Beaver Creek Wildlife Education Center 2017 Programs and Events
Looking for a way to get out and explore the outdoors this summer?Join us for a workshop or outdoor program, or come visit the Wildlife Education Center.There is something for all ages and interest.Visit our web site at www.beavercreekwildlife.org for more information or follow us on our Facebook page. Programs are offered free of charge, but donations are always appreciated!!
May: Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7 – Wildlife Education Center Opening Weekendfor public visitation.The center is open every Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 – 5:00 through October 8.
Saturday, May 6 from 10:00 – noon – Spring Wildflower Hike.Join Wildlife Education Center volunteer Lenna Lockhart on the horseman’s trail at the end of the cul-de-sac off the main parking area down by the iron bridge to find some beautiful spring wildflowers.Bring your camera and insect repellent, wear comfortable shoes, and dress for the weather.Meet at the cul-de-sac.
Saturday, May 13 from noon – 1:00 – Insect Collecting for Dummies.Wildlife Education Center volunteer and local entomologist Janis Kell will be at the Wildlife Education Center to show how to collect and mount insects and discuss identification procedures.This is a fun family-friendly program.You will have time to make a nice collection this summer using the information you learn during this program.Janis will also be at the center until 5:00 to answer questions about insects and the collections she has on display at the center.Meet at the Wildlife Education Center.
Saturday, May 20 from 10:30 – 12:30 – Geology Road Show.Join Wildlife Education Center volunteer and geologist Cheryl Mattevi for an introduction to the local geology around Beaver Creek State Park.From coal swamps to glacial meltwaters, the geologic events that influence land forms and resources have left their imprint on the park.You may bring your own rocks, minerals, or fossil specimens for identification.Meet at the Wildlife Education Center. June: Saturday, June 10 from 12:00 noon– 1:00 – Ohio Snakes & Turtles.Beaver Creek Wildlife Education Center volunteer and former teacher Kathy Cattrell will introduce participants of all ages to some local live reptiles and will discuss how to identify them.Meet at the Wildlife Education Center. Saturday, June 24 from 10:00 – noon – Macroinvertebrates and Water Quality.Join Josh Emanuelson, watershed coordinator from the Columbiana County Soil & Water Conservation District, as he shows how to collect macroinvertebrates from Beaver Creek.He will also explain how water quality affects these organisms.Come prepared to get in the creek to help Josh collect these specimens.Participants must wear shoes or boots to get in the creek.Meet at the parking lot in Beaver Creek State Park down by the iron bridge. Sunday, June 25 from 1:00 – 5:00 – Information on Honeybees.Local beekeeper George Stacy will be at the Wildlife Education Center all afternoon to talk about honeybees, pollination, and answer questions from our visitors regarding the live honeybee display and about honeybees in general. July: Saturday, July 8 from 9:00 – noon – Mushrooms.Walt Sturgeon, a nationally recognized amateur mycologist with over 25 years of experience, will lead this event.This workshop will include a slide program, a collecting field trip, and a mushroom display.There will be information on distinctive, edible, and toxic species, basic taxonomy, fungal ecology, folklore, cooking tips, and ethnomycology (people and mushrooms).Participants may have edible mushrooms to take home.Participants are asked to bring a basket and wax bags or wax paper for collecting the mushrooms.Portions of the walk may be moderate to difficult walking.Please wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.There is a maximum of 20 in this group, so register early at firstname.lastname@example.org.Meet at the Wildlife Education Center. Saturday, July 29 from 10:00 – noon – Birds of Prey.Local birding experts and Wildlife Education Center volunteers Bob and Denise Lane will present this family program on how to identify local birds of prey and will discuss interesting information about the different species and have many taxidermy specimens to show.Meet at the Wildlife Education Center.
August: Saturday, August 5 from 11:00 – noon – Tracks, Scat, and Splat.Join Park Naturalist Richelle at the Wildlife Education Center to learn how to identify animals by the things that they “leave behind”.This is a fun family-friendly program that everyone will enjoy and will include a short hike!Wear comfortable shoes. Saturday, August 19 from 1:00 – 5:00 – Butterflies and Caterpillars.Local butterfly expert Dorothy Reynolds will be at the Wildlife Education Center all afternoon with an assortment of live caterpillars and butterflies in various stages of development.She will be sharing her experiences raising butterflies and will answer questions. September: Saturday, September 9 from 11:30 – 12:30 – Coyotes:Facts and Fiction.Soil & Water Conservation Service Educator Jason Reynolds will be at the Wildlife Education Center to discuss information about coyotes and answer questions.Topics include characteristics, conflicts with humans, and population management. Saturday, September 23 from 10:00 – 2:00 – Lichens.Join Janet Traub and Jim Toppin, members of the Ohio Moss and Lichen Association, for an interesting interactive program on lichens.From 10:00 – noon they will show specimens, pictures, and discuss identification methods.Participants are asked to bring a lunch to eat at the Wildlife Education Center from 12:00 – 12:30.After lunch, participants will take an easy hike to find lichen specimens along one of the trails in the park.Class size is limited to 30, so please e-mail to register at email@example.com.Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.All participants will receive handouts and a booklet on lichen identification.Meet at the Wildlife Education Center.
Saturday, September 30 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM – Paint and Sip.Join Wildlife Education Center volunteer Tracy Doerr for the first after-hours paint & sip at the Wildlife Education Center.Tracy will lead you through the process of creating your own barn owl painting. You may bring your own beverage and your favorite snacks. The Wildlife Education Center will provide soda, coffee, and water. Also provided is the canvas, paint, brushes and everything you need to create your masterpiece. Space is limited to 16, so register today by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.The cost is $30 per person and must be paid upon registration.Proceeds benefit the Wildlife Education Center. October: Saturday, October 7 and Sunday, October 8 from 10:00AM – 4:00PM – Pioneer Days in Beaver Creek State Park.This annual event takes place in Beaver Creek State Park in the restored village area and includes arts and crafts, demonstrations, food, and grinding of grain in the old mill. Saturday, October 7 from 11:00 – 4:00 – Falconry Event.Mick Brown, master falconer, and other falconry experts will be at the Wildlife Education Center to show the birds they use to hunt prey.Hunting demonstrations will be held during the afternoon in the grassy area next to the Wildlife Education Center and Mick will entertain you with his interesting stories. Saturday, October 7 and Sunday, October 8 from 10:00 – 5:00 – Final weekend for the Wildlife Education Center to be open for this season.Please note the extended hours.Be sure to stop in for a visit. Sunday, October 8 at 4:00 – Raffle Drawing.Chain saw carving artist Mike Highfield of Canfield has donated a carving to the Center again this year.Raffle tickets are on sale at the Wildlife Education Center throughout the season during open hours and at the Wildlife Education Center tent during Pioneer Days.The drawing will be held at 4:00 at the Wildlife Education Center.The winner does not need to be present.