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

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2020 Bissell Nature Center Events

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2020 Bissell Nature Center Events

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.

May 23 - Bird Watching Hike - 8:00am - 10:00am; Join Marc Hanneman on a 1, 1/2 mile hike looking and listening for the various birds that live at the preserve or who are migrating through the area.

June 27 - They Come Out at Night - 10:00am - 11:00am; Bring the family to meet and learn about the creatures who come out at night! Penitentiary Glen Wildlife Rehabilitation Center staff will bring several live animals to admire while talking about the special adaptations that make these animals thrive in the darkness.

July 11 - Flying Jewels: Dragonflies and Damselflies of Ohio - Time TBD; Join Judy Semroc, educator at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, as she describes the fascinating dragonflies and damselflies of Ohio. After the presentation, the group will take a quick walk to the pond to see which dragons and damsels are there.

August 20 - Thirty Years of Change within Ohio's Glacial Lakes - 7:00pm - 8:00pm; Join us for a conversation with Dr. Jim Bissell, namesake of our nature center. He'll be talking about two glacial lakes in northern Ohio, Snow Lake and Lake Kelso - both formed by glaciers and part of the larger Cuyahoga Wetlands region.

September 19 - Earth Preparing for Winter - 10:00am - 12:00pm; Kids Program, ages 4-7 with accompanying adult. Children will learn through stories, activities and a short hike how the earth is getting ready for the cold months ahead. Limited to 8 children.

September 26 - Fall Wildflower Hike - 10:00am - 11:30am; Judy Barnhart, retired Geauga Park District Naturalist/Botanist and President of the Native Plant Society of NE Ohio  will lead us on a wildflower folklore hike. Folklore will include name origins, native american and/or pioneer usage and more. 

October 3 - Mushrooms! Presentation and Hike - 10:00am - 12:30pm; Walt Sturgeon, author of multiple books about mushrooms of the NE United States, will present and lead a hike highlighting the various mushroom species on the preserve.

October 10 - Animals Preparing for Winter - 10:00am - 12:00pm; Kids Program, ages 4-7 with accompanying adult. Children will learn through stories, activities and a short hike how animals are preparing right now for the cold months ahead. Limited to 8 children.

*Registration encouraged for all programs

To register, email bissellnaturecenter@tnc.org or call 440.563.3081 ext. 301