant identification skills using field guides. All ages. Maximum of 15 participants. $10, $5 for members. Please register prior to event. Trailside.
Meet and learn about our baby ducklings. Visit these fluff balls before they grow feathers and move outside to the Antioch Farm. All ages. Free, donations welcome. Trailside.
Our annual birdwatching marathon, with free hikes scheduled throughout the day. Join us as we raise funds in support of Glen Helen land restoration activities, and discover how many bird species can be found in the Glen in one 24-hour period! You can “Make it Count for the Birds” from the comfort of your home by offering a per-species or lump-sum donation. Contact [email protected] for more info.
5:30 am: Dawn Chorus along the Little Miami: Greet the dawn and hear the forest awaken with song. MEETING SPOT: Grinnell Mill, 3536 Bryan Park Rd.
8:30 am: Woodland Bird Walk: We expect fifty species or more on this two-hour hike. MEETING SPOT: Trailside Museum
8:30 am: Pine Forest Walk: Migratory songbirds, with occasional sightings of unusual finds like the colorful pine warbler. MEETING SPOT: Horace Mann Meadow, Bryan Park Rd., just south of John Bryan St Park entrance
12 pm: Tally Rally: Birders share what they’ve found (and what they’ve missed). Nosh on complimentary sandwiches and coffee. LOCATION: Trailside Museum
12:30 pm: The Homestead Walk: The sparsely visited area of the South Glen is home to a recently restored wetland. MEETING SPOT: The far end of West Jacoby Rd. (Access from Rt. 68)
12:30 pm: South Glen Wetlands: The slope wetlands and cattail marsh of the South Glen present a wholly different habitat than that of the North Glen. MEETING SPOT: Greene County Boat Launch at the end of East Jacoby Rd. (Access from Clifton Rd.)
3:30 pm: Prairie and River Walk: We’ll walk through the South Glen along the Little Miami. Expect orioles, finches, swallows, and warblers. MEETING SPOT: The Little Miami Bridge on Grinnell Rd.
7 pm: Evening Tally Rally: Join our birders for the evening species count. LOCATION: Trailside Museum
As the weather begins to warm, come and learn what wildflowers are blooming in the Glen, then take a full moon hike on the Inman Trail with naturalist Paul Sampson. $5, members free. Trailside.
Join us for a hike and visit from an animal guest. We’ll follow the visit with walk and watch for bats, listen for owls and test our senses in the dark. The hike will finish with a campfire and s’mores. All ages. $5, members free. Trailside.
Tue, April 17, Farm Volunteer Work Day, 6-8pm | Join students and community members to learn and help on the Antioch Farm. All ages and skill levels welcome. Weather permitting. Meet on the Farm. Info: 937-477-8654.
It’s Earth Day and we are celebrating Raptor style. To help the Raptor Center get ready for the influx of baby birds that need a bit of TLC every Spring, we are throwing a baby shower! Visit the Raptor Center at 2pm for a program featuring many of our avian ambassadors. Make a donation to the Raptor Center by “fostering a baby” or bringing a gift from our wishlist. Visit www.glenhelen.org/raptor-center for more information and wishlist. Raptor Center, 1075 State Route 343. Parking is limited. Additional parking available a 15-minute walk away at our Corry St. lot.