Find Events

2024 Bissell Nature Center Programs

Ohio

Kids enjoy pond dipping in Bliss Pond in front of Bissell Nature Center.
Bissell Nature Center Bliss Pond and the Bissell Nature Center at the Grand River Conservation Campus © David Ike

Overview

Event Overview

The Bissell Nature Center, located within the Grand River Conservation Campus in Ashtabula County, invites you to explore the wonders of Ohio’s natural heritage. Shaped by generations of people who have lived and worked here, this campus offers a unique blend of history, ecology and recreation. Today, as part of The Nature Conservancy’s Morgan Swamp Preserve, it remains a place where people can connect with the outdoors.

The nature center is open Saturdays and Sundays from 1-5 pm ET April through October.

Registration requested for programs

Email us at bissellnaturecenter@tnc.org or call 440-563-3081 to register. All programs and admission to the Bissell Nature Center are free and open to the public.

Schedule of 2024 Programs

Saturday, May 4 | 10am-noon 

Intro to Birding by Sound 

Join TNC staff, Emily Finch, for an insight into auditory birding! There will be a short presentation that will include clues to identifying common bird calls. After some indoor group practice we will hit the trail to listen and identify birds in the vicinity by sound! 


Saturday, May 18 | 10am-noon 

Welcome Spring!

Children will learn through stories, activities and a short hike how to spot changes in plant or animal behavior now that spring is here. Dress for the weather. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For ages 4-7 with adult supervision. Limited to 12 registered children.


Saturday, June 29 | 10am-noon

Snakes of Ohio 

Join NOWCorps Volunteer, Emily, for a presentation focusing on native snakes in Ohio. Topics will include characteristics that help in identification of various snakes, including the massasauga rattlesnake which is native to Ashtabula County. Several snakes will be available for observation and interaction. Suitable for adults and families with children 8 and older. 


Saturday, July 13 | 10am-noon

Dragons at Morgan Swamp!

Join Jim Heflich and Carol Blake on a quest to capture and examine a few of the 50+ species of dragonflies and damselflies that have been spotted in Morgan Swamp. These insects are truly flying jewels in the sky. 


Tuesday, August 6 | 7-8pm

Kingsville Sand Barrens    

Join Dr. James K. Bissell, Curator Emeritus of Botany at Cleveland Museum of Natural History, as he describes the rare flora and fauna still remaining at the Kingsville Sand Barrens, a remnant of the Lake Warren beach ridge from 12,500 years ago. It is known for its lupines, numbers of dragonfly and spider wasp species. Enjoy this special narrated slideshow in the nature center.


Saturday, August 27 | 10-11am

Rooted Solutions: Navigating Climate Change

Join NE Ohio Environmental Council staff, Christopher Colón & Emily Bacha as they lead participants through their experiences in advocating for environmental justice and climate action policies in NE Ohio. 


Saturday, September 7 | 10am-noon

Signs of Winter Hike

Join Judy Semroc of Nature Sparks on an outdoor hike looking for signs that Nature is “preparing for winter.” This could include searching for caterpillars getting ready to pupate, and pollinators or other beneficial insects continuing to feed. When you are hiking with one of the best naturalists in NE Ohio, you will certainly discover something unexpected! Dress for the weather. Suitable for adults & families with children 8 and older. Limited to 25 participants.


Saturday, October 5 | 10-11am

Ancient History of NE Ohio

Join Dr. Brian Redmond, Curator Emeritus of Archaeology at Cleveland Museum of Natural History for a talk that describes the ancient people of NE Ohio as told by archeological research over the last 100 years. Much of the focus will be on the area east of Cleveland including Ashtabula County. Dr. Redmond has researched this topic in the Great Lakes region.


Saturday, October 12 | 10am-noon

Get Ready for Winter!

Children will learn through stories, activities and a short hike how animals and plants are preparing right now for the cold months ahead. Dress for the weather. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For ages 4-7 with adult supervision. Limited to 12 registered children.


Saturday, November 2 | 10am-noon

Detective Wildlife Training

Use your sense of smell, hearing and sight to find signs of wildlife on our hike to include tracks, scat, sheds, constructed homes and evidence of eating and foraging. Once you sharpen your detective wildlife skills, a walk in the woods will never be the same. Suitable for adults and families with children 8 and older. Limited to 25 registered hikers.