Headwaters Outdoor Education Center

Headwaters Outdoor Education Center "Free as all outdoors!" The Headwaters Outdoor Education Center (HOEC) is a 150-acre education center operated under the direction of the Morrow Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) in cooperation with volunteers known as the HOEC Committee.
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Operating as usual

We would like to welcome our new friends to Headwaters! These Eastern Box Turtles were surrendered to ODNR Division of W...
10/19/2020

We would like to welcome our new friends to Headwaters! These Eastern Box Turtles were surrendered to ODNR Division of Wildlife and will now be part of our educational programs at HOEC. The darker one is female and the one with orange is male. We are very excited to have these turtles. Drop your name suggestions for these two below!

10/09/2020

Update 10/9/21:
Due to resent COVID health risks/concerns in Mt Gilead, we have unfortunately decided to cancel our Astronomy "Pumpkins and Planets" event. Sorry for any inconvenience! We do not have plans to reschedule at this time but will hold a similar program Fall 2021! Our next event will be Sunday, November 8th which is our annual Make-It Take-It program where any age can come to make Holiday crafts! We hope to see everyone there!

In lieu Wee Discover this fall, HOEC will be hosting a "Wee Explorer" program. Kids will be able to experience all thing...
09/01/2020

In lieu Wee Discover this fall, HOEC will be hosting a "Wee Explorer" program. Kids will be able to experience all things nature with hands on activities. There will only be 4 sessions of Wee Explorer and the dates and times are:
September 24th 10:15am
October 1st 12:45pm
October 8th 10:15am
October 15th 12:45pm

Kids may only be registered for ONE session, and each session has a limit of participants allowed. Call the Morrow Soil & Water Conservation to register 419-946-7923.

08/21/2020

A key ring was found in our parking area at Headwaters. If you lost keys please call the Soil & Water Conservation Office at 419-946-7923. You must be able to identify the key ring to receive the keys.

We had a wonderful time Sunday afternoon at our "In Flight" Program, where we learned about all things above. Thanks to ...
08/18/2020

We had a wonderful time Sunday afternoon at our "In Flight" Program, where we learned about all things above. Thanks to our presenters: Gary Tyo who talked to us about hot air balloons, Larry Shotwell and Selover Library's High Five Drone Team who taught us about drones and even demonstrated them for us!

Bees and Blooms had a great turn out last night! We had awesome presenters and the rain held off for the most part!
07/24/2020

Bees and Blooms had a great turn out last night! We had awesome presenters and the rain held off for the most part!

Everyone had fun at our Wild Days program yesterday July 14th! Big thank you to all who helped! We had 26 children parti...
07/15/2020

Everyone had fun at our Wild Days program yesterday July 14th! Big thank you to all who helped! We had 26 children participate.
Our next program will be next week: Bees & Blooms July 23rd!

Headwaters Outdoor Education Center
06/30/2020

Headwaters Outdoor Education Center

Come Join us for Wild Days at HOEC this July 14th or 15th! Lots of fun for kids in kindergarten through 6th grade! Both days will cover the same activities so you only need to sign up for one day. Staff and volunteers will be wearing masks and hand sanitizer will be available at all stations. All other Day Camp social distancing regulations will also be followed. Come get your kids outdoors for a fun filled time!
Register in the Soil & Water office or at 419-946-7923.

Come Join us for Wild Days at HOEC this July 14th or 15th! Lots of fun for kids in kindergarten through 6th grade! Both ...
06/30/2020

Come Join us for Wild Days at HOEC this July 14th or 15th! Lots of fun for kids in kindergarten through 6th grade! Both days will cover the same activities so you only need to sign up for one day. Staff and volunteers will be wearing masks and hand sanitizer will be available at all stations. All other Day Camp social distancing regulations will also be followed. Come get your kids outdoors for a fun filled time!
Register in the Soil & Water office or at 419-946-7923.

Have you been seeing Woodpeckers this year? Post pictures below if you have taken any!
06/26/2020

Have you been seeing Woodpeckers this year? Post pictures below if you have taken any!

The Morrow Environmental Education Committee ( MEEC ) is pleased to announce that it will be hosting an Ohio Certified V...
06/18/2020

The Morrow Environmental Education Committee ( MEEC ) is pleased to announce that it will be hosting an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist course starting in August, 2020! The OCVN program is a research-based education program of The Ohio State University offered in partnership with several host locations, such as, park districts and various environmental organizations. The mission of the OCVN program is to promote awareness and citizen stewardship of Ohio's natural resources through science-based education and community service. The OCVN program emphasizes hands-on natural resource and environmental education coupled with volunteer service. Participants in the OCVN program receive 40 hours of combined classroom and field instruction. Upon completing the OCVN course, participants provide 40 hours of volunteer service at any Ohio organization with a compatible program mission.

After course completion, OCVNs typically volunteer in the following service categories: Education/Interpretation & Outreach, Citizen Science, Land Stewardship, and Program Support.

You do have to apply to take this course which will last August- October and there is a $165 registration cost.
Deadline to apply is July 13, 2020
You must be at least 18 years old to apply

For more information, find a brochure and application at: https://mrwswcd.wixsite.com/morrowswcd/hoec

or, contact OSU Ext. Beck Barker at 419-947-1070

Ohio Division of Wildlife
06/08/2020

Ohio Division of Wildlife

Spread the Word About Keeping Turtles Wild!

May and June are peak nesting season for Ohio’s 11 turtle species. You may encounter more turtles during this period, especially when they are crossing roadways. While it is okay to assist a turtle crossing a road, your own safety when doing this is a priority. Be sure to move the turtle in the direction it is travelling, otherwise it may turn back around and cross the road again.

It is also extremely important to remember that wild turtles are not pets, and raising a wild animal in captivity is illegal unless you have a state permit. Wild turtles brought into captivity are also at increased risk of being exposed to diseases and captivity might disrupt their natural cycles. If you release a captive wild turtle, be sure to release it in the same area it was taken from. Box Turtles are especially accustomed to a specific home range, and moving these turtles to habitat you think might be more suitable could result in population loss.

Spread the word about keeping turtles safe this summer by sharing this post! Learn more: http://ow.ly/Wb3Y50A1BlU

Malabar Farm State Park
06/03/2020

Malabar Farm State Park

The Eastern Hemlock trees are a crowd favorite, but do you know how they got here? 25,000 years ago the great Wisconsin Glacier moved into Pleasant Valley & Mohican areas, ending its journey in southern Ohio. The glacial moraine contained Hemlock seeds which the glacier originally acquired in northern Canada. When the glacier melted, the seeds were concealed in the earth and started to grow, beginning the family line of Hemlock trees that we enjoy today.

National Association of Conservation Districts
06/03/2020

National Association of Conservation Districts

Via Daily Camera: At the core of any property, and critical for plant growth, is soil. Soils store and release nutrients and water to plants for growth, and secure plant roots. Colorado soils are about half mineral from decomposed or eroded rock, with the remaining half divided between air and water, and a small organic material percentage.

https://www.dailycamera.com/2020/06/02/sharon-bokan-organic-matter-improves-living-soil/

Another Wee Discover Challenge! :What A Busy Spider.
06/01/2020

Another Wee Discover Challenge! :
What A Busy Spider.

Update: Unfortunately, due to group gathering limits still in place, our June Wild Days are officially Canceled that wer...
05/28/2020

Update: Unfortunately, due to group gathering limits still in place, our June Wild Days are officially Canceled that were suppose to be the 9th &10th. Our Nature Photography Program planned for June 14th will also be canceled with an alternative date being considered for this fall. We would still like to have Wild Days July 14th and 15th so stay tuned.
Stay safe everyone and still try to get outdoors!

Marion Tallgrass Trail
05/27/2020

Marion Tallgrass Trail

Have you noticed in certain farm fields, that it’s cover with these beautiful flowers? These are called Crimson Clover. The Lill Farms planted a cover crop of crimson clover on 3 fields last summer to prevent erosion and weed growth, and to enrich the soil with organic material. These photos are from Barks Rd, Smeltzer, Marion-Cardington & Somerlot-Hoffman. We would like to thank Bob Turner, for capturing these pictures. Bob even found a cool website about this plant.

https://www.sare.org/Learning-Center/Books/Managing-Cover-Crops-Profitably-3rd-Edition/Text-Version/Legume-Cover-Crops/Crimson-Clover

If you would like to see a video format of these pictures please click on this link: https://youtu.be/u7Rq0dl4a8M

Malabar Farm State Park
05/20/2020

Malabar Farm State Park

Garlic mustard

Is an invasive non-native biennial herb that spreads by seed. Although edible for people, it is not eaten by local wildlife or insects. It is difficult to control once it has reached a site; it has a high seed production rate, and it out competes native vegetation. If you come across garlic mustard in the woods pull it and shake the soil off the roots and lay the plant off the ground across a tree branch or on a log where it can decompose.

Small free libraries offering solace amid virus shutdowns
05/19/2020
Small free libraries offering solace amid virus shutdowns

Small free libraries offering solace amid virus shutdowns

Christine Gale Reynolds worked at the public library in Yosemite National Park before it closed in March when California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued shutdown orders to slow the spread of the...

Shout out to the 2020 Morrow County Seniors from the Headwaters Committee! Thanks to Kay, Mia, and Liam for doing the si...
05/18/2020

Shout out to the 2020 Morrow County Seniors from the Headwaters Committee!
Thanks to Kay, Mia, and Liam for doing the sign! Headwaters Outdoor Education Center's trails are still open for hiking as well!

HOEC's planned Edible Plants Program has been Canceled for this Sunday, May 17th. The Wee Discover Program will also be ...
05/13/2020

HOEC's planned Edible Plants Program has been Canceled for this Sunday, May 17th. The Wee Discover Program will also be Canceled for the rest of the month of May.

For June, our planned programs are:
Wild Days: June 9th and 10th
and "Nature Photography and Flower Smashing" June 14th.

Fingers crossed we will be able to host these events by then!

Newest Wee Discover Challenge. Rainbows!
05/11/2020

Newest Wee Discover Challenge. Rainbows!

Another Wee Discover Challenge from Miss Marilyn!Get outside and discover some interesting facts about Dandelions!
04/28/2020

Another Wee Discover Challenge from Miss Marilyn!
Get outside and discover some interesting facts about Dandelions!

Keep Morrow County Beautiful
04/22/2020
Keep Morrow County Beautiful

Keep Morrow County Beautiful

Message from Carri Jagger from the Morrow County Extension Office. This is a great article and worth reading especially if you are growing a garden for the first time this year. The popularity of gardening has increased this year do to COVID 19. If this is your first garden and you have questions about planting, insects, disease, soil pH, and nutrients. Give me a call 419-947-1070 or email me at [email protected]. The OSU Extension office is currently closed so I'm not able to make site visits but am able to visit and share information via email and phone.

Happy Earth Day!
04/22/2020

Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day!!!! Today is a very special Earth Day, it is the 50th year celebration of Earth Day!

Do your part to help our Earth for our children and grandchildren. We only have one Earth!
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This is an activity that kids can do at home to keep them busy and learning! ( HOEC will try to post one every week thro...
04/17/2020

This is an activity that kids can do at home to keep them busy and learning! ( HOEC will try to post one every week through May), For the last question, you can pick up the activity sheet at the Headwaters park in the little free library in a red folder.

This is Headwaters' Little Free Library. For those of you who haven't seen this before, it is right along the main drive...
04/17/2020

This is Headwaters' Little Free Library. For those of you who haven't seen this before, it is right along the main drive/ Parking area to the left or southern side of the Education Center building. You can grab a book from here to read and bring it back and also donate books as well. For the Wee Discover Challenges Miss Marilyn is posting, there are some papers you can find here in this little free library in a red folder.
Enjoy!

04/17/2020
04/10/2020
04/10/2020
Mia

Mia

**IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT!!**

Hey Folks, Miss Mia here! Wanted to let you all know that Miss Marilyn, Miss Gail, Miss Kim, and myself, with the assistance of Miss Amanda, are working on some activities that we will soon post here for you and your families to work on together, to help you get outside with your kids, or just for yourself! We will have some activities for our Wee Discover kids/families, but also some for kids of all ages and families. Once we get it all up and running, we encourage you to please share with us on this page whichever activities or challenges you chose to accomplish, and how you accomplished them, so others may gain insight or ideas, in case they don't know where to start. From all of us here to all of you, we're all in this together, even though we can't be together right now. Thanks so much and stay safe and well! 🌷🐦🦋🐇🐿🌿🌲🌳🌞

Our Wee Discover program is canceled for the month of April. We are also canceling our Mini Gardening program that was s...
04/08/2020

Our Wee Discover program is canceled for the month of April. We are also canceling our Mini Gardening program that was scheduled for April 19th. Our walking trails will remain open, so come out and enjoy the Great Outdoors!

Our WEE Discover program is cancelled this week and could be for the month of April. Follow our page for more u...
03/31/2020

Our WEE Discover program is cancelled this week and could be for the month of April. Follow our page for more updates. Stay Safe!

03/23/2020

If you are tired of being stuck inside at home come out to Headwaters and enjoy our beautiful walking trails! Trails are open to the public from dawn till dusk. Everyday is a great day to enjoy the Outdoors!

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151 Home Rd
Mount Gilead, OH
43338

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**IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT!!** Hey Folks, Miss Mia here! Wanted to let you all know that Miss Marilyn, Miss Gail, Miss Kim, and myself, with the assistance of Miss Amanda, are working on some activities that we will soon post here for you and your families to work on together, to help you get outside with your kids, or just for yourself! We will have some activities for our Wee Discover kids/families, but also some for kids of all ages and families. Once we get it all up and running, we encourage you to please share with us on this page whichever activities or challenges you chose to accomplish, and how you accomplished them, so others may gain insight or ideas, in case they don't know where to start. From all of us here to all of you, we're all in this together, even though we can't be together right now. Thanks so much and stay safe and well! 🌷🐦🦋🐇🐿🌿🌲🌳🌞
WEE Discover preschool begins Thursday, September 5 with the morning session at 10:15 am and repeated at 12:45 pm.
It’s an amazing program!
WILD Days coming July 16 and 17, 9:30-11:30 am. Fun and learning for kids ages 3-13. Division of Wildlife, Recycling, and Marion Park District staff presenting programs.
July Wild Days coming up July 16 and 17, 9:30-11:30. Outdoor fun and learning for kids ages 3-13!
The dates were wrong before. These are correct. October 19th is the astronomy.
Today during this mornings wee discover Lindsey Grimm demonstrated how long each item takes to decompose in the landfill the children learned so much today!!!
At wee discover this morning Lindsey Grimm spoke about landfills and the process of how they work today the children that attended got to assist lindsey in making our very own landfill!!!!! Check out this amazing photo of their hard work today with hands on learning!!!! Thank you lindsey for your participation with this wonderful group of children!!!
What an amazing effort today at Headwater Outdoor Education Center, Mt. Gilead. A pollinator garden with plants from Gale Martin-Natives In Harmony Greenhouse and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC), Wooster are now planted as part of ‘Pollinator Project’. With temps as high as 90*, and an awesome turnout by Morrow County SWCD, Morrow County OSU Extension, Master Gardeners and Headwater Board members, 4 flats of Native Ohio plants were planted that will attract bees, butterflies and beneficial insects. A big thanks to Dan Barker for installing drainage tile as well as supporting a vision; Matt Stooksbury for bush hogging the area and helping plant; Erika Begle for planting and photography; Carri Jagger (OSU Extension ) and Emma (OSU intern) along with the AWESOME Master Gardeners who rolled up their sleeves and said,”point us to the work!”; and Gail West, Kim Forget and Marilyn Weiler (HOEC BD.). What great people, what outstanding work!!! Now, onto our next project...a WATER source.
Hope to see YOU at HOEC tomorrow at 2:00 pm!
WILD DAYS CORRECTION! There will be a June session on the 12th and 13th and a JULY session on the 17th and 18th. The times are 9:30-11:30 am. Outdoor fun for kids ages 3-13.
When is you next event? When does wee discover start?