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2021 Bissell Nature Center Events


There are many educational displays to explore and ways to learn about nature in Ohio.
James K. Bissell Nature Center There are many educational displays to explore and ways to learn about nature in Ohio. © David Ike


2021 Bissell Nature Center Events

NOTE: To ensure a safe and healthy environment for everyone, TNC Ohio in-person events and field trips have been canceled.  The opening of the Dr. James K. Bissell Nature Center is delayed. We are working on plans to open safely and offer events later this year. Our preserves and trails remain open, but restrooms will not be available. We encourage everyone to follow current health and safety precautions.

The Dr. James K. Bissell Nature Center is located on the Grand River Conservation Campus within the Morgan Swamp Preserve in northeast Ohio near Rock Creek. 

Join us for any of these events to learn more about nature, meet others with similar interests, and become more connected to the natural world around us.

These events are free and open to the public.

Saturday, March 27 - The Secret Life of Vernal Pools - 10:00am - 11:00am; Join Judy Semroc, educator at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, for a photograhic journey into the formation, importance and benefits of vernal pools. Inhabitants of vernal pools are rarely seen, but are among the most beautiful creatures in nature. As we delve into the dark waters of this interesting habitat, we will discover its secrets and learn how to protect this vital natural habitat.

Saturday, April 17 - What's the Word Bird? - 10:00am - 11:00am; Why go birding? It's a great excuse to spend time outdoors and connect with nature - something that is proven to make people happier, healthier and smarter. All you really need to begin is a pair of binoculars and a birding guide. Join TNC staff for a presentation about how to get started with birding in Ohio and some wonderful places to check out.

Saturday, May 15 - Garden Planting Tips and Tricks for Spring Pollinators; 10:00am - 11:00am; Join Angie Burke of The Nature Conservancy as she describes native plants that can help bolster gardens for pollinators in the spring and beyond. Learn about the benefits of gardens from increasing pollinator habitat, slowing and filtering rainwater, and the occasional fruit and vegetable harvest. Gardens can have it all!

Tuesday, June 8 - Ohio's Comeback Critters: The Recovery of Bears, Bobcats, River Otters, and Fishers - 7:00pm - 8:00pm; By the date of statehood in 1803, numerous native wildlife species had vanished from Ohio's landscape. Join Jamey Emmert to learn the reasons for this and what steps were taken to allow black bears, bobcats, fishers and river otters to repopulate the state. Jamey serves as a Wildlife Communications Specialist for the ODNR Division of Wildlife's NE District in Akron.

Saturday, July 10 - Flying Jewels: A Dragonfly & Damselfly Primer - 10:00am - 11:00am; Join Judy Semroc as she shares with us the natural history, importance, and basic identification information of dragonflies and damselflies. Strategies for attracting these beautiful creatures will also be presented. We will be both inside and outside. Judy currently works in the Natural Areas Division of the CMNH. She has co-authored books about dragonflies and damselflies as well as goldenrods.

*Registration required for all programs

To register, email or call 440.563.3081 ext. 301

A Zoom link will be sent to you upon registering.