Wild Ohio Weekend, 2023
Feb. 04 2023 - Feb. 05 2023
Ohio History Center 800 East 17th Avenue, Columbus, OH, USA Open in Google Map
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Adult - $16 Senior (60+) - $14 Student (with ID) - $14 Child (4-12) - $10 Child (3 & under) - Free Ohio History Connection member - Free

Included with general museum admission.

Join us for a weekend full of natural history programing and learn more about the plants and animals that call Ohio their home!

Check out the list of activities and programs below! Please note that the time of display tables may be subject to change.

Sat. Feb. 4 

Timed Talk: Orton Geological Museum Fossil Talk (11 a.m.):

The rocks under Columbus have many stories to tell, about the rise and fall of oceans, the drift and crashing of continents, and the animals that called this area home during the Devonian Period, 370 to 400 million years ago.  During this talk Dale Gnidovec, Curator of OSU’s Orton Geological Museum, will tell you some of those stories.

Timed Talk: Ohio Canid Center (1 p.m.):

Join our friends from Ohio Canid Center to learn about one of North America's most fascinating wild animals - wolves! We'll separate fact from fiction and cover some of their family life, diet, habitat and role in the ecosystem - plus, visitors will have the chance to see a live wolf!

Display Table: The Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative (Ongoing):

The Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative is a collaboration of non-profit groups, businesses, state and federal government agencies, and citizens that are participating in or are interested in bird conservation for the state of Ohio. We will have information on how to make your homes better for migratory and resident birds.

Display Table: Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife (Ongoing):

Come learning about some of Ohio’s most popular mammals at the Division of Wildlife Mammal Table with pelts, skulls, and tracks!

Display Table: Ohio Geological Survey (Ongoing):

The Ohio Geological Survey researches the state’s geology and provides information to the public to better understand our natural history and resources. Staff geologists will be on hand with a variety of plant and animal fossils, publications, and activities that help tell that story, including three state symbols: Dunkleosteus terrelli, Isotelus, and flint. Young learners can identify fossils to earn a prize!

Display Table: Orton Geological Museum (Ongoing):

Stop by the Orton Geological Museum, School of Earth Sciences display table to see a sample of the wonderful rocks, minerals, and especially fossils (all real specimens) that can be found in Ohio.

Display Table: Ohio Herb Center (Ongoing):

“Trees as Medicine”, highlighting tree identification and how people have used trees as medicine through the ages.  How have people used trees for healing?  Did you know Willow trees were the source for pain relief before we had aspirin.  We will walk you through the different parts of the tree that were used as well as some examples of the herb, bark, leaf, & flower.  We will have a parts of the tree coloring sheet available as well as an informational handout on some of our favorite trees.  You won’t look at a tree the same as you walk through the woods.

Display Table: Shawnee State Park (Ongoing):

What types of turtles are in Ohio? What are the differences between lizards and salamanders? Are all snakes venomous? Join Shawnee State Park naturalists to learn about Ohio’s reptiles and amphibians and check out a few native animal ambassadors!

Sun. Feb. 5

Timed Talk: COSI's Wild Experience (11 a.m.):

COSI’s Wild Experience will be bringing several animals from its ambassador collection to talk about some truly WILD SCIENCE! Come and meet some of these amazing animals for a hands-on experience.

Timed Talk: Ohio’s Ice Age Geology and Wildlife (Noon):

Join Ohio Geological Survey geologist Tyler Norris for a special talk, titled “Ohio’s Ice Age Geology and Wildlife.” Norris will discuss Cedar Bog Nature Preserve (Champaign County) and the geological forces that shaped the landscape during the Ice Age. Ice Age plants and animals will be discussed as well.

Timed Talk: Ohio School of Falconry (1 p.m.):

Join the Ohio School of Falconry and witness a variety of raptors "up-close and personal" as you learn about birds of prey and their important role in nature.

Display Table: The Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative (Ongoing):

The Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative is a collaboration of non-profit groups, businesses, state and federal government agencies, and citizens that are participating in or are interested in bird conservation for the state of Ohio. We will have information on how to make your homes better for migratory and resident birds.

Display Table: Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife (Ongoing):

Come learning about some of Ohio’s most popular mammals at the Division of Wildlife Mammal Table with pelts, skulls, and tracks!

Display Table: Ohio Geological Survey (Ongoing):

The Ohio Geological Survey researches the state’s geology and provides information to the public to better understand our natural history and resources. Staff geologists will be on hand with a variety of plant and animal fossils, publications, and activities that help tell that story, including three state symbols: Dunkleosteus terrelli, Isotelus, and flint. Young learners can identify fossils to earn a prize!


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