Wild Ones Columbus hosts free monthly programs for our members and the public. Please note that events will be cancelled in the case of a Level 2 snow emergency.
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The Miniature World of Mosses and Liverworts
Innis House (Inniswoods Metro Gardens) , 940 S. Hempstead Road, Westerville, OH Map
Public Welcome Family Friendly Free Event Program/Speaker Presentation Nature Walk/Hike Public Restroom Free Public Parking Drinking Fountains
For our June program, we will be learning all about mosses! Professor Bob Klips, author of the new book "Common Mosses, Liverworts and Lichens of Ohio", will be giving a presentation on mosses and their relatives. Afterwards we will head out on a walk around Inniswood to explore the mosses we can find!
Presentation description: Because they are small, the beautiful and interesting bryophyte plants (mosses and their kin) are often overlooked despite their abundance in most Ohio ecosystems. In this program we will learn the features of the plant life cycle that sets them apart from larger, more advanced, plants, discern the traits that vary enough to be helpful in bryophyte identification, and seek out about a dozen species growing at Inniswood.
Speaker bio: Bob Klips is an associate professor emeritus in the Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology at Ohio State University (OSU), where he continues to teach courses in plant identification and ecology. He manages the bryophyte and lichen specimen collections in the herbarium at OSU’s Museum of Biological Diversity and is the author of a new book “Common Mosses, Liverworts and Lichens of Ohio,” published by Ohio University Press. Skilled in botanical macrophotography, Klips served as the photographer for the Ohio Division of Wildlife’s 2017 Common Lichens of Ohio Field Guide and has contributed images to dozens of books, periodicals, and websites. He frequently conducts field work and educates nature study groups about the identification, ecology, and distribution of Ohio plants and lichens.
Prairie Yard Tour
Bricker Residence, 10780 Fitzgerald Outlet St, Mt Sterling, OH, 43143 Map
Public Welcome Family Friendly Free Event Home Garden Tour Free Public Parking
Join us for a summer yard tour and get some ideas and tips for your home! We will be touring Joe's 1.5-acre prairie designed to attract birds, bees and butterflies. If you're interested in sunflowers, goldenrods, coneflowers and other sun-loving natives, you'll want to check out this yard. Other areas of his property include wood piles, brush piles, and an assortment of native trees and shrubs to support wildlife.