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e have been working hard to renew and revitalize Ohio’s great state parks and nature preserves to keep bringing value to our guests, and to all Ohioans.

Visitors will see exciting developments at Burr Oak this summer. This underutilized natural asset is being transformed into an adventure park with immense potential. New offerings on the drawing board include archery, paintball, ATV trails, and more. Work is underway on the new dining lodge at Lake Hope that will replace the historic structure that was destroyed by fire in 2006. Elements of the original stone and timber design are being blended with environmentally friendly new features that make an appealing package of good looks and modern efficiency. At Hocking Hills, State Route 664 is being re-routed so that visitors no longer have to dart across the highway to reach Old Man’s Cave. This park is getting the grand new entrance it deserves, and visitors are getting a fresh new perspective from the visitor plaza. A unique natural area, Daughmer Prairie Savannah, has been protected as a nature preserve, thanks to conservation minded partners in northwest Ohio. This ecologically significant remnant of Ohio’s historic prairie landscape has been saved from the threat of development, and is now held in trust for the citizens of Ohio. At many of our state parks and nature preserves, staff and volunteers have been working hard behind the scenes to take good care of our facilities and offer new activities for visitors. At Quail Hollow, the park’s Volunteer Association, Herbal Society and Camera Club joined forces to raise the funds needed to replace the boiler at the Stewart Manor, protecting the historic mansion and making it comfortable for visitors. At Dillon, the park is teaming up with the Midwest Scholastic Rowing Association to offer a promising new venue for regional rowing events. At Deer Creek, a new mountain biking trail is being developed with the help of our trail partners to provide a new way for visitors to enjoy the park this summer. I invite you to come out and experience all our state parks and preserves have to offer. Take a refreshing hike and take in the scenery, have fun at a special event, relax with an overnight stay, and reconnect with family and friends in the great outdoors.

Jon Dobney Assistant Chief, Ohio State Parks

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Portraits of Valor


Naturalist Corner - Major Munchers


Park Pals - Copy Cats


Spotlight - Daughmer Prairie Savannah


Park Points


Locator Map


Calendar of Events


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The War of 1812 made careers and ruined reputations, changed alliances and cemented friendships, created heroes and laid a legend to rest.


wo hundred years ago, Ohio was the frontline in an epic struggle to control the destiny of the young nation. A generation after the original American patriots declared victory over Great Britain in the revolution for liberty, life on the frontier felt far from free. The British still cast a long shadow from their strongholds just across the border in Canada. The native Americans still posed a threat to settlers, despite being pushed to the far northwest corner of Ohio by the 1795 Treaty of Greenville. On the national stage, American ships were being harassed by British naval vessels. American sailors were being plucked from their ships and forced to serve in the British navy. Farmers who tried to trade with French customers were frustrated by British interference. British troops stirred up the Indian resistance with promises to fight side-by-side against the Americans. William Henry Harrison, who was just a tot when his father Benjamin Harrison signed the Declaration of Independence, earned his soldiering credentials in General “Mad” Anthony Wayne’s army. The young Harrison served as Wayne’s aide-de-camp in his campaign against the Ohio Indians, which concluded in 1794 with 2

the Battle of Fallen Timbers, and resulted in the Treaty of Greenville.1 Harrison aspired to a career in politics and he left the army a few years later, but his talent was for battle, and his early military service under Wayne’s leadership proved to be one of the most valuable learning experiences of his life. Following in Wayne’s footsteps, Harrison led his own successful campaign against the Indian refugees who had moved into the Indiana territory, where Harrison was serving as territorial governor. By 1811, the Shawnee Chief Tecumseh had established a bustling new town on the Tippecanoe River, and was piecing together a coalition with the western and Great Lakes tribes. While Tecumseh was away on a recruiting mission that fall, Harrison and his militia marched to the village. Harrison’s troops suffered heavy casualties in the ensuing Battle of Tippecanoe, but they succeeded in destroying the town and damaging Tecumseh’s fragile confederation. Although the official declaration by Congress would not come for several months, the war on the frontier effectively started at Tippecanoe, with a victory for the Americans and fame for Harrison.

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“The American backwoodsma� -- �lad �n �is huntin� �hir�, the product of his �omestic �ndustr�, and �ightin� �or the �oun�r� he loves,�e is more than � �atch fo� the �ile �u� �plendi� mercenar� �f a Europea� �esp��.” - William �enr� ��rriso�

In June 1812, President James Madison asked Congress to declare war on Great Britain.

Gung-ho Ohioans eagerly enlisted for one of the opening campaigns to attack British outposts in Canada. They were led by General William Hull, a Revolutionary War veteran and governor of the Michigan territory, on their march up western Ohio. Along the way, they established small forts and supply depots at strategic spots from Urbana to Lake Erie. As Hull and his Ohio militia were crossing the border into Canada, British Major General Isaac Brock and his Shawnee ally, Tecumseh, were amassing a force of British soldiers, Indian warriors and Canadian militiamen. Hull began to panic at the prospect of the inevitable battle, and ordered his men to retreat to the safety of the fort at Detroit.2 Brock and his troops pursued them and surrounded the fort. The Ohioans’ enthusiasm turned to bitter disappointment when Hull surrendered without a fight. On the heels of Hull’s disgrace, Harrison was named Commander of the Army of the West. At the close of 1812, the theater of war shifted to the Maumee River Valley, and Harrison selected a strategic spot on the Maumee River to establish Fort Meigs (near present day Mary Jane Thurston State Park). With the war in their backyard, every Ohioan could play a role in the war effort, helping to sew uniforms, grow food, and pack supplies. The anticipated attack on the well-built fort came on May 1, 1813. A force of 2,200 Indian warriors and British soldiers led by Tecumseh and the infamous British General Henry Proctor, who was despised by the Americans for his treatment of American prisoners of war,3 assaulted the fort with a variety of cannon shots and showers of sniper fire. Harrison and his army were outmanned two-to-one, but they withstood the relentless week-long siege. Casualties within the walls were light, although Kentucky regiments that approached the fort to provide reinforcement were outmaneuvered, dozens were killed, and the majority were taken prisoner. Proctor conceded defeat, but vowed to return another day. Having already earned fame as the valiant hero of the Battle of Tippecanoe, Harrison bolstered his reputation as a skilled leader and defender of American freedom. Proctor, accompanied by Tecumseh and some 500 soldiers and 2,000 warriors, returned to Fort Meigs in July hoping to catch the fort’s new

commander off guard. Instead, the Americans were well prepared, and the fort well defended. Proctor backed off, opting to harass a smaller fort on the Sandusky River, Fort Stephenson (near present-day Fremont, Ohio). The commander of Fort Stephenson was a gutsy 21-year-old, Major George Croghan. Like William Henry Harrison, George Croghan had an impressive pedigree - his uncle George Rogers Clark was a famous Revolutionary War hero, and another uncle, explorer William Clark, teamed up with Meriwether Lewis on the epic Lewis and Clark expedition. Croghan also enjoyed the finest of mentors - just as Harrison had followed in Anthony Wayne’s footsteps, George Croghan had followed in Harrison’s footsteps. Croghan had served as Harrison’s aide-de-camp at the Battle of Tippecanoe while he was still a teenager, and was promoted to captain for his bravery. Croghan distinguished himself again as a fierce defender of Fort Meigs, and was promoted to major with his own leadership post at Fort Stephenson just weeks before Proctor’s attack. Fort Stephenson was a modest trio of pioneer blockhouses enclosed by a wooden stockade and defended by 160 men and a single old cannon. When Harrison realized the fort’s peril with Proctor on the march, he ordered Croghan and his men to move out. For his part, Croghan recognized that the fort’s vulnerable location was strategically important for the security of the region, and he believed that it was too late to retreat safely. Croghan ordered his men to reinforce the walls with sandbags and sacks of flour, dig a trench around the perimeter, and balance heavy logs atop the stockade, which could be pushed over the edge to crush any enemy soldiers attempting to scale the walls. Proctor opened fire on August 1, 1813. Against staggering odds, Croghan relied on his ingenuity and sheer gumption to defend Fort Stephenson. He moved the sole cannon, nicknamed “Old Betsy,” to different locations inside the fort to give Proctor the impression that the Americans had several pieces of heavy artillery. When the ammunition ran out, Croghan loaded the cannon with grapeshot, shards of pottery, scraps of metal and sharp objects to inflict severe wounds on the attacking soldiers. In two days, the British and Indians suffered 150 casualties to the Americans’ tally of one dead and seven wounded. The victory was decisive, and Croghan was a hero. He was awarded a gold medal by Congress and promoted to lieutenant colonel.

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While Harrison and Croghan were defending forts, another turn of events brightened the prospects for the Americans. A coalition of Indian tribes still living in western Ohio had a change of heart about their relationship with their Ohio neighbors. The Wyandot Chief Tarhe, better known as the Crane, was considering a new alliance.

the lingering British continued to stir the pot. A series of campaigns against the Shawnee, Miami and Wyandot towns led by Colonel William Crawford, then General Arthur St. Clair, and finally General Josiah Harmar failed to reign in the tribes. In 1792, General Anthony Wayne embarked on the war path. He set out on a slow and deliberate march up western Ohio, building forts along the way. The expected confrontation came in August 1794 at Fallen Timbers (near present day Mary Jane Thurston State Park), a forest along the Maumee River that had been toppled by a tornado. Tarhe joined forces with the Shawnee Chief Blue Jacket in a scheme to hide amid the jumble of tree trunks and ambush the soldiers as they passed through. Wayne responded nimbly to the attack, turning the Indians’ advantage of heavy cover into a trap without an escape.

Over the course of his long life, Tarhe had seen his share of conflict, and felt his share of resentment over the invasion of his home by the pioneers, as well as the broken promises of the British. Tarhe had just reached manhood when, in 1763, the British king declared that the colonists were forbidden from settling in the native American lands west of the Appalachian mountains. Like his fellow Wyandot warriors, Tarhe grew concerned about the growing number of frontier settlements in the Indian lands, and was prepared to take action. By the time the royal governor of Virginia, Lord Dunmore, had organized a militia to confront the Indians in the Ohio territory in 1774, Tarhe had become an influential leader. Tarhe helped unite the tribes in a collective effort to drive away the Virginia military. He fought bravely alongside Chief Cornstalk and his Shawnee warriors in their bloody surprise attack on Dunmore’s Captain Lewis at Point Pleasant on the Ohio River. Although Lewis lost nearly one-fifth of his men in the grueling Battle of Point Pleasant, he held his ground and the fight was counted as a defeat for the Indians, who eventually retreated. Tarhe honored the peace agreement that followed the battle, which called for the Indians to yield the land south of the Ohio River to the settlers. Tarhe was a man of his word, and he expected the same of others. He was a passionate defender of his tribe’s interests, but he was also reasonable and pragmatic. He held no personal animosity toward the white settlers – his wife was French Canadian, and his son-in-law, Isaac Zane,4 was a Virginia captive who had been adopted into the tribe. During the 1780s, tensions on the frontier escalated. The Indian lands in the Ohio territory continued to shrink as the U.S. Congress negotiated treaties with various tribes. Incoming settlers continued to violate the treaty terms, the Indians continued to retaliate, and 4

Now a seasoned warrior of 52 years, Tarhe fought with gusto. He and his fellow Wyandots were in a particularly vulnerable position near the river bank. Tarhe was seriously wounded in the arm during the fierce fighting, and at the end of the day, he was the only Wyandot chief to survive. Despite his injuries, Tarhe helped ensure that the Wyandot women and children were evacuated from their camp on the Sandusky River to the relative safety of Sandusky Bay. Tarhe recognized that the Battle of Fallen Timbers was a decisive win for the Americans, and that, with Wayne in charge, it was better to be friends than adversaries. When Wayne initiated the Treaty of Greenville in 1795, Tarhe offered his signature and his sincere pledge to uphold it. The treaty terms drove the tribes out of their towns along the southern reaches of the Muskingum, Tuscarawas, Scioto, Great Miami and Little Miami Rivers, leaving the northwest territory along the Sandusky and Maumee rivers for Indian occupation. More than a dozen years later, when Tecumseh sought to enlist neighboring chiefs in his resistance movement, Tarhe refused. Tarhe was no coward and he did not shrink from his duty as a warrior, even as an old man. However, the counsel of years and experience had taught Tarhe that resistance had come at too dear a cost. He believed that sustaining the peace was now in the best interest of his people.

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Unfortunately, the peace was fleeting. When the war clouds gathered over Ohio in 1812, Tarhe decided to cooperate with William Henry Harrison, and fight alongside his fellow Ohioans to secure the region. After successfully defending Ohio forts in the summer of 1813, Harrison went on the offensive in the fall, on the heels of the stunning defeat of the British navy on Lake Erie by the feisty Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry.5 Harrison resumed his chase of Proctor and Tecumseh into Canada. He caught up to them at the Thames River (in Ontario, east of Detroit). When Tecumseh was struck a fatal blow in the ensuing Battle of the Thames, his confederation crumbled and the specter of the Indian menace was laid to rest. In Ohio, hostilities with the British and the Indians quickly faded as the theater of war shifted to strategic ports at New York, New Orleans and Chesapeake Bay. The War of 1812 raged on for more than a year until it officially ended in December 24, 1814 with the signing of the Treaty of Ghent between the United States and Great Britain. Meanwhile, life in Ohio achieved a new equilibrium. Tarhe retired quietly to the Wyandot village of Upper Sandusky, where he lived in peace and comfort until he died in 1818 at the age 1 For more information on Anthony Wayne see the feature article “Not So Mad

After All” in the Fall 2009/Winter 2010 issue of Ohio State Parks. 2 Fort Pontchartrain was originally built by a French explorer in 1701 along the

Detroit River at the gateway to Lake Erie. The British took control of the fort in 1760 during the French and Indian War, and renamed it Fort Detroit. It remained in British hands until 1796, when it was seized by General Anthony Wayne. 3 In the winter of 1812-13, a detachment of Americans under the leadership

of General James Winchester was attacked by Proctor and his Indian allies at Frenchtown on the Raisin River (near present-day Monroe, Michigan). Proctor stood by as the Indians scalped and murdered the wounded Americans, despite his promise to protect them. 4 Isaac Zane was the brother of Ebenezer Zane, who built a road across the Ohio

wilderness and founded Zanesville, and Betty Zane, the teenager who saved Fort Henry when she dashed past Indians and British soldiers to retrieve gunpowder. 5 See the feature article “Don’t Give Up the Ship” in the Spring/Summer 2005 issue

of 76. A monument to Tarhe was erected in 1915 in rural Wyandot County (north of Upper Sandusky near the intersection of State Route 67 and County Road 47). George Croghan continued to serve in the military, fought in the Mexican-American War, and settled in New Orleans where he died of cholera in 1849. Today, history buffs can pay their respects at Croghan’s grave and monument at Fort Stephenson Park in Fremont. William Henry Harrison made his home in North Bend, Ohio and continued to serve Ohioans as a State Senator, Representative in Congress, and U. S. Senator. Three decades after his first military victory, “Old Tippecanoe” honed his image as a feisty frontiersman, capable commander, and savvy statesman in a presidential campaign with the catchphrase “Tippecanoe and Tyler too.” William Henry Harrison was elected ninth President of the United States in 1840. He died shortly after his inauguration in 1841. Harrison’s tomb and monument are located outside the town of North Bend, west of Cincinnati, on a scenic hill overlooking the Ohio River. - Jean Backs, Editor

References Howe, Henry, Howe’s Historical Collection of Ohio, The Laning Printing Company, 1896. Knepper, George W., An Ohio Portrait, Ohio Historical Society, 1976. Millett, Allan R., Caesar and the Conquest of the Northwest Territory, The Second Harrison Campaign-1813, Timeline Magazine, Ohio Historical Society, SeptemberOctober 1997 Roberts, Carl H. and Cummins, Paul R., Ohio Geography, History, Government, Laidlaw Brothers, 1969.

On-line Resources Access Genealogy, Ohio Historical Society, Sandusky County Scrapbook, Touring Ohio,

of Ohio State Parks.

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Caterpillars may be eating machines, but they are also the daily special on nature’s snack bar menu!


n army of herbivores is chewing its way through our woodlands. But the soldiers in this plant-animal battle largely remain unseen. The combatants emerge under cover of darkness to wage war, or otherwise employ all manner of trickery to camouflage themselves. These ploys work: how many caterpillars do you see? The quantity of caterpillars in Ohio’s forests and other habitats is stunning. Their collective biomass – total quantity – far exceeds that of a much larger, more conspicuous plant-eater, the white-tailed deer. That’s saying something when one considers that at least 500,000 deer roam our landscape, each at an average weight of 150 lbs. (adult female). It takes billions of caterpillars to outweigh 37,250 tons of white-tails! Caterpillars are stage two of a moth or butterfly’s four part life cycle: egg, caterpillar, cocoon (moth) or chrysalis (butterfly), and winged adult. For most species, the caterpillar stage is the longest lasting. A caterpillar is essentially an eating machine. Some of the big ones may increase size several hundred fold through their various growth stages. In some moth species, the caterpillar may eat and grow for several months, while its adult form will be lucky to survive a week. Ohio supports an estimated 2,500 species of moths, while less than 140 butterfly species have been found. Thus, moth caterpillars exceed those of butterflies by a staggering margin. While showy day-active butterflies are better known than most moths, one could argue that it is the often drab moths that do the ecological heavy lifting. A caterpillar is a tubular bag of protein. Nearly all of our migratory songbirds, such as warblers, vireos, and tanagers are major consumers. The “cats” are so important to songbirds that our forests would fall silent were caterpillars to vanish. For instance, a red-eyed vireo – one of juvenile red-eyed vireo Ohio’s most common forest birds – consumes thousands of caterpillars during the five months it is in the Buckeye State. As nearly one million red-eyed vireos are thought to breed here, the numbers of caterpillars necessary to fuel them takes on staggering dimensions. Billions of caterpillars are eaten by birds alone. It isn’t just songbirds that pursue caterpillars. Two of their grimmest enemies are flies and wasps. Tachinid (tak-in-id) flies are an enormous group, with an estimated 1,300 North American species, and there are even more braconid (bra-con-id) wasps. These insects are parasitoids, and that’s a lot worse than a parasite. A parasite is an annoyance, such as a mite or tick. Parasitoids typically kill their hosts, and in grisly sci-fi horror flick fashion.

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When a female fly or wasp spots a suitable victim, it lays its eggs on the caterpillar, or inserts them into its tissues. Tiny grubs soon hatch, and begin feeding on the caterpillar’s caterpillar-hunting wasp innards. By the time the parasitoid attacking oakworm larvae have matured, they’ve eaten the caterpillar alive, leaving little more than a hollowed out husk. When braconid wasp grubs burst from the victim, they create little white cylindrical cocoons that bristle from the victim’s body. Gardeners often encounter tobacco hornworm caterpillars on their tomato plants that have been hit by wasps.

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All of these predators are vital to controlling caterpillar populations. One might think of our native plants as the fuel that grows a vast crop of caterpillars – so many that if they went unchecked our woodlands would be defoliated. But in an exquisite balancing act, predators cull the excess, which in turn gives life to myriad species higher up on the food chain. The tiny percentage of caterpillars that successfully run the gauntlet of predators morph into winged adults, reproduce, lay scores of eggs and begin the cycle anew. Caterpillar diversity is amazing, and many species are as showy as exotic coral reef fish. Nearly everything about a caterpillar’s looks is an evolutionary adaption to help it avoid predators. The brightest and most colorful tend to be poisonous, their bodies permeated with toxins uploaded from the plants that they eat. Enemies quickly learn to shun them. Others look like twigs or leaves, and depend upon remarkable camouflage to hide from predators. Some caterpillars


ant to learn more about the amazing relationships between caterpillars and native plants? Check out the Midwest Native Plant Conference in Dayton, Ohio on July 27-29. The featured speaker is Dr. David Wagner, author of Caterpillars of Eastern North America. The conference features numerous other speakers, field trips, and a wealth of native plant vendors. For details, visit:

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NATURALIST CORNER PARK SPOTLIGHT Thanks so much to the author, Jim McCormac, for sharing his photos.

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are heavily armed – they are covered with stinging spines and can deliver a mean punch if mishandled. Turnabout is fair play, and plants have ways of dealing with caterpillars. The botanical crowd defends themselves chemically. Most plants produce compounds that prevent most species of caterpillars from consuming them. But there will always be some “cats” that have evolved the ability to digest even the foulest plant juice. A great example of caterpillar/plant chemical warfare involves milkweed plants. Their gooey white sap is full of nasty cardiac glycosides and highly unpalatable to nearly everything. But a few caterpillars, most notably those of the monarch butterfly, have learned to assimilate milkweed sap and thrive on these plants.

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People are beneficiaries of plant/caterpillar battles. We find scores of uses for the chemicals that plants create to fend off their tubular foes. Many spices and herbs are tasty because of their chemical deterrents. Caffeine? It’s another anti-caterpillar compound developed by plants. Rubber? Now it’s mostly synthesized, but the stuff we all drive on was originally created from a thick latex designed to gum up caterpillar mandibles, courtesy of the rubber plant. While caterpillars are largely out of sight and out of mind, their role in the environment is as enormous as their collective numbers. Were it not for these little bags of goo, and the plants that nourish them, the world as we know it would be dull indeed, minus the brilliant butterflies, cheerful birdsong, and delightful aromas and flavors of summer. - Jim McCormac, Ohio Division of Wildlife

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he gypsy moth caterpillar is a non-native pest that is moving across Ohio, defoliating and killing trees. Fifty-one counties in eastern and central Ohio are already in the quarantine zone, with the transition zone west of U.S. 33. Do your part to help protect our forests. Don’t move firewood - buy it and burn it locally. Before you leave home,

or your campsite, check your camper, car and outdoor gear for hitch-hikers. Call the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Gypsy Moth Hotline at 1-800-282-1955 option 3, or log onto to report gypsy moths & caterpillars, and to get help protecting your property.


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hio’s newest nature preserve is an ancient landscape. The pretty, pastoral landscape may look like a recently retired farm, but its roots are much older and deeper. The Daughmer Prairie Savannah is a remnant of the historic Sandusky Plains from Ohio’s pre-settlement days. Just 75 acres remain from the original 185,000 acre expanse of the Sandusky Plains that once sprawled across Crawford, Marion and Wyandot counties. The bits that are left today exist in a disjointed patchwork of narrow railroad rights of way, historic cemeteries, and modest plots of grazing land. At 35 acres, Daughmer Prairie Savannah comprises the largest uninterrupted plot of the prairie land that survived settlement and development by people, not to mention invasion by trees. Historically, the prairie grasses fended off trees and shrubs with their dense tangle of long, tough roots that crowded the soil. The grasses got help from occasional prairie fires, sparked by lightning strikes or deliberately set by native Americans who valued the natural grazing land for bison and elk. The fires, in turn, spurred the regeneration of grasses and forbs while withering any tree saplings attempting to gain a foothold. One tree species that has always coexisted here has adapted smart strategies for compatibility rather than competition. The bur oak tree (Quercus macrocarpa) grows in clusters on sun-drenched knolls surrounded by the blanket of prairie grasses. Once the bur oak’s super-sized acorn falls to the ground and germinates, it sets out a particularly long taproot that grows quickly, tunneling nearly four feet in the first year. The bur oak tree itself is slow growing and long lived. Its deep,

widespread roots lend drought resistance, and its thick corky bark protects the heartwood from windswept wildfires. In addition to the bur oak savannah, the preserve harbors other plant communities including mesic prairie, wet prairie, sedge meadow, bluejoint swales Bob Klips and a prairie pothole marsh. Dense Bur Oak Acorn stands of classic prairie grasses, like big bluestem and little bluestem, grace the dry prairie, while moisture loving species such as prairie cord grass fill in the wet spots. These unique habitats support state threatened species including Bicknell’s sedge (Carex bicknellii), wheat sedge (Carex atherodes), and flat-stemmed spike-rush (Eleocharis compressa). By early summer, the nodding blossoms of wildflowers including Ohio spiderwort, yellow star grass, prairie loosestrife, marsh pea and Virginia mountain mint, paint the prairie landscapes with splashes of vibrant color.

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The Sandusky Plains and its surroundings remained a wilderness bastion for decades after Ohio achieved statehood in 1803. Some European pioneers thought the sea of prairie grass would be a poor choice for a farmstead, believing that the absence of trees indicated impoverished soil. Those who tried to tame the prairie found that their wooden plows were a poor match for the tightly woven sod. Beyond the prairie, the pioneers were stymied by the stretches of dense virgin woodlands and the expansive swamplands sitting atop the poorly drained soils. Packs of howling wolves and reports of prowling panthers discouraged travelers from venturing far or staying long.

SPOTLIGHT These impediments to settlement were a boon to the Indian lifestyle. The Wyandot, whose villages dotted the Sandusky River nearby, organized their activities around the promise of the rich hunting grounds at the intersection of forest and prairie. Long after demand for their homeland pushed other tribes from eastern Ohio, the Wyandot were left to live peacefully near the western prairie. Eventually, though, the flood of eager immigrants swept into the far corner of Ohio, and advances in agriculture finally tipped the balance. With the introduction of the sturdy steel moldboard plow in 1837, enterprising farmers could break up the stubborn sod. New techniques

for draining the wet meadows and swampy woodlands transformed these forests and plains into broad swaths of fertile farmland. Just a few plots of the original prairie evaded the plow. The White family’s farm had been dedicated to cattle and sheep grazing for generations when Hazel (White) Daughmer inherited the family’s land. The farm was eventually purchased in 2010, thanks to conservation minded tax payers who donated a portion of their Ohio income tax return through the natural areas tax check off. It was designated as Ohio’s 135th state nature preserve, and named in honor of Hazel Daughmer. A ceremony is planned this summer to officially dedicate the preserve as part of Ohio’s natural legacy.

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Flower photos by Jon Cross.

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Want to help preserve a piece of history? Volunteers are needed to help remove invasive plants so Daughmer Prairie Savannah can remain one of the finest prairie savannahs in the U.S. See our website for details.

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on’t forget to use your Ohio State Parks Rewards Card when you register for camping, getaway rentals or select cottages, and earn points for every dollar you spend on rental fees. Shelter house rentals, rounds of golf, and camp store purchases count, too. You can check your point balance on-line at Need a card? You can sign up on-line, or call 1-866-OHIOPARKS (1-866-644-6727).

Be a Friend to Forests


lease don’t move firewood! Tree killing insect pests, like the emerald ash borer, gypsy moth, and Asian longhorned beetle, spread when they hitch a ride in firewood. Buy your campfire wood locally, and burn it all or leave it for the next camper.


Green Tip


ven if you don’t live near a lake, habits at home can affect our waterways. Runoff from lawns, stuff from septic tanks, and suds down the sink all end up in the water. Too much phosphorus from all of these sources can contribute to algae blooms. If you must use lawn or garden fertilizer, choose one without phosphorus and limit application. Keep grass clippings and leaves out of storm sewers. Use phosphate free detergents and cleaning products.

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Seasonal Events 2012 Photo Contest, Quail Hollow (NE) - Deadline Apr. 15. Exhibit Apr. 21-22. (330) 877-1158 or Pioneer Life, Beaver Creek (NE) - 1st Saturday of the month, May thru Oct., 12-4 PM at the Pioneer Village. Marblehead Lighthouse Tours, Marblehead Lighthouse (NW) May 29 - Aug. 31, Mon. thru Fri., 12 -4 PM; Sat. tours on 6/9, 7/14, 8/11, 9/8 & 10/13, 11 AM - 4 PM.; Sun. tours weekly from 6/3 to 8/26, 4-6 PM (419) 734-4424 x2. Purple Martin Nest Checks, Portage Lakes (NE) - Select Sundays (5/27, 6/3, 6/10, 6/17, 6/24), 2 PM. Meet at the State Mill Road North Reservoir launch ramp. (330) 644-1540. Historic Lantern Tours of Ash Cave, Hocking Hills (SE) - Select Thursday evenings May- Sept., 9PM. Meet at the Ash Cave parking lot. (740) 385-6841. Friday Family Fun Night, Cleveland Lakefront (NE) - Fri. nights June thru Aug. Locations vary. (216) 881-8141 x3001 or Adventures in Canoeing, Cleveland Lakefront (NE) - Select Saturdays June thru Aug. at 10AM & Headlands Beach (NE) - Select Sundays June thru Aug. at 1PM. Must pre-register. (216) 881-8141 x3001or Hand-Feeding Hummingbirds, Lake Hope (SE) - July 1- Aug. 31 at the nature center. Call for days & hours. (740) 596-3030. Purple Martin Boat Tours, Portage Lakes (NE) - Aug. 1- 31, nightly at sunset. Reservations required, $20/person fee. (330) 644-1540.

April 2012 Lake Cleanup Day, Grand Lake St. Marys (NW) - Apr. date TBA, 9 AM Noon. Meet at the East Bank, West Bank or Windy Point areas. (419) 394-3611. Amphibian Awareness, Shawnee (SW) - Apr. 1, 12 PM at the campground amphitheater. (740) 858-6652.

Heritage Celebrations

Green Fun

Fun & Fitness

Easter Egg Hunt, Hueston Woods (SW) - Apr. 7, 10 AM. Meet at the lodge. (513) 644-3500 or (513) 524-4250. Easter Egg Hunt, Jackson Lake (SE) - Apr. 7, 4 PM at the amphitheater. (740) 682-6197 Easter Egg Hunt, Lake Hope (SE) - Apr. 7, 1 PM at the nature center. (740) 596-3030 or (740) 596-5253. Trout Derby, Rocky Fork (SW) - Apr. 7, 1-4 PM at the campground boat dock. Plus shooting sports (equipment provided) for kids. (937) 393-4284. Wildflower Extravaganza, Shawnee (SW) - Apr. 7, 12 PM. Meet at the lodge lobby to travel to Whipple State Nature Preserve. (740) 858-6652. Easter Egg Hunt, Sycamore (SW) - Apr. 7, 1 PM. Meet at the Overlook picnic area. (937) 854-4452. Spring Clean Up, Alum Creek (C) - Apr. 14. (740) 548-4631. Clean-Up Day, Lake Alma (SE) - Apr. 14, 10 AM - 12 PM at the Birch Bottom shelter. (740) 596-4938 or (740) 384-3345. Youth Fishing Tournament, Punderson (NE) - Apr. 14, 8 AM - 12 PM at the marina. Pre-registration required. (440) 564-2279. Earth Day Conservation Project, Punderson (NE) - Apr. 14, 1-3:30 PM. Pre-registration required. (440) 564-2279. Celebrating Earth Day, Scioto Trail (SW) - Apr. 14. (740) 887-4818. Volunteer Park Clean-Up, Sycamore (SW) - Apr. 14, 9 AM - 2 PM, at the park office. (513) 523-6347 or (937) 854-4452. Spring Woodcock Walk, Maumee Bay (NW) - Apr. 14, 8 PM. Meet at the nature center. (419) 836-9117. Shoot the Hills: Nature Photo Weekend, Hocking Hills (SE) - Apr. 20-22, at the dining lodge. Must pre-register, fee required. (740) 385-6841 or

Easter Egg Hunt, East Harbor (NW) - Apr. 7, 2 PM in front of the Camp Store (rain location is Lockwood Shelterhouse). (419) 734-4424 ext.2. Easter Egg Hunt, Findley (NE) - Apr. 7, 11 AM at the campground. (440) 647-5749.

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April - May

Earth Day Clean-up, Mosquito Lake (NE) - Apr. 20, 10AM at the park office. (330) 637-2856 Green Up Day, Caesar Creek (SW) - Apr. 21, 9AM - 1PM. Call to register. (513) 897-2437. Habitat for History, Caesar Creek (SW) - Apr. 21-22, at the Pioneer Village. Help volunteers restore historic cabins. (937) 269-7237. Earth Appreciation Day, Cleveland Lakefront (NE) - Apr. 21, various times & locations. (216) 881-8141 x3001or Earth Day, Dillon (SE) - Apr. 21, 10 AM - 4 PM. Park clean-up, wildflower walk, demonstrations & exhibits. (740) 453-4377. Family Fishing Day, East Harbor (NW) - Apr. 21 at the Lockwood shelter pond. Kids fish 10 AM - 2 PM; adults fish after 2 PM. (419) 734-4424 ext.2. Wildflowers & Waterfalls Hike, Hocking Hills (SE) - Apr. 21, 10 AM at the Ash Cave parking lot. (740) 385-6841. Wildflower Hike, Hueston Woods (SW) - Apr. 21, 1 PM. Meet at the nature center. (513) 523-6347. Clean-Up Day, Jackson Lake (SE) - Apr. 21, 10 AM - 12 PM at the large beach shelter house. (740) 682-6197 or (740) 384-3345. Wildflower Walk, Lake Hope (SE) - Apr. 21, 1-3 PM at the Hope Furnace parking lot. (740) 596-3030 or (740) 596-5253. Earth Day Clean-Up, West Branch (NE) - Apr. 21, 9AM at the west boat ramp pavilion. (330) 296-3239. Morel Mushroom & Wildflower Hike, Cowan Lake (SW) - Apr. 22, 1 PM at the campground. (513) 897-2437. Volunteer Work Weekend, Maumee Bay (NW) - Apr. 28, 9 AM - 4 PM. Meet at the campground shelter house. (419) 836-7758. Mohican Wildlife Weekend, Mohican & Malabar Farm (NE) Apr. 27-29. Must register for some programs; most are free. (800) 642-8282 or

May 2012 Traditional Music, Quail Hollow (NE) - May 3 & 17, 6-9 PM at the manor house. (330) 877-6652. Gold Rush Days Campout, East Fork (SW) - May 4-6. (513) 734-4323. Spring Campout, Lake Loramie (NW) - May 4-6. (937) 295-2011. Flora-Quest, Shawnee (SW) - May 4-6. Pre-registration & a fee required. Spring Wildflower Walk, Eagle Creek Nature Preserve (NE) - May 5, 10 AM. (330) 296-3239 or Earth Day Clean-Up, Geneva (NE) - May 5, 9 AM. Meet at the lodge. (440) 466-8400. Fishing Derby, Grand Lake St. Marys (NW) - May 5, 10 AM - 12 PM at the campground boat dock. For kids 12 & under. (419) 394-3611. Spring Campout, Mt. Gilead (C) - May 4-5. (419) 946-1961. Fishing Tournament, Hueston Woods (SW) - May 5, 8 AM - 2 PM at the marina launch ramp. (513) 524-4250. Fish Ohio Free Clinic, Hueston Woods (SW) - May 5, 10 AM - 1 PM. (513) 523-6347. Youth Fishing Tournament, Lake Hope (SE) - May 5, 9-11 AM at the parking lot below the dam. (740) 596-5253. Wildflower Hike, Lake White (SE) - May 5, 10 AM. Meet at the main parking area. (740) 493-2212. Art through Nature, Malabar Farm (NE) - May 5. $10 fee & preregistration required. (419) 892-2784. Youth Fishing Derby, Muskingum River Parkway (SE) - May 5, 9AM 1PM at Zanesville Lock #10 by the Y-Bridge. (740) 453-4377. Wildflower Hike, Pike Lake (SE) - May 5, 2 PM. Meet at the amphitheater. (740) 493-2212.

Wildflower Nature Walks, Goll Woods Nature Preserve (NW) - Apr. 28, 10 AM & 1 PM. (419) 836-9117.

Art, Craft & Herb Fair, Quail Hollow (NE) - May 5-6, Sat. 10 AM - 5 PM, Sun. 11 AM - 5 PM. (330) 877-6652 or

Morel Mushroom & Wildflower Hike, Caesar Creek (SW) - Apr. 28, 1 PM at the campground boat ramp. (513) 897-2437.

Lilac Walk, Kelleys Island (NW) - May 6-13. Self-guided Lilac Trail. (419) 746-2546.

Spring Clean Up, Deer Creek (C) - Apr. 28. (740) 869-3124.

Nest with the Birds, Kelleys Island (NW) - May 10-12. (419) 746-2258 or

Wildlife Barn Dance, Malabar Farm (NE) - Apr. 28, 7-10 PM. (419) 892-2784.

Mother’s Day Campout, Alum Creek (C) - May 11-12. (740) 548-4631.

Warbler Caravan, Shawnee (SW) - Apr. 28, 6:30 AM. Meet at the Lake Roosevelt shelter. (740) 858-6652 or (740) 820-8382.

Northeast Regional Ride, Beaver Creek (NE) - May 12 at the horsemen's camp off Sprucevale Rd.  (330) 227-9952 or

Trout Derby, Shawnee (SW) - Apr. 28 at Turkey Creek Lake. (740) 858-6652.

Build Your Own Bluebird Box, Caesar Creek (SW) - May 12, 1 PM at the nature center. Must pre-register, $15 fee. (513) 897-2437.


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May - June Invasive Plant Pull, Cleveland Lakefront (NE) - May 12, 10 AM - 12 PM at Wildwood. (216) 881-8141 x3001.

Hocking Hills Motorcycle Run, Hocking Hills (SE) - May 19. Meet at the Lake Logan parking lot. (740) 385-6841 or

Queen City Bird Festival, Hueston Woods (SW) - May 12. (513) 524-4250.

The Gathering, Malabar Farm (NE) - May 19, 10 AM - 4 PM at the working farm. Fiber arts demonstrations & vendors. (419) 892-2784.

Spring Clean-Up Day, Indian Lake (NW) - May 12, 9-11:30 AM. Meet at the Oldfield maintenance shop. (937) 843-2717. Migration Bird Walk, Lake Hope (SE) - May 12, 9 AM - 12 PM. Meet at the Hope Furnace. (740) 596-5253 or (740) 596-3030. Mother’s Day Breakfast, Maumee Bay (NW) - May 12, at the campground. (419) 836-8828. Fishing Frenzy, Scioto Trail (SW) - May 12, 9 AM - 12 PM. (740) 887-4818. International Migratory Bird Day, Caesar Creek (SW) - May 12, 8:30 AM - 5 PM at the Corps of Engineers Visitor Center. (513) 897-1050. International Migratory Bird Day, Maumee Bay (NW) - May 12, 8 AM 2 PM at the nature center. (419) 836-9117.

May Night Haunt, Malabar Farm (NE) - May 19, 8 PM - 12 AM. Not recommended for kids under 17. $30 fee & pre-registration required. (419) 892-2784. Memorial Weekend Campout, East Fork (SW) - May 25-28. (513) 734-4323. Memorial Day Weekend, Grand Lake St. Marys (NW) - May 25-28 at the campground. (419) 394-3611. Memorial Weekend, Rocky Fork (SW) - May 25-27. (937) 393-3210. Memorial Weekend Kickoff, East Harbor (NW) - May 26, 7:30-10:30 PM near the nature center. (419) 734-4424 x2. Fishing Derby, Forked Run (SE) - May 26. (740) 378-6206.

Mother’s Day Mini Golf, Paint Creek (SW) - May 12 at the campground. (937) 981-7061.

Memorial Day Celebration, Lake Alma (SE) - May 26 at the campground. (740) 384-3345.

Passport to Fish, Paint Creek (SW) - May 12 at the shelter house. (937) 981-7061.

Spring Barn Dance, Malabar Farm (NE) - May 26, 7-10 PM. Beginners welcome. (419) 892-2784.

Mother’s Day Weekend, Rocky Fork (SW) - May 12 at the campground. (937) 393-3210.

Pioneer Days at the Grist Mill, Mohican (NE) - May 26 -27. (419) 6682497 or

Whippoorwill Hike, Shawnee (SW) - May 12, 8 PM at the park office. (740) 858-6652.

Memorial Day Ceremony, Paint Creek (SW) - May 26 at the shelter house. Honors for military personnel. (937) 981-7061.

Mother’s Special Day, Pike Lake (SW) - May 13. (740) 493-2212.

Memorial Day Remembrance, Pike Lake (SW) - May 26. Flag & honor ceremony for military men & women. (740) 493-2212.

Wildflower Ride, Little Miami (SW) - May 17, 2-4 PM. Meet at the Corwin staging area. (513) 897-2437. “Get the Carp Outta Here” Fishing Derby, Grand Lake St. Marys (NW) May 18-20. (800) 860-4726. Clean Up Day, Lake Milton (NE) - May 19, 9 AM at the maintenance bldg. on Mahoning Ave. (330) 654-4989. Spring Plowing Days, Malabar Farm (NE) - May 19-20, 11 AM - 4 PM. (419) 892-2784. Grassman/Bigfoot Festival, West Branch (NE) - May 18-19 at the campground. (330) 296-3239. Birding Nature Walk, Sheldon’s Marsh Nature Preserve (NW) - May 19, 8 AM. (419) 836-9117. Boating Education Course, Caesar Creek (SW) - May 19, at the Visitor Center. Pre-registration required. (937) 323-1582. Spring Gathering & Rendezvous, Caesar Creek (SW) - May 19-20, at the Pioneer Village. (513) 897-1120.

The Great Fossil Hunt, Caesar Creek (SW) - May 28, 1 - 3 PM. Meet at the Corps of Engineers Visitor Center. (513) 897-1050.

June 2012 Hollywood Returns to Malabar, Malabar Farm (NE) - June 1-3. Celebrity guests, classic films, and memorabilia. (419) 892-2784. Bluegrass Pickin’ Weekend, Dillon (SE) - June 1-2. (740) 453-4377. Pup-A-Palooza, Alum Creek (C) - June 2 at the dog park. (740) 548-4631 or 5K Fun Run/Walk, East Harbor (NW) - June 2. (419) 734-4424 ext.2 or Kids Fishing Derby, Grand Lake St. Marys (NW) - June 2, 10 AM - 1 PM, registration at 8:30. Meet at the Windy Point area. (419) 394-3611. Youth Fishing Day, Lake Milton (NE) - June 2, 10:30 AM - 2 PM at the Meshel picnic area. (330) 654-4989.

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Youth Fishing Derby, Quail Hollow (NE) - June 2, 9 AM - 12 PM at the Shady Lane pond. (330) 877-6652.

Owl Prowl, Beaver Creek (NE) - June 16, 9 PM. Meet at picnic area 3 at the Dogwood trail head. (330) 402-6919.

Morgan County Rendezvous, Burr Oak (SE) - June 2-3 & 6 at the scout camp area. (740) 767-3570.

Fishing Derby, Caesar Creek (SW) - June 16, at the youth fishing pond. Registration at 8 AM, fishing at 9 AM. (513) 897-2437.

Traditional Music, Quail Hollow (NE) - June 7 & 21, 6-9 PM at the manor house. (330) 877-6652.

Webelos Geology Badge, Caesar Creek (SW) - June 16, 10 AM - 12 PM at the Corps of Engineers Visitor Center. Pre-registration required. (513) 897-1050.

Stargazing in the Campground, Cowan Lake (SW) - June 8 at dusk, near the campground boat ramp. (513) 897-2437.

Summer Kickoff Beach Party, Cleveland Lakefront (NE) - June 16, 1-4 PM at Edgewater Beach. (216) 881-8141 x3001or

Civil War Encampment, East Harbor (NW) - June 8-10. (419) 734-4424 x2.

Youth Fishing Derby, Delaware (C) - June 16 at the Marina Pond. Sessions start at 9, 10 & 11 AM (740) 548-4631.

Family Fun Fling, Lake Loramie (NW) - June 8-10 at the campground. (937) 295-2011. Civil War Reenactment, Beaver Creek (NE) - June 9-10. (330) 382-9227 or Stargazing in the Campground, Caesar Creek (SW) - June 9 at dusk, near the campground boat ramp. (513) 897-2437. Adventure Camp for Grown Ups, Caesar Creek (SW) - June 9-10. Hike, bike & canoe along the Little Miami, with one overnight stay. Fee includes meals, equipment rentals & camping. Limited to 25 participants. Must preregister, (513) 897-2437 or Kids Fishing Day, East Fork (SW) - June 9. (513) 734-4323. Youth Fishing Derby, Lake Alma (SE) - June 9, 9-11 AM at the camp office. (740) 384-3345. Safety Day, Mosquito Lake (NE) - June 9, 11 AM - 2 PM at the marina. (330) 637-2075.

Passport to Fishing, Dillon (SE) - June 16, 10 AM at the beach. (740) 453-4377. Young Anglers Fishing Derby, Findley (NE) - June 16, 10 AM – 12 PM at the Picnic Point shelter. (440) 647-5749. Father’s Day Campout, Grand Lake St. Marys (NW) - June 16. (419) 394-3611. Youth Fishing Derby, Jackson Lake (SE) - June 16, 9 AM - 12 PM at the Iron Furnace shelter. (740) 682-6197. June Night Haunt, Malabar Farm (NE) - June 16, 8 PM - 12 AM. Not recommended for kids under 17. $30 fee & pre-registration required. (419) 892-2784. Father’s Day Dinner, Maumee Bay (NW) - June 16 at the campground. (419) 836-8828. Father’s Day Mini Golf, Paint Creek (SW) - June 16. (937) 981-7061.

Christmas in June, Paint Creek (SW) - June 9, at the campground. (937) 981-7061.

Father’s Day Fun, Portage Lakes (NE) - June 16 at Nimisila campground. (330) 644-2220.

Youth Fishing Derby, Sycamore (SW) - June 9, 10 AM - 1 PM. (513) 5236347 or (937) 854-4452.

Father’s Day Weekend, Rocky Fork (SW) - June 16 at the campground. (937) 393-3210.

Arts & Crafts Fair, Hueston Woods (SW) - June 9-10, 10 AM - 5 PM at the Pioneer Farm. $2 for adults; kids are free. (513) 523-6347.

Father’s Special Day, Pike Lake (SW) - June 17. (740) 493-2212.

Marsh Nature Walk, Springville Marsh Nature Preserve (NW) - June 10, 8 AM. (419) 836-9117. Doggy Day, Mosquito Lake (NE) - June 10, 12 - 3 PM at the dog park. (330) 637-2856. Adventure Camp for Kids, Cowan Lake (SW) - June 13-15, 10 AM5 PM daily. Day camp fun includes canoeing, fishing, discovery hikes, animal programs & more. Fee includes meals & materials for all activities. Limited to 25 kids, ages 8-12. Must pre-register, (513) 897-2437 or Father’s Day Campout, Alum Creek (C) - June 15-16. (740) 548-4631. Ol’ Tyme Music Festival, Caesar Creek (SW) - June 15-17 at the Pioneer Village, 5-10 PM Fri.; 10 AM - 10 PM Sat.; 10 AM - 4 PM Sun. (513) 8971120 or Trash to Treasure, Findley (NE) - June 15-17, 3 PM Fri. to 1 PM Sun. $10 fee to sell items. (440) 647-5749.

Father’s Day Fun, Wingfoot Lake (NE) - June 17, at the visitor center. (330) 628-4720. Father’s Day Cruise In, Cowan Lake (SW) - June 16-17 at the campground. (937) 783-2649. Summer Solstice Shadows, Little Miami (SW) - June 20, 6:30 AM. Meet at the Fort Ancient staging area. (513) 897-2437. Canal 16 Hike, Blackhand Gorge Nature Preserve (SE) - June 23, 1 PM. Meet at the main parking lot. (740) 285-0130. Red Hawk Society, Mosquito Lake (NE) - June 23, all day in the campground. (330) 638-5700. Appalachian Music Festival, Pike Lake (SW) - June 23, 1-9 PM at the amphitheater. (740) 493-2212. Sandcastle Demo & Contest, Headlands Beach (NE) - June 24, 1-3 PM. (216) 881-8141 x3001. Cruise-in to Summer, Findley (NE) - June 24. (440) 647-5749.

Lady’s Slipper Open House, Gott Fen Nature Preserve (NE) - June 16, 10 AM. Reservations are required, participation is limited. (330) 296-3239.

Butterfly Count, Shawnee (SW) - June 24, 9:30 AM. Meet at the lodge parking lot. (740) 858-6652.

Assisted Ride, Beaver Creek (NE) - June 16 at the horsemen's camp off Sprucevale Rd. Handicapped mounting ramp, horses and spotters provided for assisted horseback rides. (330) 227-9952 or

4th of July Campout, East Fork (SW) - June 29 - July 1. (513) 734-4323.


Freedom Festival, Grand Lake St. Marys (NW) - June 29- July 1. (419) 394-3611 or

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June - July Buckeye Martinfest, Portage Lakes (NE) - June 30 near the North Reservoir launch ramp. (330) 644-1540.

Hummingbird Banding, Lake Hope (SE) - July 14, 9-11 AM at the Nature Center. Lecture 1-2 PM. (740) 596-3030

Campsite & Bike Decorating, Paint Creek (SW) - June 30- July 2. (937) 981-7061.

Benefit Motorcycle Ride, Lake Alma (SE) - July 14. (740) 384-4474. Music at the Marina, Mosquito Lake (NE) - July 14, 5-9 PM. Free concert by Abby Road. (330) 637-2075 or

July 2012 July 4th Weekend, Grand Lake St. Marys (NW) - July 1-2 at the campground. (419) 394-3611. July 4th Fun, Maumee Bay (NW) - July 4 at the campground. (419) 836-8828. 4th of July Boat Parade, Guilford Lake (NE) - July 4, 2 PM. (330) 222-1712. Fireworks Extravaganza, Hueston Woods (SW) - July 5. (513) 523-6347. Traditional Music, Quail Hollow (NE) - July 5 & 19, 6-9 PM at the manor house. (330) 877-6652. July 4th Weekend, Rocky Fork (SW) - July 6-7 at the campground. (937) 393-3210. Summer Kickoff, East Harbor (NW) - July 7, 7-10 PM. (419) 734-4424 x 2.

Summerfest, Wingfoot Lake (NE) - July 14 at the visitor center. (330) 644-2220. Adopt-A-Trail, Little Miami (SW) - July 19. (513) 897-2437. Christmas in July, East Fork (SW) - July 20-22. (513) 734-4323. Christmas in July, East Harbor (NW) - July 20-21. (419) 734-4424 x 2. Christmas in July, Lake Loramie (NW) - July 20-22. (937) 295-2011. Kite Flyers Weekend, Maumee Bay (NW) - July 20-22 at the beach. (419) 836-8828. Pirate Days, Portage Lakes (NE) - July 20-22. (330) 644-2220 or

Beach Spectacular & Fireworks, Indian Lake (NW) - July 7 at Old Field Beach. (937) 843-2717 or (937) 599-5121.

Dog Days, Rocky Fork (SW) - July 21-22 at the campground. (937) 393-3210.

Reptile & Amphibian Exhibit, Caesar Creek (SW) - July 7, 10 AM - 4 PM at the Corps of Engineers Visitor Center. (513) 897-1050.

Salamander Hunt, Beaver Creek (NE) - July 21, 1-3 PM. Meet at the Picnic Area 3. (330) 402-6919.

Christmas in July, West Branch (NE) - July 20-21. (330) 296-3239.

Hog Roast & Games, Forked Run (SE) - July 7, at the campground. (740) 378-6206. Youth Fishing Derby, Jackson Lake (SE) - July 7, 9 AM - 1 PM at the Iron Furnace shelter. (740) 682-6197. Liberty Barn Dance, Malabar Farm (NE) - July 7, 7-10 PM. Beginners welcome. (419) 892-2784. Fiber Arts Festival, Malabar Farm (NE) - July 7. (419) 892-2784. Lake Erie Beach Treasure Hunt, Maumee Bay (NW) - July 7, 5 PM at the nature center. For kids ages 4-10. $3 fee. (419) 836-9117. Music at the Marina, Mosquito Lake (NE) - July 7, 5-9 PM at the marina. Free concert by Tony Rio & Relentless. (330) 637-2075 or July 4th Weekend, Pike Lake (SW) - July 7 at the campground. (740) 493-2212. Pymatuning Laker 5K Run, Pymatuning (NE) - July 7, 8:30 AM at the Birches Launch Ramp. 5K run/walk & half-mile kids’ run. (440) 293-6030. Kids’ Grape Camp, Geneva (NE) - July 12-13, at the lodge. Reservations required, fee includes meals & a lodge stay. (440) 466-7100. Taste of Country, Mt. Gilead (C) - July 13-14. (419) 946-1961. Beach Nature Walk, Erie Sand Barrens Nature Preserve (NW) - July 14, 10 AM. (419) 836-9117. Butterfly Census, Caesar Creek (SW) - July 14, 10 AM - 12 PM at the Corps of Engineers Visitor Center. (513) 897-1050. Music Festival, Caesar Creek (SW) - July 14-15 at the Pioneer Village, 10 AM - 6 PM Sat.; 10 AM - 4 PM Sun. (513) 897-1120 or

Bazaar in the Park, Deer Creek (C) - July 21. Space is available for a fee. Rain date is July 21. (740) 869-3124. Kids Day, Grand Lake St. Marys (NW) - July 21 at the campground. (419) 394-3611. Zaleski Flint Knap-In, Lake Hope (SE) - July 21, 10 AM - 4 PM at the nature center. (740) 596-5030 or (740) 596-5253. July Night Haunt, Malabar Farm (NE) - July 21, 8 PM - 12 AM. Not recommended for kids under 17. $30 fee & pre-registration required. (419) 892-2784. Christmas in July & Craft Show, Mosquito Lake (NE) - July 21, in the campground, craft show 10 AM - 4 PM. (330) 638-5700. Music at the Marina, Mosquito Lake (NE) - July 21, 5-9 PM. Free concert by B.E.MAN. (330) 637-2075 or

Christmas in July, Cowan Lake (SW) - July 14-15, at the campground. (937) 382-1096.

Railroad Days Rendezvous, Pike Lake (SW) - July 21, 10 AM - 3 PM at the amphitheater. (740) 493-2212.

Sock Hop 50s, 60s & 70s, Hueston Woods (SW) - July 14 at the campground. (513) 523-1060.

Stargazing in the Campground, Cowan Lake (SW) - July 27 at dusk, near the campground boat ramp. (513) 897-2437.

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Lake Festival, Grand Lake St. Marys (NW) - July 27-29. (419) 394-3611 or

Explore the Outdoors, Beaver Creek (NE) - Aug. 11. (330) 424-7781 x2411.

Luau Beach Party, Headlands Beach (NE) - July 27, 6:30 - 9 PM. (216) 881-8141 x3001.

Meteor Shower Campout, Caesar Creek (SW) - Aug. 11, 7-11 PM at the main beach. Register for free camping on the beach. (513) 897-2437.

Christmas in July, Jackson Lake (SE) - July 27-28. (740) 682-6197 or (740) 384-3345. Christmas in July, Maumee Bay (NW) - July 27-29. (419) 836-8828. Stargazing in the Campground, Caesar Creek (SW) - July 28 at dusk, near the campground boat ramp. (513) 897-2437. Christmas in July, Deer Creek (C) - July 28. (740) 869-3124. Music at the Marina, Mosquito Lake (NE) - July 28, 6-9 PM. Free concert by The Fads. (330) 637-2075 or Campers’ Yard Sale, Paint Creek (SW) - July 28. (937) 981-7061. Adams County Prairie Tour, Shawnee (SW) - July 28, 9 AM. Meet at the Shawnee Lodge lobby. Pre-registration & $11.50 fee required. (740) 858-6621.

August 2012 Family Football Weekend, East Harbor (NW) - Aug. 3- 4. (419) 734-4424 x2. Mark Twain Family Fun Day, Blue Rock (SE) - Aug. 4. (740) 453-4377. Street Dance, Delaware (C) - Aug. 4, 7:30 - 10:30 PM at the campground parking lot. (740) 548-4631. Bullthistle Fireworks, Harrison Lake (NW) - Aug. 4, 10 PM. (419) 237-1503. Community Beach Party, Lake Alma (SE) - Aug. 4. (740) 384-4474 or (740) 384-3345. Beach Party, Lake Milton (NE) - Aug. 4. (330) 654-4989. Farm Fun Day, Malabar Farm (NE) - Aug. 4, 10 AM - 12 PM. (419) 892-2784. Summer Barn Dance, Malabar Farm (NE) - Aug. 4, 7-10 PM. Beginners welcome. (419) 892-2784. Music at the Marina, Mosquito Lake (NE) - Aug. 4, 5-9 PM. Free concert by Chance. (330) 637-2075 or Peddlers in the Park, Mt. Gilead (C) - Aug. 4. Vendor space offered for a fee. (419) 768-1327 or (740) 548-4631. Lake Festival, Pymatuning (NE) - Aug. 4-5. Family fun, entertainment & fireworks. (440) 293-5895. Campers’ Yard Sale, Rocky Fork (SW) - Aug. 4. (937) 393-3210.

Hawaiian Luau, Burr Oak (SE) - Aug. 11. (740) 767-3570.

Summer Fun Day, Deer Creek (C) - Aug. 11. (740) 869-3124. Conservation Day, East Harbor (NW) - Aug. 11. (419) 734-4424 x2. Party at the Beach, Indian Lake (NW) - Aug. 11, 12 - 8 PM at Oldfield Beach. Tickets are $10 in advance; $12 at the gate. (937) 843-5392. Music at the Marina, Mosquito Lake (NE) - Aug. 11, 5-8 PM. Free concert by the Island Doctor. (330) 637-2075 or Treasure Craft Show, Mosquito Lake (NE) - Aug. 11, 10 AM at the marina. (330) 637-2075. Huckleberry Finn Fest, Paint Creek (SW) - Aug. 11. (937) 981-7061. Glacial Features Nature Walks, Kelleys Island Nature Preserves (NW) Aug. 18, 10 AM & 2 PM. Meet at the glacial grooves. (419) 836-9117. Car & Motorcycle Show, Alum Creek (C) - Aug. 18, 12 - 5 PM. (740) 548-4631. Native American Gathering, Caesar Creek (SW) - Aug. 18-19 at the Pioneer Village. (513) 897-1120 or Carnival Day, Delaware (C) - Aug. 18. (740) 548-4631. Car/Truck/Motorcycle & Craft Show, Harrison Lake (NW) - Aug. 18, 10 AM - 3 PM. (419) 237-1503. Country Hoe Down Weekend, Mosquito Lake (NE) - Aug. 18, 9 AM 3 PM at the campground. (330) 638-5700. Campers’ Yard Sale, Pike Lake (SW) - Aug. 18. (740) 493-2212. Market in the Park, Deer Creek (C) - Aug 24-25. (740) 837-0265. Governors Cup Regatta, Grand Lake St. Marys (NW) - Aug. 25-26. (419) 394-3611 or Birds of Prey, Caesar Creek (SW) - Aug. 25, 2 PM at the nature center. (513) 897-2437. Perch Jerk Tournament, East Harbor (NW) - Aug. 25. (419) 734-4424 x2 or (419) 277-4353. Summer Family Campout, Headlands Beach (NE) - Aug. 25-26. Llimited to 20 families. Must pre-register. (216) 881-8141ext.3001.

Customer Appreciation Weekend, Hueston Woods (SW) - Aug. 5. Luau in the campground, special rates at the golf course & marina. (513) 523-6347.

August Night Haunt, Malabar Farm (NE) - Aug. 25, 8 PM - 12 AM. Not recommended for kids under 17. $30 fee & pre-registration required. (419) 892-2784.

SATH Car & Bike Show, Rocky Fork (SW) - Aug. 5 at the campground. (937) 393-3210 or

Reptile Day, Quail Hollow (NE) - Aug. 26, 11 AM - 5 PM. (330) 877-6652.

Deals or No Deals, Cowan Lake (SW) - Aug. 10-11, at the campground. (937) 783-2649.

Blue Moon Canoe Excursion, Cowan Lake (SW) - Aug. 31, 7-9 PM. Meet at the campground. Space is limited & pre-registration is required. $15/person. (513) 897-2437.

Meteor Shower Ride, Little Miami (SW) - Aug. 10, 8-9 PM. Meet at the Corwin staging area. (513) 897-2437.

Labor Day Weekend Campout, East Fork (SW) - Aug. 31 - Sept. 3. (513) 734-4323.

Hawaiian Weekend, Maumee Bay (NW) - Aug. 10-12, at the campground. (419) 836-8828.

September 2012

Ye Miskito Pirate Fest, Mosquito Lake (NE) - Aug. 10-12 at the marina. (330) 637-2075.


Beach Party, Cleveland Lakefront (NE) - Sept. 1, 7-9:30 PM at Edgewater. (216) 881-8141 x3001.

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September Labor Day Weekend, Grand Lake St. Marys (NW) - Sept. 1-2 at the campground. (419) 394-3611.

Chili Cook-Off, Rocky Fork (SW) - Sept. 15 at the campground. (937) 393-3210.

Labor Day Fun, East Harbor (NW) - Sept. 1-2. (419) 734-4424 x2.

Fall Family Campout, Cleveland Lakefront (NE) - Sept. 15-16 at Villa Angela. Limited to 20 families. Must pre-register. (216) 881-8141 x3001.

Memorial Games, Lake Alma (SE) - Sept. 1 at the campground. (740) 384-3345.

Paw-Paw Hike, Caesar Creek (SW) - Sept. 16, 2-4 PM. Meet at the nature center . (513) 897-2437.

Labor Day Weekend, Paint Creek (SW) - Sept. 1. (937) 981-7061.

North Coast Walk, East Harbor (NW) - Sept. 16. Diabetes fundraiser. (419) 732-2451.

Labor Day Weekend Special, Pike Lake (SW) - Sept. 1-2. (740) 493-2212. Labor Day Weekend Fun, Portage Lakes (NE) - Sept. 1-2 at Nimisila campground. (330) 644-2220. Labor Day Weekend, Rocky Fork (SW) - Sept. 1-2 at the campground. (937) 393-3210. Monarch Butterfly Festival, Maumee Bay (NW) - Sept. 2, 12 PM at the nature center’s outdoor amphitheater. $3 craft fee. (419) 836-9117. Teen Dance, Mosquito Lake (NE) - Sept. 2, 6:30-8:30 PM at the campground amphitheater. $2 donation. (330) 638-5700. Lighted Boat Parade & Beach Party, Guilford Lake (NE) - Sept. 3. (330) 222-1712. Traditional Music, Quail Hollow (NE) - Sept. 6 & 20, 6-9 PM at the manor house. (330) 877-6652. Oak Openings Nature Walk, Lou Campbell Nature Preserve (NW) - Sept. 8, 10 AM. (419) 836-9117. Webelos Geology Badge, Caesar Creek (SW) - Sept. 8, 10 AM - 12 PM at the Corps of Engineers Visitor Center. Pre-registration is required. (513) 897-1050.

National Public Lands Day & Bioblitz, Caesar Creek (SW) - Sept. 21-22, 4 PM Fri. to 4 PM Sat. Meet at the Corps of Engineers Visitor Center. (513) 897-1050. Harvest Days, Scioto Trail (SW) - Sept. 21-23, at the Caldwell Lake Campground. (740) 887-4818. Wetlands Hike, Tinker’s Creek Nature Preserve (NE) - Sept. 22, 10:30 AM. (330) 296-3239. Feather & Foliage Festival, Kelleys Island (NW) - Sept. 22, 8 AM - 4:30 PM. (419) 746-2258 or Passport to Fishing, Muskingum River Parkway (SE) - Sept. 22, 11 AM at Devola Lock #2. (740) 453-4377. Fall Festival, Delaware (C) - Sept. 28-29, at the campground. (740) 548-4631. Halloween Festival #1, Hueston Woods (SW) - Sept. 28-29. (513) 523-6347. Fall Festival, Indian Lake (NW) - Sept. 28-30. (937) 843-2717 or (937) 843-3553. Halloween Bash, Mosquito Lake (NE) - Sept. 28-29. (330) 637-2856.

Coastweeks Cleanup, Cleveland Lakefront (NE) - Sept. 8, 10 AM - 12 PM at Wildwood. (216) 881-8141 x3001.

Fall Campout, Pymatuning (NE) - Sept. 28-30. Campsite decorating, kids’ activities & boat rides. (440) 293-6684.

Colonial Soldiers Weekend, Mohican (NE) - Sept. 8-9 at the grist mill/ pioneer village. (419) 668-2497 or

Civil War Encampment, Caesar Creek (SW) - Sept. 29-30, 10 AM at the Pioneer Village. (513) 897-1120 or

Adopt-A-Trail Ride, Little Miami (SW) - Sept. 9, 2-4 PM. (513) 897-2437.

Heritage Barn Dance, Malabar Farm (NE) - Sept. 29, 7-10 PM. (419) 892-2784.

Fall Festival & Campout, Lake Loramie (NW) - Sept. 14-16. (937) 295-2011.

Ohio Heritage Days, Malabar Farm (NE) - Sept. 29-30, 10 AM - 4 PM daily. (419) 892-2784.

Mountain Heritage Campout, Tar Hollow (SW) - Sept. 14-16. (740) 887-4818. Owl Prowl, Beaver Creek (NE) - Sept. 15, 8 PM. Meet at picnic area 3 at the Dogwood trail head. (330) 402-6919. Monarch Butterfly Day, Caesar Creek (SW) - Sept. 15, 11 AM - 2 PM at the Corps of Engineers Visitor Center. (513) 897-1050. Car Show, East Fork (SW) - Sept. 15, at the campground. (513) 734-4323.

Festival at the Grist Mill, Mohican (NE) - Sept. 29 at the grist mill/ pioneer village. (419) 668-2497 or Remembering Euclid Beach Park, Cleveland Lakefront (NE) - Sept. 30, 1-5 PM at Euclid Beach. (216) 881-8141 x3001. Park Pal Answers

Hocking Hills Indian Run, Hocking Hills (SE) - Sept. 15. Meet at the dining lodge. 1-800-HOCKING. Pleasure Paddle, Kelleys Island (NW) - Sept. 15, 9AM. Meet at the park’s sandy beach. (419) 746-2258. Wheels & Keels, Lake Milton (NE) - Sept. 15, 12 - 5 PM at the amphitheater. (330) 654-5274 or (330) 654-4989. Coastweeks Cleanup, Maumee Bay (NW) - Sept. 15, 10 AM. (419) 836-9117. Clam Bake, Mosquito Lake (NE) - Sept. 15, 1-5 PM at the marina. Advance tickets required. (330) 637-2075. Sanctioned Disc Golf Tournament, Paint Creek (SW) - Sept. 15 at the campground course. (937) 981-7061. Outdoor Adventure Weekend, Pike Lake (SW) - Sept. 15-16. (740) 493-2212.

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