The Mohican Wildlife Weekend is a multi-venue, family-friendly event in the Loudonville – Ashland -Mansfield area offering visitors a chance to celebrate Spring, nature and Ohio’s native creatures on Friday, April 24, Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26. Most activities are free.
Mohican Wildlife Weekend Offering dozens of fun and educational activities spotlighting wildlife habitats, heritage and natural history, the 14th annual Mohican Wildlife Weekend (sponsored by Gander Mountain) has something for al ages that is sure to please.
Venues for the wide variety of activities this year are Mohican State Park and Resort, Malabar Farm State Park, Gorman Nature Center, Ohio Bird Sanctuary, Mohican Outdoor School, Pleasant Hill Lake Park, Byers Woods and the Wolf Creek Grist Mill.
This year’s theme is “Face Your Wildest Fears” and several of the activities revolve around that theme.
Keynote speaker for the event is Merrill Tawse (a local professor and bat expert) who will be speaking about the wonderful world of bats on Friday evening at 7 p.m. at the Ohio Bird Sanctuary.
Weekend activities include fly fishing demonstrations (at Mohican State Park), photographing birds of prey, children’s crafts, hands-on animal exhibits, nature walks & hikes, Geocatching, a Birds of Prey show,various nature talks, bug eating, campfire songs and storytelling and birding boat tours of the Clear Fork Reservoir (at the Ohio Bird Sanctuary). You will need to purchase a ticket ($10) for the birding boat tours. Seating is limited to 9 people per boat. Also at the Ohio Bird Sanctuary, visitors can learn about falcons and falconry (Sunday at 1 p.m.).
At Wolf Creek Grist Mill visitors can tour a 1831 operating grist mill and log cabins from the early 1800’s and get a glimpse of Ohio pioneer life. Also at Wolf Creek Grist mill be sure not to miss the special program being offered by the Columbus Zoo entitled “The Animals that Travel with Jack Hanna” where you can get up close and personal to a variety of birds, reptiles and amphibians. And be sure to take part in a Nature Oriented Scavenger Hunt. There is a charge for activities at the Wolf Creek Grist Mill. Admission on Saturday is $3 for adults (21+) and $1 for ages 10-20. Children under 10 are free. Admission on Sunday is $1 for everyone 10 and above.
Activities on Saturday, April 25 at Malabar Farm State Park include a 5K Walk/Waddle/Run and a Night Haunt (an additional charge) and a free evening barn dance being held from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. in the Farm’s main barn.
Here are the addresses for the various venues participating in the Mohican Wildlife Weekend. Mohican Outdoor School is located 5370 Bunker Hill Rd. N. in Bunker, Ohio. Gorman Nature Center is located at 2295 Lexington Ave. in Lexington, Ohio. Mohican State Park & Resort is located at Routes 3 & 97 in Loudonville, Ohio. Pleasant Hill Lake Park is located at 3431 Ohio 95 in Perrysville, Ohio. Malabar Farm State Park is located at 4050 Bromfield Rd. in Lucas, Ohio. Byers Woods is located at 675 County Road 1754 in Ashland, Ohio and Wolf Creek Grist Mill is located at State Route 3 South in Loudonville, Ohio.
For more information about the Mohican Wildlife Weekend, call 800-642-8282 or get online at www.mohicanwildlifeweekend.com.
It is approximately a 90 minute drive from Cleveland to the various venues.