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Spring Biodiversity Hiking Tour

April 27 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

$10 – $40
An image of a purple wildflower.

The Spring Biodiversity Hiking Tour offers an opportunity to explore the unique geological features and spring flora and fauna of Adams County, Ohio, guided by local naturalist, Eric Davenport.

The tour will showcase two natural areas in Peebles, Ohio, beginning at Davis Memorial State Nature Preserve and ending at Chalet Nivale Nature Preserve. We’ll cover about 5 miles throughout the day at a leisurely pace as we learn how to identify wildflowers with the help of a dichotomous key. This is a wonderful event for beginners to improve their identification skills and discover more about the area.

What makes Adams County the most biodiverse region in Ohio?

Adams County is located in a small, triangular region nestled in southern Ohio, known as the Bluegrass Region, which expands into Kentucky. It is also considered to be on the edge of Appalachia. The landscape features limestone, dolomite, and shale bedrock, with a mix of gentle and steep slopes. This diverse area creates a unique habitat for rare wildlife and plant species, including the Allegheny woodrat, green salamander, blackjack oak, wall rue fern, Canby’s mountain lover or cliff green, wood lily, and American bluehearts.

We will be meeting at the main entrance, but parking will be available at both locations.

Main (north) entrance for the Davis Memorial State Nature Preserve

South entrance for the Davis Memorial State Nature Preserve

  • Participants are asked to bring their own water and packed lunches. In addition, we will have extra water, light refreshments, and recommendations for local eateries available.
  • Remember to pack some rain gear, extra socks, and waterproof boots in case we encounter any shallow creeks.
  • Minor children are permitted on this tour but must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the Arc of Appalachia.


April 27
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
$10 – $40
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