The Pre-Conference Tours offer something for everyone! You can explore some of Ohio’s unique destinations or engage in educational experiences that will help you add energy and excitement to your 4-H program. We hope you’ll join us on one of these great tours while enjoying NAE4-HA in Ohio.
Pre-Conference Tours – Saturday October 6
Hocking Hills – Located in northing Hocking County at the edge of the Hocking Hills Region, Boch Hollow provides an excellent opportunity to see a wide diversity of habitats ranging from riparian corridors, mature wooded hills, ridges, and old field remnants. Unique among Ohio’s preserves is the mission of Boch Hollow to serve as an educational site for hands-on environmental education of Appalachian Ohio ecology. Staff will gear education towards interest of the participants. Participants will get the chance to explore some of the nearly 7 miles of hiking trails. The next stop of this tour will be at the Bishop Educational Gardens, a 36 acre parcel of land used for outdoor education by the Hocking Soil & Water Conservation District. Educational programs at this location include tree identification, Garden Workshop, Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist classes, Rain Barrel Workshops, Home school programs, adult hikes, and more. http://naturepreserves.ohiodnr.gov/bochhollow https://www.hockingswcd.com/bishop-educational-gardens.html. Cost for this tour is $50/person, which includes lunch.
The Wilds – The Wilds is a private, non-profit conservation center location on nearly 10,000 acres of reclaimed mine land in rural southeastern Ohio. It was created as a conservation center of the future by a group of civic leaders, political leaders, and zoo professionals who believed that a serious scientific approach was required to find solutions to environmental concerns. The mission of The Wilds is to lead and inspire by connecting people and wildlife. Enjoy a safari like tour of The Wilds where you will see over two dozen different wild animal species including the dhole, cheetah, and African painted dog while visiting the carnivore facility, and the greater one-horned Asian rhino, grevy’s zebra, Persian onager, and giraffe all while traversing the multiple pastures. https://thewilds.columbuszoo.org/. Cost for this tour is $40/person, participants will purchase lunch on their own at The Wilds.