Upcoming Class- Living Rivers!

Living Rivers–Arteries of the Eastern Forest, August 16-21, 2009

A five day field course in aquatic ecology & the global significance of the Eastern Forest led by five outstanding field biologists; held at the Arc of Appalachia Preserve System in southern Ohio. David Johnson Microbiologist from Ohio Wesleyan; Greg Lipps, herpetologist; Roger F. Thoma, Eastern US crayfish expert; Mark Kibbey, Curator of Fishes, OSU Museum of Biodiversity; and G. Thomas Watters, freshwater mussels expert, Research Associate, OSU Museum of Biodiversity.

This course will further participants’ appreciation of the Eastern forest by studying its lifeblood — its rivers and streams, and the myriads of life forms that watersheds support. Experts in the fields of botany, mussels, crayfish, fish and salamanders will be leading this course – giving participants a global, cross-disciplinary foundation of knowledge. America’s Eastern Forest shares many tree and mammal genera with closely-related forest centers located in Europe and Eastern Asia. However, our native forest has one major feature that, when compared to its sister forests, distinguishes it globally. Quite simply, America’s Eastern temperate forest claims the highest aquatic life diversity in the temperate world.

Conservation challenges now make waterways one of the most imperiled of the forest’s components throughout the temperate world, so it behooves Eastern US citizens to gain knowledge quickly in this important realm. This course is suitable for any person interested in living systems, regardless of formal educational background and vocation. Limited to 16 participants. For full information: http://www.highlandssanctuary.org/WE/Waterways/waterways.htm

 

Night Haunt I

May 30, 8PM – 12PM
Pre-registration required

The evening will begin with a program on Ohio’s only flying mammal, the “bat”. The group will then walk through the evening fog to the famous Ceely Rose. In 1896, Ceely Rose murdered her entire family inside of this little Pleasant Valley home. park naturalist will tell the grizzly true story on the front porch. The night concludes with a rare “candlelight” tour of the Bromfield Mansion where haunted stories will be told.

The fee for this unique experience is $30.00 per participant. This program is not recommended for children under 16 years of age due to its length and content. Dress for weather conditions. Call 419-892-2784 to pre-register. Groups are limited to 25 so register soon to insure your spot.

Malabar Farm is located 12 miles southeast of Mansfield, just one mile west of SR 603 on Pleasant Valley Road. Louis Bromfield, a world-renowned novelist and conservationist, created the farm in the 1940s as a demonstration farm for progressive conservation practices. Malabar Farm State Park is the only working farm in the Ohio State Park system. Programs and special events are offered year-round. For more information about this or other programs, call the park office at 419-892-2784 or visit their Website at malabarfarm.org.

 

4th Annual Garlic Mustard Pestival!

Get outside and join in the fun at the 4th Annual Garlic Mustard Pestival at the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes on Saturday, May 30th. Please purchase your tickets in advanced as this event will sell out.

4th Annual Garlic Mustard Pestival Saturday, May 30th, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

If you can’t beat it, eat it!

Join like minded folks for a cocktail reception including creative cuisine made with garlic mustard, an invasive, edible species that volunteers pull from the Nature Center grounds each year.

Local Chefs and their Creative Cuisine include:

Dante Boccuzzi of Dante: Leg of Lamb with Garlic Mustard Salsa Verde

Sergio Abramof of Sergio/Sarava: Chilled Gazpacho with Garlic-Mustard Pesto Swirl

Ben Bebenroth of Spice of Life Catering: Fettuccini with sauté of Garlic mustard greens, French country sausage, caramelized ramps and Mackenzie creamery goat cheese, Manodori balsamic, fresh basil and extra virgin olive oil

Scott Kim of SaSa: Ceviche with Scallops, Shrimp and Red Snapper in a Japanese Garlic Mustard Citrus sauce

John Pistone of J. Pistone Market: Grilled Bay of Fundy Salmon & Garlic Mustard Aioli with Red White and Green Lentil Salad

Dessert courtesy of A Cookie and A Cupcake and Mularo’s Gourmet Ice Cream

Wines donated by Wines LLC and Beer donated by Indigo Imp Brewery.

Tickets in Advance: Member $35/Non-Member $45. Tickets at the Door: Member $40/Non-Member $50. Reservations highly recommended.

Call 216-321-5935 for more information or visit the website at www.shakerlakes.org. Tickets purchased in advance for the Pestival can be applied toward the Cultural, Edible and Medicinal Uses of Plants in the Doan Brook hike on Saturday, May 30, from 1 to 4 p.m.

 

Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society to host 31-mile bird watching walk May 23

Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society to host 31-mile bird watching walk May 23 – Cleveland.com: “The entire length of the 31-mile route is part of the Rocky River Important Bird Area. Walkers are seeking pledges to help them finish their 5-year survey of birds in the area, which is being done in hopes of securing funds for Cleveland Metroparks to buy additional parcels of land in the valley so they can be protected from development.”

What a wonderful way to support Cleveland Metroparks and enjoy a day-long outdoor adventure with experienced birders. Check this out and expand your horizons.

For more information: visit the Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society’s web page.

 

Spring Plowing Days

Visit Malabar Farm on May 16 & 17, 2009 from 11AM – 4PM for this free event.

Malabar Farm’s Spring Plowing Days features the beautiful and majestic draft animals which once were the mainstay of farming in early Ohio. The setting for this event is the rich rolling countryside of Pleasant Valley where agriculture has played an important role since the 1820’s. Malabar Farm State Park and the Central Ohio Draft Horse Association will once again host Annual Spring Plowing Days. Spring Plowing Days will feature teamsters and draft teams testing their skills in competition. All competitors must be members of the Central Ohio Draft Horse Association. This is just one of the opportunities Malabar offers visitors to reflect on and experience many things which have changed as well as a few which have stayed the same.

Sunday’s events include adult classes for men and women in the box-wagon obstacle course. The log skidding contest begins at 11:00 a.m. and the weekend’s activities wrap up with the fun pull. Teamsters pit the strength of their teams against their competition to see which team can pull the greatest load over a distance of 25 feet.

The Malabar Farm Restaurant is open Tuesdays through Thursdays 11:00 a.m. to 8:00pm; Fridays & Saturdays 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; and Sundays 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. year around. For reservations or more information call 419-938-5205. Additionally, the Malabar Farm Hostelling International, will be holding their Annual Open house from 12 noon till 4pm both days. Call 419-892-2055 for more information.

Malabar Farm is located 12 miles southeast of Mansfield, one mile west of SR 603 on Pleasant Valley Road. Louis Bromfield, a world-renowned novelist and conservationist, created the farm in the 1940s as a demonstration farm for progressive conservation practices. Malabar Farm State Park is the only working farm in the Ohio State Park system. Programs and special events are offered year-round. For more information about this or other programs, call the park office at 419-892-2784 or visit our Website at malabarfarm.org.

While you are in the area, check out the Butternut Loop Trail at Malabar Farm State Park.

 

Cuyahoga Heights: Storytellers will tell tales Saturday in Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation – Sun Courier

Cuyahoga Heights: Storytellers will tell tales Saturday in Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation – Sun Courier

Here’s an opportunity to support an under-used communication medium and show your kids how people entertained one another in the past. Traditional story telling!