Participants will carpool to each location. Scheduled to leave at 1:30pm.
Join Oak Farm Montessori School’s (OFMS) Ecoliteracy Coordinator, Gena Grobarek, and Blue Heron Ministry’s ecological restoration specialist, John Brittenham for a 2 hour (approx. 2 miles) walking tour of OFMS’s 159-acre campus. On the tour, Gena Grobarek will highlight outdoor classroom spaces used during ecoliteracy programming throughout the primary to high school age levels. John Brittenham will highlight the commitment OFMS has to ecological restoration as well as discuss how students are immersed in the ongoing projects taking place with the help of Blue Heron Ministry. Participants should wear appropriate footwear for walking and potentially muddy paths. Please dress for the weather and bring a water bottle if you wish.
Participants will carpool to the location. 35-minute drive. Scheduled to leave at 1:30pm.
Hike down Trail 3 through the Potawatomi Nature Preserve, traveling through varied habitats of marshland, deep hardwood forests, pines, and sand hills. Crossing over the boardwalk at Lake Lonidaw and down Trail 6, experience a primitive area, including swamp that is good for observing marshland plants and animals in the spring. Visit the second highest point in Steuben County at Hell’s Point, boasting a trail overlook. Descending the other side of Hell’s Point is 84 steps.
The trails are moderate in difficulty and may be muddy in some areas, with a total distance of approximately 3 miles; wear sturdy shoes for uneven, sometimes gravelly and rocky, terrain. Please dress for the weather.
Participants will meet at front of the Inn at 1:30pm. Hike is subject to change.
Wild Winds Buffalo Preserve is home to approximately 250 wild bison roaming over 400 acres that they claim as their home. On this 45-minute tour, discover the interactions of land, people, and animals throughout history. The cost is $8 due upon check in at the conference.
Following the Buffalo Preserve, enjoy one of the area’s wineries. Satek Winery started as a commercial vineyard, selling grapes to other Indiana wineries, in 1992. The intent was to eventually open their own winery as a “retirement” business. Satek Winery sources 80% of their grapes locally. Come for a free tasting in their production room with the option to purchase merchandise.
Participants will be carpooling to the locations. 15-minute drive. Scheduled to leave at 1:30pm. The cost is $8 for Wild Winds Buffalo Farm due upon check-in to the conference.