February Events at Malabar Farm State Park

Malabar Farm State Park in North Central Ohio has the cure for cabin fever!

Cross Country Skiing/Rentals

Thursday through Sunday
11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
$5.00 per rental hour

The ski trails are open and are currently graded as “Excellent – Snow depth 3″+ over 90% coverage over all trails”. The grad will remain intact if temperatures stay below freezing and will improve pending more snow fall. Please visit www.malabarfarm.org for current conditions.

Malabar Farm “Big House Tours”
Saturday & Sunday
12PM, 1PM, 2PM, 3PM, 4PM
$4.00 Adult
$3.60 Seniors
Under 18 $2.00

Malabar Farm Restaurant
Saturday: 11am – 9pm
Sunday: 11am – 7pm

Owl Walks (FREE)
February 7th & 14th
Saturday & Sunday
7:30 PM

A few more activities to round out your day…

  • Stop by the new Malabar Farm Songbird Aviary.
  • Take the kids to the Malabar Main Barn and discover our farm/petting animals.
  • Explore the rock shelters and caves in all of its winter beauty.
  • Eat our farm fresh products at the Historic Malabar Farm Restaurant (1820).
  • Rent a sled and find the nearest hill for a little adventure.
  • Ice Skate on the frozen ponds (weather and conditions pending).
  • Explore over 10 miles of picturesque hiking trails (For a sample, go to neoNaturalist.com’s review of the Butternut Loop Trail.)
  • Purchase old fashioned Lehman’s products, Malabar Farm grass-fed meat, and fresh fudge in the Louis Bromfield Gift Store.

And…a sneak peak of March:

Malabar Farms FREE Maple Festival will be held March 7, 8 14, 15.

Get out and enjoy Ohio Parks!


Four great things to do with the family in October

Fall is a precious time. There is only so much time when it is still comfortable to get outdoors. Only so long until the wildflowers fade. Not much longer until our spare time will be spent with the extended family for the holidays.

Before the last decent day passes, get outside and enjoy Nature! Here are some ideas to get you started.

Visit a park with an view

Find a favorite park that has a scenic overlook. A new favorite of mine is Mt. Jeez at Malabar Farm State Park near Mansfield Ohio. Take a picnic and make a day of it. While you are enjoying the views, maybe you could:

Take a fall hike

A crisp fall day is the perfect time to get out and walk in the woods. Check out these great fall hiking trails in Ohio. (If you aren’t from Ohio, or even if you are, find some close to home trails that are nice in the fall, and leave a comment on this post for others to see your favorites!)

Brush up on Winter Tree ID

Take some time to practice leaf identification with the kids. If you are ambitious, you could collect a variety, glue them down on card stock with white glue, and label them as a learning aid for the family. If you are a glutton for punishment, you could wait until the leaves are gone, and then try your hand at Winter Tree ID!

Orienteering: Find your way with a map and compass

Once the leaves are gone, it is easier to see the lay of the land, and places that were dense with foliage earlier in the year will be wide open for you to explore. It is a great time to learn orienteering, or brush up on it and share it with your kids or friends if you are an old pro. See what it is all about here: Orienteering.

What ever you choose to do with the rest of your fall, please make sure to get outdoors. Then come back and post your adventures, insights, or thoughts as comments here.