Wayne National Forest (WNF) – Summer Environmental Education Programs Scheduled
NELSONVILLE, Ohio (June 26, 2018) – The Wayne National Forest is offering three new Wild Weekend Discovery Series programs this summer for children ages preschool to 5th grade. Unless noted, the programs will be held in Athens County at the Wayne National Forest Headquarters & Athens Ranger Station, located off US Hwy 33 between Nelsonville and The Plains.
Programs are planned as follows:
- Saturday, July 7, 2018 – BIRDING ON THE WAYNE NATIONAL FOREST: A kid-friendly birdwatching hike on the beautiful Ora E. Anderson Nature Trail. Binoculars and small bird guides will be provided. This event will be held at the Ora E. Anderson Nature Trail near Carbon Hill.
- Saturday, August 4, 2018 – RESTORING WILDLIFE HABITAT: Kids will paint bird houses made from recycled coffee tins to take home and hang in their yards.
- Saturday, September 1, 2018 – A WINDOW INTO THE PAST: Kids will meet a Forest Service Archaeologist and learn how to explore the past by digging in a sandbox for small keepsakes.
These fun sessions are free and scheduled for one hour from 10-11 a.m. Space is limited to 20 children, so please pre-register by calling today at (740) 753-0542.
The U.S. Forest Service is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a mission of sustaining the health, diversity and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The Forest Service’s Eastern Region includes twenty states in the Midwest and East, stretching from Maine, to Maryland, to Missouri, to Minnesota. There are 17 national forests and one national tallgrass prairie in the Eastern Region. For more information, visit www.fs.usda.gov/R9.
The U.S. Forest Service manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Public lands the Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 20 percent of the nation’s clean water supply, a value estimated at $7.2 billion per year. The agency has either a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 80 percent of the 850 million forested acres within the U.S., of which 100 million acres are urban forests where most Americans live. For more information, visit www.fs.usda.gov/.