Tom Yates offers optional paths the group can take

The hikers meet every Thursday morning at 9 AM at a different park or natural area in Lake County.

Nick Standering, Recreation Coordinator, organizes the walks and has arranged to have Tom Yates, retired Holden horticulturist, accompany us as an interpretive guide—they don’t come any better.

Bowl and Doily Spider web

The Bowl and Doily Spider spins an intricate trap for insects.  There’s a matrix of nearly invisible webbing above the bowl designed to knock prey into the bowl.

The doily is another web matrix under the bowl to catch prey that miss the bowl.   Who knew spiders could make back-up plans?

Virginia Knotweed/Jumpseed

Pressure on the seed causes it to jump off the stem, giving the plant its alternate name.


This tall plant is named for the tiny, feathery “wings” that cover its main stems.

And it looks like tiny, crittery crawlers are covering the short flower stem branching to the right.


Native Americans used the root of the plant as a thickening agent, much as we use cornstarch.  In fact, Arrowroot is the brand name of a cornstarch in supermarkets.

August hiking schedule:   Note change of address for August 30

August 2 – Osborne Park (City Park):  38575 Lakeshore Blvd.  Willoughby

August 9 – Thompson Ledges (Town Park):  I 90 East, Exit Madison, Rt 528;  South on 528 to Thompson Square. Just east near High School.   (Short cut:  Leroy Center / Thompson Rd. has detour)

August 16 – (South Entrance)  Girdled Road Reservation (Lake Metro Parks) 12926 Radcliff Rd., Concord

August 23 – South end of North Chagrin Reservation (Cleveland Metro Parks)  Take Chagrin River Rd. (SR 174) south to Wilson Mills Rd. East.  1/10 mile to parking area for Fosters Run.

August 30 – Orchard Hills Park (Geauga Park District) 9160 Caves Road,  Chester Township 44026

The center will not cancel the hikes due to inclement weather; we leave it up to each individual participant if they feel it’s safe.

Please bring plenty of water to stay hydrated as August looks to be pretty steamy!

Contact Nick Standering, Mentor Senior Center Recreation Coordinator at  standering@cityofmentor.com for a monthly schedule of interpretive walks.

Photos © Carole Clement

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