The free programs listed below originate at the Mentor Marsh Nature Center, 5185 Corduroy Rd in Mentor Headlands unless otherwise noted. 2 to 3:30 PM. Programs will be held in all but severe weather, so please come prepared for the conditions. Bring your own field guides and binoculars if you have them. We have some to lend. Reservations are requested. To register or for more information, call Naturalist Becky Donaldson at 440 257-0777 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sept 4: Monarch Madness Celebrate one of nature’s wonders . . . the great Monarch butterfly migration. Witness the Monarchs and other migrants as they embark on their long journeys south. Discuss life cycles and migration patterns and then take a walk to identify live butterflies. Join Blackbrook Audubon’s Mary Ann Wagner and become a citizen scientist by tagging monarchs as part of an international project tracking their migration.
Sept 11: Wonderful Wetlands Join us to explore our wetlands to discover what’s active this time of year. Enjoy the late blooms in the Marsh, dip for aquatic insects and learn how they predict water quality. Wear clothing/footwear appropriate for muddy conditions.
(Saturday) Sept 17: Mentor Marsh Clean-up Special Stewardship Saturday. 9 AM to noon. Help pick up litter along trails, creeks and areas around the Marsh as part of Ohio’s Coastweeks Cleanup. Wear clothes that can get dirty, sturdy shoes/boots, and gloves. Snacks and water provided.
Sept 18: Late Summer Blooms Enjoy the glory of our late summer prairie and wetland blooms. Join a naturalist in identifying many of our plants as they make their last show for the season. Learn about plants that have striking fall colors, flowers or that provide vital food for wildlife.
Sept 25: Western Marsh/Lake Shore Tour Discover our coast, learn about life on Lake Erie and the Mentor Marsh shores on this hike along the western edge of the Marsh and Lake Erie shoreline at the Mentor Lagoons. Meet at the Mentor Lagoons City Nature Preserve Trailhead (8365 Harbor Dr).
Oct 2: A Walk through History Was Mentor Headlands originally an island? What’s a headland? Take an imaginary walk with a person who might have lived in what is now Mentor Headlands. Learn about what was in the letters, diaries and recorded memories of citizens here as seen through the eyes of our guest storyteller.
Oct 9: Fall Migratory Birding Extravaganza Mentor Marsh’s upland forests, marsh grass and open water attract dozens of migrating bird species, including raptors, ducks, sparrows and warblers. We will discuss local and long distance migratory patterns and species as we hike along the Marsh trails. Mentor Marsh is the best remaining example of its kind in the state and an excellent place to watch migrating birds.
(Saturday) Oct 15: Catch the Rain—Make a Rain Barrel Special Stewardship Saturday, 10 AM to noon. Offered in partnership with Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District. Make a rain barrel at the Nature Center. Cost is $55/barrel. Limited space available. Reserve your barrel ASAP.
Oct 16: Fall Foliage Tour Stroll through the upland forest on the Zimmerman Trail and enjoy the beauty of the fall colors as you learn about the changes happening around you. Fall is a great time to get to know trees, and this program is a fun way to make their acquaintance.
Oct 23: Autumnal Adaptations This is program for fun-loving children of all ages. Hike in the upland forest along the Zimmerman Trail to find out how plants and animals undergo seasonal changes to survive winter’s cold.
Oct 30: Western Marsh/Lake Shore Tour Discover our coast, learn about life on Lake Erie and the Mentor Marsh shores on this hike along the western edge of the Marsh and Lake Erie shoreline at the Mentor lagoons. Meet at the Mentor Lagoons City Nature Preserve Trailhead (8365 Harbor Dr).