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 7

The Science of Cheese Making

Thursday, March 23, 2023
Guest Instructor: Lindsay Klaunig, Owner, Trouvaille Farm

Experience an in-depth dive to the fascinating process of transforming milk into cheese. Make a batch or two of basic farmer’s style cheese, while learning about the science and history of this amazing food. The rise of vegan cheeses and the complex science behind their creation will be discussed as well.


Thursday, April 13, 2023
Guest Instructor: Brenda Hunda, Ph.D., Curator, Invertebrate Paleontology, Cincinnati Museum Center

Fossils reveal the rich and diverse history of life on Earth, how the Earth operates at small and grand scales, and provides evidence and insight into modern questions of concern, such as biodiversity crises, extinction, and climate change. Join CMC’s Invertebrate Paleontologist while looking at some of the local, rich fossil resources to identify them in the field, understand how ancient communities evolve and change, and what this means for humans today.

Scales, Slime, and Warts: Exploring the World of Herps

Thursday, April 20, 2023
Guest Instructor: Andrew Hoffman, Ph.D., Postdoctoral researcher, School of Environment and Natural Resources, Terrestrial Wildlife Ecology Laboratory

Understanding the lives and perceptions of other animals, especially reptiles and amphibians can help us become better observers and protectors of these amazing animals. Dr. Hoffman will lead us in field excursions to find herps and learn about their life histories, adaptations, and phenology. Explore many different habitats while learning about threats such as diseases and ways to help students and public audiences connect with our slimy and scaley neighbors.