Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Wildlife Conservation - Tuesday, January 8, from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Become a zoologist or conservation officer for the day. Discover why natural resources and endangered species are important to the wildlife you study. Session is for ages six to eleven. Cub Scouts who participate will complete requirements for the Wildlife Conservation Belt Loop and Academics Pin. Discovery Center - $5 per student, reservations required.
Storybook Science-How to Hide a Meadow Frog - Thursday, January 10, 10 a.m and 1p.m. Explore quality children’s literature in a natural setting. Each 45-minute session includes songs, games, crafts, creative movement, outdoor exploration and hands-on science suitable for ages 3 to 5 and their special care- giver. Discovery Center - Free, donations welcome.
Home School Investigations- Super Scales-Reptiles - Tuesday, January 15, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Join other home school students in exploration of our natural world. Each 90-minute session includes a hands-on science study correlated with the Ohio Academic Content Standards for Science. Sessions are for ages six to ten. Discovery Center - $5 per student, registration required.
Grafting the Right Way - 8:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, January 26, Zand Education Center - $40/$30 members, reservations required. The Arboretum’s propagator instructs students on the art and science of grafting to ensure future success in reproducing their own plants. Rootstock and scion wood provided, though attendees may bring their own scion wood as well. All participants take their own grafted material with them to nurture at home. 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. For more information visit www.dawes arb.org
Granville Winter Farmers Market - Granville. The Granville Farmers Market, a favorite summer event, continues again this year every Saturday (except Dec. 29) with the Winter Farmers Market! Every Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to noon, the Winter Farmers Market takes place at the Granville Elementary School. Enter from the Sunrise Street entrance and park in the school parking lot.
Chip’s Tips for Better Outdoor and Wildlife Photography - William C. Kraner Nature Center, Newark. Presented by outdoors writer, author, and professional photographer W. H. “Chip” Gross, this one-hour presentation at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 12, will not only show you the basics of taking great outdoor photos, but will also reveal a few secrets about the world of wildlife photography. $5 per person.
Beginning Birdwatching - William C. Kraner Nature Center, Newark. Start off the New Year with a new hobby. We’ll discuss identification tips for common backyard birds, field guides, optics and where to go from 1- 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 14. $5 per person including handouts.
13th Annual Ohio Farmland Preservation Summit - OSU, Columbus. The summit is designed to help interested parties learn various techniques, tools and methods to preserve farmland. The focus this year is to provide different ideas on enterprises and marketing strategies that can be used to generate income as a way to preserve farmland. The program runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 17, at OSU’s Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, just across from the Schottenstein Center. Registration is $50 and includes continental breakfast and lunch. Deadline to register is Jan. 10. For more details and online registration visit http://go.osu.edu/ farmlandsummit2013.
The Great Vacations Travel EXPO - Columbus. The Ex[p opens Friday, January 18 and runs through Sunday, January 20, at Franklin County Veterans Memorial in Downtown Columbus. EXPO hours are Friday 12 p.m. - 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tickets are available at the door or at any AAA Ohio Auto Club store for $9. AAA members who show their AAA card will save $3 on admission. Children ages 16 and under are admitted at no charge. For additional event details or to purchase tickets in advance, visit www.AAAGreatVacations.com.
Hocking Hills’ Winter Hike - Logan. January 19 is the date for 2013 Annual Winter Hike, which traditionally has offered stunning scenery, as waterfalls freeze to offer unique gorgeous frozen sculptures that highlight the area’s magnificent rock formations. The six-mile trek from Old Man’s Cave to Ash Cave draws more than 6,000 hikers each year to experience southeast Ohio’s most spectacular scenery. The hike features continuous starts from 9-11 a.m. Steaming hot bean soup is served midway at Cedar Falls (donations accepted) and a shuttle bus returns hikers from Ash Cave to the parking lot at Old Man’s Cave. Hikers are advised to wear layered clothing and good traction footwear, as snow and ice can make the trail slippery. They’re also encouraged to bring a camera to record the region’s winter beauty.