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All activities are for all ages. Please register as an individual adult and you will be asked how many family members will be attending with you when applicable.

Introduction to Falconry & Birds of Prey (Jan. 27)
Instructor: Joe Dorian, Ohio School of Falconry
Don’t miss this exciting presentation and learn about the ancient sport of falconry and birds of prey as you witness trained hawks, owls and falcons up close. You will also learn the history of falconry, its origins, and the importance raptors (hawks, eagles, owls and falcons) play in the earth’s ecosystems including Bexley’s Jeffrey Woods and urban arboretum. (A few participants over the age of 9 will be selected at random through a drawing for the rare opportunity of having a raptor fly to their glove.)

Valentine's Woodland Walk (Feb. 10)
Instructor: Tom Kirker
The woodland is slowly waking to the signs of spring, and love is in the air. Sparrows, finches, cardinals and starlings can be heard singing on sunny days. Owls and skunks are mating, and other critters are repairing nests and dens. February is also the snowiest month of the year, so participants will look for animal tracks and learn how woodland animals make adaptations to survive cold winter weather. We will also have some nuts to throw out to woodland critters as a special Valentine’s treat. Bundle up!

Ohio Wildlife Presentation & Rescue (Mar. 9)
Instructor: Ohio Wildlife Center Educator
Please join an instructor from Ohio Wildlife Center's Education Department along with a few of their resident animal ambassadors for an informative and fun presentation and history of some of Ohio’s native wildlife - along with inspirational stories of animal rescues. In addition, important information will be shared about conservation, co-existing with wildlife and what to do and who to call if you come across an abandoned or injured animal - which happens frequently in our community.

Spring Migratory Bird & Warbler Walk (Apr. 20 or 27 - based on migratory schedule)
Instructor: James Muller
Participants will be notified of the actual date by the beginning of April.
Grab your binoculars and join nationally recognized birding expert James Muller for a fun and bird-informative stroll through Jeffrey Woods. Meet resident and migratory birds including a variety of warblers stopping over at Jeffrey Woods on their way back north. All skill levels are welcome. Binoculars are helpful, but we can share.

Spring Wildflower & Plant Stroll (Apr. 27)
Instructor: Tom Kirker
Springtime is in bloom with emerging plants, leaves and wildflowers. Jeffrey Woods has many wildflower varieties including bloodroot, spring beauties, toothworts, bluebells, mayapples and more. While not everything will be in bloom, you will learn about them so you can visit later. Wildflower handouts will be available.

Instructor: Joe Dorian
Joe is the Founder/Executive Director of the Ohio School of Falconry (OSF). He and his wife Kim, and their two children, are longtime Bexley residents and share Joe’s passion for birds of prey and the sport of falconry. At some point, the entire family has been involved with the school. A Master Class Falconer (with 2 decades of experience working with hawks, owls, buzzards, eagles and falcons), Joe also served as Ohio’s first Apprentice Falconry Director, a position he held for more than 5 years before opening OSF in 2014.


Instructor: Tom Kirker
Tom is a retired Columbus City Schools elementary teacher and current ranger for the Columbus & Franklin County Metro Parks. He is also the Bexley Recreation and Parks' resident outdoor educator. Tom has led numerous programs for us and a variety of other organizations. He regularly posts nature information and articles in local publications and social media. 

Instructor: James Muller
Birding expert and volunteer tour guide with Columbus Audubon.

Register Activity Ages Grades Days Date/Time Fees
 
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Ohio Wildlife Presentation & Rescue WI 24 
18y and up N/A Sa  03/09/2024
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Jeffrey Mansion - Garden Room
$0.00 Res, $0.00 Non-Res
 
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Spring Migratory Bird & Warbler Walk SP 24 
18y and up N/A Sa  04/20/2024 - 04/27/2024
09:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Jeffrey Park - Clifton Shelter
$0.00 Res, $0.00 Non-Res
 
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Spring Wildflower and Plant Stroll SP 24 
18y and up N/A Sa  04/27/2024
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Jeffrey Park - Clifton Shelter
$0.00 Res, $0.00 Non-Res