Free Family Kite-Flying Event at Smeck Historical Park

LANCASTER, OHIO, April 21, 2014—The Fairfield County Historical Parks is getting ready to launch its second annual kite flying event on May 3, 2014, at Smeck Historical Farm, 7395 Basil Road, Baltimore, Ohio. The Smeck Farm Kite Fly-Out will run from 11:00am-4:00pm. Families are encouraged to bring kites to fly (string maximum is 50 feet), and children will be able to make their own at a kite-making station. Local DJ Mike O’Riley will be playing family-friendly music for all participants. Other activities will include:

  • Naturalist-led nature hikes. Visitors will be able to take a leisurely stroll through the park’s trails and explore the beauty of the area’s wildlife with an experienced naturalist.
  • Educational exhibits focusing on flight. Wahkeena Nature Preserve will offer ongoing presentations and educational activities on bird flight and migration.
  • Kid-friendly activities. Additional activities will include a disc golf station sponsored by the Lancaster Disc Golf Alliance, blacksmithing demonstrations from Doug Lockhart and the Makers of Hand-Forged Iron, historical games sponsored by the Ohio Glass Museum, and a craft station hosted by Fairfield County Recycling and Litter Prevention.
  • Food from Buzz Inn—Buzz Out and Bob’s Brats and Burgers will also be available.
    This event is free and open to the public. On-site parking is available. For additional information, contact the Historical Park’s office at 740-681-7249 or at

For additional information, contact Kelly Messerly

Phone: 740-681-7249


Wahkeena Nature Preserve Offers Free Educational Programs on Birding

SUGAR GROVE, OHIO March 27, 2014—With spring officially in the air, thousands of migratory birds will be taking flight and passing through Central Ohio. Thousands more will be busy pursuing a mate. For the staff at the Wahkeena Nature Preserve, this can only mean one thing: it’s birding season. Thanks to its rich and diverse landscape, over 100 different species of birds call the Wahkeena Nature Preserve home, or at least a key resting place on their way to points further north.

As part of their 2014 programming season, Wahkeena’s naturalists will offer four birding programs that aim to both help beginners get started and allow experienced birders to practice their skills with local experts. “Birding is a great year-round activity that can be done anywhere, from your armchair looking out of your window to traveling the world to see different species,” notes Robyn Wright-Strauss, assistant naturalist. “You don’t really need a lot of specialized equipment, either. While it’s nice to have binoculars or a field guide to help identify birds, even these items aren’t necessary. Just getting outside and observing the birds that cross your path is fun.”

Wahkeena will offer its introduction to birding: Birding for Beginners at 1:00pm on April 5 and April 19. Participants will learn some tips and techniques to focus on when trying to identify a particular bird. The program will also cover how to use binoculars and field guides and participants are encouraged to bring their own to get individualized attention on getting the most out of these tools.

Birders with more experience, as well as those who are new to birding, are welcome to attend the guided Bird Walks taking place at 8:15am on May 3 and May 10, which feature area birding experts. The May 3 Bird Walk will feature Hocking College instructor Bob Scott Placier, while Paul Knoop, retired director of education at the Aullwood Audubon Center, will lead the May 10 Bird Walk.

All birding programs are free and open to the public and will last approximately 90 minutes. Call the Wahkeena Nature Preserve for more information (800) 297-1883 or visit their Web site at

For additional information, contact Kelly Messerly

Phone: (740) 681-7249 ext. 5