Beaver Creek Wildlife Education Center 2018 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. Donations are always appreciated!!
MAY: Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6 – Wildlife Education Center Opening Weekend for public visitation. The center is open every Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 – 5:00 through October7.
Saturday, May 12 from 11:00 – noon - 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 for a leisurely walk 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 19 from 10:30 – 1:00 - Geology Road Show. Join geologist and Wildlife Center volunteer Cheryl Mattevi in the classroom of the Beaver Creek Wildlife Education Center for a brief introduction to the geology of Beaver Creek State Park. The group will break for lunch and then take a hike along Little Beaver Creek to look at the rock formations that are so important to the geology of the area. Participants should bring a lunch, wear comfortable shoes, and bring insect repellent. Participants are welcome to bring their own rock, mineral, or fossil specimens in for identification.
JUNE: Saturday, June 9 from 11:00 – 11:45 and from 12:00 – 12:45 - Ohio Snakes & Turtles. Education Center volunteer Kathy Cattrell will introduce participants of all ages to some local live reptiles and will discuss how to identify them. There will be two programs this year in the Ohio Room of the Beaver Creek Wildlife Education Center with a maximum of 65 people in each program. If you arrive for the first session and the room is full, you may tour the Wildlife Center while you wait for the second session.
Sunday, June 10 from 9:00 – 11:00 PM – Moths Aren’t Only in The Closet. Did you know moths outnumber butterflies by about 20 to 1? Join Naturalist Joe Malmisur as we try to attract moths to a white sheet using black lights and observe these insects’ amazingly beautiful colors, shapes, and patterns up close. Who knows what else might fly in? Bring bug spray, flashlight, and a camera. Meet at the Wildlife Education Center.
Saturday, June 23 from 10:30 – 12:30 – Tree ID and Invasive Species. This activity, presented by Wildlife Center volunteer Kathy Cattrell, will start in the classroom of the Wildlife Education Center. Participants will learn how to identify the various trees found in Columbiana County by characteristics of the leaves, bark, and flowers and will receive identification handouts to take home. The group will then take an easy ½ mile hike on the Logan’s Loop Trail while they identify some of the trees and examine the various invasive species found in Beaver Creek. Wear sturdy shoes, long pants, and bring insect repellent. Class size is limited to 25 so register soon at email@example.com.
Sunday, June 24 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 and pollination. He will answer questions from our visitors regarding the live honeybee display and about honeybees in general.
JULY: Saturday, July 7 from 9:00 – noon – Mushrooms. Walt Sturgeon, a nationally recognized amateur mycologist with over 40 years of experience, will lead this event. This workshop will include a slide program, a collecting field trip, and a mushroom display. Participants are encouraged to bring mushrooms for identification. 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. Class size is limited to 22, so register early at firstname.lastname@example.org. Meet at the Wildlife Education Center.
Saturday, July 21 from 12:00 - 1:00 - Hellbenders and Scenic Rivers Anniversary. Join Little Beaver Creek Watershed Coordinator Joshua Emanuelson at the Wildlife Education Center as he discusses the endangered Eastern Hellbender salamander. Learn about the Hellbender and what the Ohio Hellbender Partnership is doing to save North America’s largest salamander.
Saturday, July 28 from 10:00 – noon - Summer Birding in Columbiana County. Wildlife Center volunteers Bob and Denise Lane will present a program on the sights and sounds of backyard birds found in Columbiana County in the summer. Participants will learn to identify common backyard avian friends and also those found along Little Beaver Creek. The program will be held in the Ohio Room. AUGUST: Saturday, August 11 from 9:00 - 11:00 PM - Stargazing and Meteor Showers. Join Park Naturalist Mike Mainhart at the Beaver Creek RC Airplane Fly-in fields across from the Horseman’s Camp on Sprucevale Road near the south end of Beaver Creek State Park for an evening of sky watching during the peak of the Perseid meteor showers. There will be a campfire, so bring some marshmallows, a comfortable chair, and a blanket as you enjoy the stargazing and meteor show.
Saturday, August 18 from11:00 - 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.
September: Saturday, September 8 from 10:00 – 2:00 - Lichens and Mosses. Join Janet Traub and Jim Toppin, members of the Ohio Moss and Lichen Association, for an interesting interactive program on lichens and mosses. 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. Following lunch, participants will take an easy hike to find lichen and moss 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 22 from 1:00 - 5:00 - Raising Monarch Butterflies. Nicole Carson of Barefoot Beginnings Goods and Produce will be at the Wildlife Center all afternoon with a display about Monarch butterflies and to answer questions about how to collect and care for the caterpillars and raise them to adults for release.
Saturday, September 29 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM - Paint and Sip. Join Wildlife Education Center volunteer Tracy Doerr for an enjoyable evening of painting and creativity at the Wildlife Education Center. Tracy will lead you through the process of creating your own fall forest painting while you enjoy snacks, coffee and other beverages. You may bring your own snacks and beverages or have the ones provided. Also supplied is the canvas, brushes, and everything else you need to create your masterpiece. Space is limited to 16, so register today 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 6 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 6 and Sunday, October 7 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 7 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. The drawing will be held at 4:00 at the Wildlife Education Center. The winner does not need to be present.
Kid/Family-Friendly Activities 2018
The following activities are targeted for children. An adult must be present with the child at the activity. These programs are offered free of charge. Donations are always appreciated.
Saturday, May 26 from 1:00 – 4:00 -Pet Rock Day. Kids and their adults can join Carolyn at the Wildlife Education Center at 1:00 for a short discussion about the rock cycle and the three rock classifications. Starting at 1:30 participants will paint their own pet rock to take home. Attending the discussion is not required for the rock painting activity.
Saturday, June 16 from 1:00 – 4:00 - Butterfly Activity Day. Kids and their adults can join Carolyn at the Wildlife Education Center any time between 1:00 and 4:00 to create their own butterfly life cycle and clothespin butterfly to take home.
Sunday, July 15 from 1:00 – 4:00 - Flower Activity Day. Kids and their adults can join Carolyn at the Wildlife Education Center any time between 1:00 and 4:00 to create their own book marker and sun catcher using dried wildflowers.
Sunday, August 26 from 1:00 – 4:00 – Animal Track ActivityDay. Kids and their adults can join Carolyn at the Wildlife Education Center at 1:00 to learn how to identify animal tracks. Then starting at 1:30 participants will make a necklace of a track print. Attending the presentation is not required for making the necklace.
Saturday, September 15 from 1:00 – 4:00 - Feather Activity Day. Kids and their adults can join Carolyn at the Wildlife Education Center at 1:00 to learn about different kinds of feathers. Starting at 1:30 participants will make a feathered friend of their own to take home. Attending the presentation is not required for making the feathered friend.
Sunday, October 7 from 11:00 – 4:00 - Fall Outdoor Scavenger Hunt. On the last day of the Beaver Creek Wildlife Education Center 2018 season, kids and their adults are invited to participate in an outside scavenger hunt. Groups will need a camera to take pictures of the items they find from the list. They will then return to the Center to show Carolyn their pictures. All participants who find everything on the list will receive a small prize.