Valuing Urban Landscapes - The Ravines of Clintonville
The scenic and biodiversity-rich Olentangy River extends north for 97 miles from its confluence with the Scioto River in downtown Columbus. It was the third scenic river designated in Ohio, including 22 miles south from the City of Delaware to just south of I-270. Northern reaches of its watershed are predominately agricultural with many villages and a few towns. The southern third of the river is heavily suburban and urban. In Columbus’ Clintonville neighborhood, just north of Ohio State University, several small tributaries extend short distances east, with steep ravine topography. The beauty and solitude of these ravines were recognized by developers and preservationists since at least the 1920s. Closely linked to the main stem Olentangy, these ravines are home to many interesting and rare plant and animal species, and are key parts of the Olentangy River ecosystem. Attend and learn more about these amazing and important urban landscapes, who is helping protect and restore them, then join a walking tour (via short bus ride) to see, smell, and feel these unusual-for-urban-Ohio places.
Program and walking tour leader, presenter
Agenda and Program
7:15 Doors open, coffee, networking
7:40 Warm buffet breakfast
8:10 Program welcome, SENR director, Jeff Sharp
8:20 Getting to Know the Ravines of Clintonville, Michael Graziano History of the Ravines and Community Interest, John Krygier, PhD, Professor of Geology and Geography; Director of Environmental Studies, Ohio Wesleyan University Grassroots Community Initiatives and Organizations -- Who They Are, What They Do, Laura Fay, Grants Manager, ms Consultants and FLOW officer, Ecology of the Ravines, Michael Graziano
9:18 Wrap up
9:30 Up to 45 attendees who sign up will board a bus to Glen Echo Ravine*(WALKING TOUR IS FULL)
9:45 drop off at Glen Echo Park, Cliffside*
11:30 Board bus: location TBD
11:45 arrive back at 4-H Center, app.
*Walking tour discussants: Maureen Lorenz (vernal pools); Pete Kovarik (plants/animals), Glen Echo Bird Club representative (birds), led by Michael Graziano
Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center
2201 Fred Taylor Drive
Columbus, Ohio 43210
Parking is free but you must have a pass which you can download here and place on your dashboard, whether parking across the street or behind the 4-H Center.
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