SOUTH BLOOMINGVILLE — While hiking through the Hocking Hills, it might seem like you’ve stepped into an unfamiliar world. This is largely due to the role of hemlock trees in the ecosystem.

On Aug. 9th from 2 – 9:30 p.m. folks can travel into the hemlock forests. This program will consist of an afternoon session, where participants immerse themselves in the hemlocks to learn about a range of topics including geology of the Hocking Hills, wildlife and stream ecology, and what natural resource professionals are doing to combat hemlock woolly adelgid, an invasive insect species.

After dinner, participants will become nocturnal creatures during an interactive presentation from Kevin Dodge from Garrett College in McHenry, Maryland. After learning and becoming familiar with the night sounds of Appalachian forests, there will be a short night hike to listen and learn.

This event will take place at Camp Oty’Okwa in South Bloomingville, near the Hocking Hills State Park. A small registration fee entitles participants to dinner and program materials.

Spots are limited so be sure to RSVP quickly but no later than Aug. 5th. Register by mailing a registration form, calling 740-596-5212 (OSU Extension Vinton County) or emailing Dave at For more information about this program including a map with directions visit:

The first half of this event will include a short hike with moderate elevation changes but low difficulty.

“A Day in the Woods” and the “2nd Friday Series” are sponsored by the Education and Demonstration Subcommittee of the Vinton Furnace State Forest with support from Ohio State University Extension, ODNR-Divisions of Forestry and Wildlife, USDA-Forest Service (Northern Research Station, State and Private Forestry and the Wayne NF), USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, Ohio Department of Agriculture, Vinton-Hocking-Athens Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Central State University Extension, the National Wild Turkey Federation, Pixelle Specialty Solutions, Ohio Tree Farm Committee, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Hocking College, the Ruffed Grouse Society, and Ohio’s SFI Implementation Committee.

Since 2012, “A Day in the Woods” has offered more than 60 programs with more than 100 presenters for woodland owners and enthusiasts just like you. For brochures and more details about our full slate of programs for 2019, visit Be sure to mark your calendar so you do not miss any of these opportunities to spend “A Day in the Woods”:

• Hemlock Ecosystems and Night Sounds, Aug. 9, Camp Oty’Okwa and Hocking State Forest

• Timber Harvesting-Things to Consider, Sept. 13, Zaleski State Forest-ODNR Complex

• Family Day in the Woods, Saturday, Sept. 14, Vinton Furnace State Forest

• Woodland and Wildlife Research, Oct. 11, Vinton Furnace State Forest

• Winter Tree Identification, Nov. 8, Zaleski State Forest-ODNR Complex

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