The Wilderness Center to Host Founder’s Festival

The Wilderness Center is inviting the public to kick off summer with the Founder’s Festival on June 16th.

In a press release officials explain that the Wilderness Center was founded in June of 1964, where the founders were motivated to protect a corner of untouched wilderness and to provide a space where future generations could learn an appreciation for and create a meaningful connection with nature.

The Wilderness Center has since grown and adapted over the subsequent 54 years, but officials note their purpose has remained fixed. “We continue to strive to connect our community with nature — protecting what wilderness remains, restoring parts of our natural world that have been harmed, educating our society about our shared environment, and providing opportunities to reconnect with the landscape in a more visceral and spiritual way than modern living typically allows,” they explain.

Officials add, “we are grateful to those of you who have loved TWC for all or part of these past 54 years. We welcome the many new members who are just discovering this community and beginning to share our passion. With your continued support and engagement, we can ensure that up-and-coming generations will continue to discover this place and join in our shared mission.”

TWC is inviting the public to join them to celebrate another successful year with the 2nd annual Founders’ Festival on Saturday, June 16, from 10:00 – 6:00 where they are expected to offer activities for the whole family.

The day will start with a Mushroom Identification Walk with TWC’s Wild Edibles group at 10:00, followed by a children’s concert “Songs and ‘Tails’ from the Woods” with musician Sam Sapp and naturalist Sarah Matheny at 11:00.

Then TWC naturalists will perform a dip-netting at the pond anytime from 12:30 – 3:00 and explore life below the water’s surface. The Animals of Ohio program at 1:30 or 3:30 will offer information on the diversity of wildlife in the area.

TWC’s newly installed digital planetarium theater will offer a showing of “Fragile Planet: Earth’s Place In the Universe” at 1:00, 3:00, or 4:30, as we journey to the Moon, Mars and beyond the Milky Way to search for habitats that might host extraterrestrial life.

Historical photos and scrapbooks will be on display, and the Native Plant Nursery will be open with native plant sales available. Neighbors and local artists will be offering their wares at a vendors market beneath the old burr oak from 10:00 – 6:00.

The Iron Rail food truck will be on site, offering barbecue and cool treats will be available at the root beer float stand!

Officials say they hope the public will join us in celebrating another passing year and welcoming all the promise of a wonderful summer to come.


Schedule of Events:

10:00 – Wild Edibles: Mushroom Identification Walk

11:00 – “Songs & ‘Tails’ From the Woods” with musician Sam Sapp and naturalist Sarah Matheny

12:30 – 3:00 – Pond Dip-netting

1:00 – “Fragile Planet: Earth’s Place in the Universe” Planetarium Theater Show

1:30 – Amazing Animals

3:00 – “Fragile Planet: Earth’s Place in the Universe” Planetarium Theater Show

3:30 – Amazing Animals

4:30 – “Fragile Planet: Earth’s Place in the Universe” Planetarium Theater Show

10:00 – 6:00 – Vendors Market and Native Plant Nursery

10:00 – 6:00 – Iron Rail food truck / Root Beer Float Stand


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