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 provides 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.

Series 6
Ohio Bats

Thursday, March 17, 2022
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.


Spring Wildflowers

Thursday April 21, 2022

Experience the rush of spring bursting to life in this exciting hands-on workshop. Learn how to identify our common spring wildflowers, find out who pollinates them, and how their seeds are transported through the forest. Investigate the effects of non-native invasive species and discover some great citizen science projects that teachers and students can participate in. Plenty of hands-on activities and field time will satisfy the need for fresh air and nature after a long winter.


Soil Health and Conservation in Agriculture

Thursday, May 5, 2022
Guest Instructors: Bill Wickerham, Wildlife Specialist/District Manager Adams County Soil and Water Conservation District and Richard Purdin, Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources/Community Development, OSU Extension

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.