- Daytonians this is the first official weekend of the fall season! One of the most spectacular times of the year in Ohio, you definitely want to get outside and be active while enjoying nature’s art. This Saturday, September 26 holds some great opportunities to experience the season. Take a journey to The Glen Helen Nature Preserve for three different hikes all throughout the day. Lace up your hiking boots and get ready for an action packed Saturday!
The first of three hikes on Saturday, September 26 is an Edible Plant Walk at the Glen. Discover Ohio’s bounty of edible and useful plants with Dave Jansen. This is walk will teach participants how to identify all of the edible and/or useful plants along a selected trail by using the five senses. This is a very useful skill to have, especially for all of you campers out there! The cost of this event is free for Glen Helen members and only $5 for nonmembers. The hike begins at 2:00 p.m. and finishes at 3:00 p.m. Plenty of time to enjoy Saturday morning before heading out to the Springs for all three of these incredible experiences!
The second of three hikes is an Acoustic Ecology trip around the Glen, how cool! Join audio professional, Madeline Fix-Hanson on a walk through the Glen to collect recordings of nature’s symphony. Following the hike there will be wine and light refreshments and then a listening session of the day’s findings. Group size is limited, so early registration is strongly encouraged. The cost of this amazing experience is $5 for Glen Helen members and $10 for nonmember admission. The hike takes off at 5:00 p.m. and finishes at 7:30 p.m. The perfect way to spend the early evening learning about nature’s music!
The third and final hike on Saturday is truly going to be a remarkable affair! The Squash Soup Tasting & Full Moon Hike will take place at the Glen from 9:00 pm until 11:00 pm. Tickle your taste buds with a sampling of seasonal squash soup (vegan option available) before stepping out for a guided hike under the Harvest Moon with naturalist Paul Sampson. This is going to be a very special evening with the first moon of the fall season. Registration is required, for Glen Helen members this is free, and for nonmembers the cost is just $5. Eat from the earth and then go out and enjoy the breathtaking night sky and Harvest Moon! What a way to end a fall day!
Take a trip to Glen Helen this weekend and enjoy many different and unique activities! One location, three hikes, and priceless education about nature in gorgeous setting. Let’s get out and get moving Dayton!