Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Transect Trail Butterfly Walk- Saturday, April 5, 3 - 4:30 p.m. Join The Arboretum's volunteer butterfly monitors as we explore The Arboretum's transect trail as part of the Ohio Lepidopterists Long-Term Butterfly Monitoring project. The secret to a successful transect trail is to traverse as many different habitats as possible, adding to the diversity of butterfly species seen and recorded. $8/$5 members, reservation required, meet at the Visitors Center
Wetland Chronicles: Spring Migration- Saturday, April 12, 8 - 10 a.m. Spring is here and 'tis the season when many birds are winging their way north to breeding grounds. Some of these birds are nesters at the Dutch Fork Wetlands, while others are just stopping to rest and refuel as they continue their migration. Come hike the wetlands and experience all they have to offer! $8/members free, reservation required, meet at the Dutch Fork Wetlands
New Member Day- Saturday, April 12, 10 a.m. - noon. If you are new to our circle of friends or a long-time supporter, this is a great time to come see all of our exciting changes. Join Luke Messinger, Executive Director, for a presentation over coffee and donuts on the current projects and future plans of The Arboretum. Mike Ecker, Director of Horticulture, will delight you with a wagon tour highlighting the garden and collection areas. The wagon will make a stop at the Daweswood House where David Vermilion, Historian, will enlighten everyone with tidbits of Dawes family trivia. Free, reservation required, FOD members only, Visitors Center and Daweswood House
Tree and Shrub Installation and Maintenance- Saturday, April 12, 10 - noon. Back by popular demand! Find out how to avoid some common planting mistakes during this thorough step-by-step instructional workshop. Horticulture Technician Chad Wright demonstrates how to plant a tree or shrub so that it gets a good start in your landscape and continues growing vigorously, $10/members free, reservation required, meet at the Visitors Center.
The grounds are open from dawn to dusk. The Visitors Center is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays and holidays. Call 740-323-2355 or 800-44-DAWES for information or visit www. dawesarb.org.
Nature walk - Denison University, Granville. Join Denison biology professor Tom Schultz on a morning walk through Denison's Bioreserve (1258 North Street) at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 12. Schultz is a nature and bird enthusiast whose interests also lie in animal coloration and signals, the evolution of animal defense mechanisms and the behavioral patterns of insects. The guided nature walk is free and open to the public, and if there are any questions pertaining to the weather on the day of the walk, contact Marlaine Browning at 587-740-6206 or browningm@ denison.edu.
Licking Park District - Licking County. Here are some April events. For more information, call (740) 587-2535.
• April 6: Gee O' Where Did My Cache Go?- Help us kick off geocaching at Lobdell Reserve during an introduction to the rapidly growing hobby. Participants will learn how to get started in geocaching and try their hand at finding the first officialgeocache placed within a Park District facility. Participants should bring a GPS unit with them and be somewhat familiar with their unit. Lobdell Reserve, main parking area. 2 p.m.
• April 8: Homeschool Explorers: Frogs and Toads, Oh My!- Ever wonder what frogs and toads are "saying" when they call to each other? Find out the answer to this question and more when Ohio Nature Education tests your knowledge and teaches you how to understand frog and toad language. Live animal ambassadors will be on hand for participants to meet. William C. Kraner Nature Center. 1 p.m.
• April 12: Morris Woods Field Station Series I: Amphibians- We are excited to offer a unique series of four programs during the spring focusing on Morris Woods State Nature Preserve near Johnstown. Participants will team up with an expert to survey plants and animals that call the preserve home. The first program will focus on the local amphibian population. Fee is $25.00 per program or $80.00 for the entire series. Ages 12 years and older. Registration for this program or the entire series is required by April 5 by calling 587-2535.
Local History Author Showcase - Newark. Newark Public Library is hosting a Local History Author Showcase on April 5 from 1 to 5 p.m. More than 15 authors of books about local history will be signing and selling their books during the event. In addition, each author will speak about his or her book for 10 minutes. Come to the Main Library on April 5, learn about local history and maybe even pick-up a new book for your collection. Call 740.349.5520 or visit the Main Library.
Bluegrass Ensemble - Denison University, Granville. Andy Carlson and Casey Cook will direct the spring Bluegrass Ensemble at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 5, in the Burke Recital Hall (240 West Broadway). Carlson is renowned, both in the local community and in the music community, as a violin musician and teacher in classical and fiddle traditions. Cook is a recording artist and bluegrass guitar instructor at Denison known for his flatpicking style. The concert is free and open to the public.