Please join The Nature Conservancy in Ohio at the Big Darby Headwaters Nature Preserve on Satuday ne 2nd from 10 a.m. to 2 pm to celebrate this natural treasure in central Ohio. We are excited to officially open our extended trail and highlight the completion of one of the largest stream restoration projects in Ohio’s history!
The public is invited to this "open trail" from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. but I'm suggesting the Meetup group meet at noon and hike the new trail together.
As an added bonus, this preserve is a qualifying site for "Natural Treasures of Ohio" a statewide challenge that runs through Aug. 8 and encourages Ohioans to get outdoors. (see nature.org/naturaltreasuresohio for more details). We will stop by the wetland overlook if you want to enter to win a 2012 Honda Insight Hybrid.
The Big Darby Headwaters Nature Preserve is an 800-acre preserve encompassing a mixture of wetlands and streamside forests that a variety of plant and animal species, including 100 species of fish, 44 types of mussels, trillium, skunk cabbage, jack-in-the-pulpit, eastern screech owls, wild turkeys and great crested fly catchers, all call home.
Parking space for this event has been donated by the Middleburg United Methodist Church, located at 11824 State Route 287, East Liberty, Ohio 43319. Shuttle service will be provided to and from the preserve entrance and church parking lot until 2:30 p.m.
Terrain is easy to moderate but if it rains it could be muddy, so bring appropriate footwear and protection from bugs and sun.