Immerse yourself in hands-on, field based, inquiry learning at the 20,000-acre Edge of Appalachia Preserve System!
Sponsored by the Cincinnati Museum Center, the Educators at the Edge program will provide participants with new, experiential learning opportunities. Explore topics focused on natural history and gain new skills to be used in the classroom. These exciting classes are open to classroom teachers, naturalists, and other non-traditional educators. Graduate credit through Ashland University is available as well as up to 45 contact hours.
The Richard and Lucile Durrell Edge of Appalachia Preserve System is a 20,000-acre nature preserve located in beautiful Adams County, Ohio. The preserve is owned and managed by Cincinnati Museum Center and The Nature Conservancy in Ohio. Both of these private non-profit organizations have been working in partnership to conserve the rare and unusual flora and fauna of Adams County since 1959.
Thursday, November 12, 2020
Guest Instructor – Joe Brehm, Environmental Education Director, Rural Action
Join us for an exciting day of learning about the tracks and signs of Ohio mammals with track expert, Joe Brehm. This workshop will give you the tools to distinguish wild and domestic dog species, bobcat, otter, mink, skunk and other local animals. Indoor prep and outdoor practice identifying tracks will help you hone your skills. Later, apply your knowledge while engaging in activities geared towards assessing what you know and things to do with your students. Recommended field guide: Mammal Tracks and Sign by Mark Elbroch.
Register by November 5, 2020
Thursday, November 19, 2020
Guest Instructors – Bill Wickerham, Wildlife Specialist/District Manager and Richard Purdin, Conservation Technician, Adams County Soil and Water Conservation District
Healthy soils are crucial for feeding the world yet most of us know very little about what is underneath our feet. Get your hands dirty while learning about soil, its horizons, properties and features. Understand what it takes to keep soil healthy, and discover how the history of soil conservation has changed over time. Finally, explore a working farm which employs a variety of conservation practices including rotational grazing.
Register by November 12, 2020
Thursday, March 4, 2021
Guest Instructors – Ann Wegman, Animal Program Coordinator, Cincinnati Museum Center and Katrina Schultes, Forest Wildlife Biologist, Wayne National Forest
Consumers of insects, pollinators of plants, dispersers of seeds and the only mammal that can fly! Who is it? Bats of course! Bats have many interesting adaptations and fill a wide variety of ecological niches making them captivating animals to learn about. This workshop will be filled with great information, plenty of field time, hands on activities, and participants will get to meet a live education bat. In addition, Katrina Schultes, one of the best bat experts in Ohio, will fill us in on all the latest bat related science news. In the field, she will also help us identify habitats and foraging areas used by Ohio bats.
Register by February 25, 2021
Thursday, March 11, 2021
Guest Instructor: Chris Bedel, Preserve Director, Edge of Appalachia Preserve System, Cincinnati Museum Center
Freshwater mussels are one of the most imperiled groups of animals on our planet. They have complex and fascinating life histories and are important indicators of water quality. They have even played major roles throughout history in the fashion industry. Ohio Brush Creek has been home to over 40 different species of mussels making it a prime place to study these amazing animals. This workshop will focus on the life cycle of freshwater mussels and include a field trip to Ohio Brush Creek to view mussel shells and practice ID skills learned in the classroom. Participants will also learn about current threats to the remaining species of mussels through hands-on activities.
Register by March 4, 2021
Mail the registration form and check payable to Cincinnati Museum Center to:
Robyn Wright-Strauss, Chief Naturalist
Edge of Appalachia Preserve
4274 Waggoner Riffle Road
West Union, OH 45693
NOTE: Please do not mail, call or drop off registrations to Cincinnati Museum Center's Union Terminal location, as this will delay your registration's arrival to the preserve.
For more information, contact Chief Naturalist Robyn Wright-Strauss at or g(937) 544-2880, ext. 14.