A nature walkabout in Canal Winchester

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By Linda Dillman
Staff Writer

Messenger photo by Linda Dillman
Canal Winchester Urban Forester Dick Miller enjoys some of the natural beauty of a trail winding its way along Walnut Creek.

On April 17, Canal Winchester Urban Forester Dick Miller will lead a leisurely walkabout on a trail through the woods near Walnut Creek.

Miller will share his knowledge of the flora and fauna in the local area from 9-11 a.m. in the George Baeris Nature Preserve. Participants will meet in the north paved parking area on Parkview Drive leading to the nature preserve in the Canal Winchester Walnut Creek Park.

Parking is available north of the middle school. The event will be held rain or shine, but cancelled if there is lightning in the immediate area.

“Weather providing, we may traverse two miles in two hours talking about the watershed, the human relationship to nature and possibly identifying a few birds along the way,” said Miller.

Topics include the Canal Winchester’s designation as a Tree City, people and their association with nature, the wetland at the middle school, stormwater in central Ohio, the recovering riparian woodland and invasive species management.

“Bring binoculars if you have them, a raincoat, bug spray to spray long pants from the knee down and old tennis shoes to possibly get muddy or wet,” said Miller. “It is not a perfect world in the woods so be prepared to spray your pant legs to prevent ticks from using you for a mid-morning brunch.”

The walk is appropriate for anyone of any age who can walk two miles in two hours and if you are not worried about getting wet or muddy. There are no registration requirements. All local health orders, including social distancing and facial coverings are required.

“We are combining this with our annual arbor day celebration,” said Miller.

Walnut Creek Park features hiking trails, soccer fields, a seasonal portable restroom, creek access and 50 parking places. It is open 6 a.m. to dusk and is located next to the Canal Winchester Middle School on Parkview Drive along Lithopolis Road.

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