Dawes Arboretum – Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
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.
Licking County Library Geek Scavenger Hunt – Buckeye Lake and Hebron. All Licking County Library locations are part of the Community Scavenger Hunt for the Geek Campaign that started January 8 and runs through Friday, February 8. Booklets are available at all libraries, listing participating locations throughout Licking County. For every three locations you visit and fill in the information in your booklet, you will be entered into a drawing. All locations will have an individual drawing and the winner will receive $50 of material for what they Geek for themselves and that Licking County Library location will get the same items and add to their collection.
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 Expo 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.
Yoga Classes – Newark. Yoga Instructor, Lenise Alexander, will offer Yoga classes in Meeting Room A of the Newark Library, 101 West Main Street on January 21 and Janurary 28, 2012 from 7. to 8 p.m. The classes will be free and open to the public. Registration is encouraged for those who wish to participate. For more information or to register, contact the library at 740.349.5553.
Girl Scout Day at The Works – Newark. The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology invites all Girl Scouts to enjoy an afternoon of special themed workshops on Monday, January 21. Scouts may participate in Daisy Recycling, Brownie Household Elf, or Junior Get Moving Journey workshops to earn various patch requirements. Admission to The Works museum is also included in addition to all workshop supplies and instruction. Pricing and times vary based on workshop. Troop leaders must pre-register scout groups by contacting Rori Leath at 740-349-9277 or email@example.com. The Works is also open to the public on Monday, January 21 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.