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  • World Snake Day

    Jul 16, 2024 11:00AM

    The Wilderness Center 9877 Alabama Ave SW Wilmot, OH 44689

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    Celebrate World Snake Day at TWC by learning about Zea, our corn snake animal ambassador!

  • Firefly Festival

    Jul 20, 2024 4:00PM—9:00PM

    The Wilderness Center 9877 Alabama Ave SW Wilmot, OH 44689

    Join The Wilderness Center for a new, family-friendly evening summer event to celebrate our shining friends, fireflies! Explore the magical world of fireflies and other nightly creatures, combining education, hands-on activities, and flashes of fun! 🎵 Enjoy Stories and Campfire Songs with TWC’s Education Team, and Make & Take Crafts, while supplies last. ✨ Catch…

  • Animal Keeper for a Day

    Jul 24, 2024 10:30AM—12:00PM

    The Wilderness Center 9877 Alabama Ave SW Wilmot, OH 44689

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    Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be an animal keeper? This program offers the experience of caring for our ambassador reptiles! Participants will learn about our Eastern box turtles and corn snake and will be trained how to safely handle them. Activities will include animal care and husbandry tasks such as diet preparation…

  • Planetarium Show: Tonight’s Sky

    Jul 27, 2024 11:00AM—12:00PM

    Astronomy Education Building at TWC 9877 Alabama Ave SW Wilmot, OH 44689

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    Take a tour of the summer night sky with Robin, our Astronomy Education Specialist. Learn what constellations and bright stars are in the night sky this time of year and what planets we can see. Experience some of the incredible deep sky objects this sky has to offer including galaxies, star clusters, and more. And…

  • Backyard Habitat Initiative Speaker: Chelsea Gottfried, Mysterious Moths

    Jul 27, 2024 8:00PM—10:30PM

    The Wilderness Center 9877 Alabama Ave SW Wilmot, OH 44689

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    Though seldom seen due to their nocturnal nature, moths are every bit as beautiful and charismatic as their butterfly cousins. Their role as pollinators is essential to the survival of many of our plants, especially orchids. Most importantly, moths and their caterpillars are food for birds, bats, and countless other animals. We will take a…

Current & Upcoming

Backyard Habitat Initiative Speaker: Lisa Rainsong, Gardening for a Concert

Jul 10, 2024 6:00PM—7:00PM

The Wilderness Center 9877 Alabama Ave SW Wilmot, OH 44689

Gardening for a Concert: Creating Concert Halls for Nature’s Music from Parks to Your Backyard From bird songs in the spring and summer to an evening chorus of crickets and katydids in later summer into fall, we can invite and welcome nature’s chorus into our yards and gardens. A large park may have a full-sized…

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Backyard Habitat Speaker: Judy Semroc, Dragons, Damsels & Hummers- Learning, Loving, Luring

Jun 19, 2024 5:00PM—6:00PM

The Wilderness Center 9877 Alabama Ave SW Wilmot, OH 44689

The beauty and unique behaviors of dragonflies, damselflies & hummingbirds are incredibly interesting and useful, especially in the home garden habitat. Join in on this program to learn more about these charming and helpful creatures including their natural history and ideas for how to attract them to your yards & gardens.

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Native Plant Sale Programming

May 04, 2024 10:00AM—3:00PM

The Wilderness Center 9877 Alabama Ave SW Wilmot, OH 44689

We will have speakers throughout the day with topics about pollinators, gardening, and salamanders for Salamander Day. 10:00 AM-11:00 AM: Dawn to Darkness: A Pollinator Palooza! ~ Presented by TWC’s Director of Education, Mike Hensley Celebrate the remarkable relationship between native plants and pollinators throughout Ohio. We will explore how backyard habitats and native plants…

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Native Plant Month Speaker Series: Seed Banking for Restoration – How to get Involved in Northeast Ohio’s Seed Banking Movement.

Apr 04, 2024 6:00PM—7:00PM

The Wilderness Center 9877 Alabama Ave SW Wilmot, OH 44689

Kimberly Lessman: “Seed Banking for Restoration: How to Get Involved in Northeast Ohio’s Seed Banking Movement” Holden Forests & Gardens is teaming up with partners in our region to collect, store, and redistribute native seeds of local ecotype to support restoration projects in Northeast Ohio and beyond. Learn the basics of collecting native seeds and…

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TWC Readers Book Chat

Mar 02, 2024 2:00PM—3:30PM

The Wilderness Center 9877 Alabama Ave SW Wilmot, OH 44689

Seed to Dust: A Gardener's Story of Life, Nature, and a Country Garden by Marc Hamer. The author reflects on the cycles of the seasons and of life as he tends a Welsh garden that has been in his care for more than 20 years.

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Preparing And Planting Your New Native Plant Garden!

May 13, 2023 1:00PM

  Congratulations on learning about and understanding the incredible value of adding native plants to your landscape! Now what? How do you prep the site? What types of plants work best for your location? Can a native plant garden be aesthetically pleasing to your naysaying neighbors? Join us to learn how to plan, design, and…

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Pollinator Pathways and The Green Corridor: Improving Biodiversity on Protected Land in our own Yard

May 13, 2023 11:30AM

The Wilderness Center 9877 Alabama Ave Wilmot, OH 44689

  Virtual presentation by Mary Ellen LeMay, Aspetuck Land Trust, Connecticut With more than 16 states in various stages of launching Pollinator Pathways, this landowner outreach strategy has taken the region by storm in only 6 years. By planting natives, avoiding pesticides, and reducing lawn, this very scalable initiative has the potential to create healthy,…

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Earth Day Adventures

Apr 22, 2023 2:00PM—3:30PM

The Wilderness Center 9877 Alabama Ave Wilmot, OH 44689

Celebrate Earth Day in this family-friendly program full of fun activities. Learn about water quality by performing a bio-survey at the pond and see how plants act to filter runoff. And you won’t leave empty-handed! You’ll make plantable seed paper and a portable compost to take home with you. For families/groups with children of all…

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The Wilderness Center Native Plant Sale

Mar 15, 2023 9:00AM—May 14, 2023 4:00PM

Place your Native Plant order online and pick up at The Wilderness Center on May 5, 6, 12, or 13 between 10 am and 4 pm.

The Wilderness Center’s Native Plant Sale features Ohio native plants. The plants that dominate home landscapes are very pretty but provide no benefits to local wildlife. In contrast, native plants are not only beautiful, but also support local wildlife. This year’s plant selection has grown to include recognized native plant cultivars for our region that provide…

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Past | Archive

Environmental Investigators: Pond Critters

Jul 13, 2024 1:00PM—2:00PM

The Wilderness Center 9877 Alabama Ave SW Wilmot, OH 44689

Saturday Creature Feature!

Jul 13, 2024 12:30PM

The Wilderness Center 9877 Alabama Ave Wilmot, OH 44689

Native Plant Pop Up Sale

Jul 13, 2024 11:00AM—4:00PM

Wilderness Center Woodcarvers Club Meeting

Jul 13, 2024 9:30AM

The Wilderness Center 9877 Alabama Ave. SW Wilmot, OH 44689

Haiku Hike

Jul 12, 2024 11:00AM

The Wilderness Center 9877 Alabama Ave SW Wilmot, OH 44689

Native Plant Pop Up Sale

Jul 12, 2024 11:00AM—4:00PM