'Wading Into Wetlands' presentation by Dr. Patricia Saunders

Plan to attend the 2016 pre-OCVN conference workshop (3 slots remaining!)

Wading into Wetlands on Friday October 7 at the Black Fork Wetlands Preserve near the campus of Ashland University from noon—4:00 PM.

This workshop will address how to effectively engage both youth and adult audiences through wetland exploration. The session and will be led by Dr. Patricia Saunders, Associate Professor in Biology, Ashland University, and will also provide examples of research through citizen science. OCVNs Herb Broda and Janet Ellsworth will be assisting.  Look for conference agenda and registration information coming soon.

Black Fork Wetlands Environmental Studies Center

In 1998, with the help of an anonymous donor, Ashland University purchased 38 acres of wetland six miles south of campus on U.S. 42. In 2004, an additional 260 acres was purchased with the support of a grant from the Clean Ohio Conservation Fund, with a matching grant from the Richland County Foundation. The Black Fork Wetlands is the largest of Ashland University's five environmental preserves.

In order to develop the potential of the Black Fork Wetlands Preserve for education of Ashland University students and for outreach to the community and pre-college teachers and students, a group of faculty from the College of Arts & Sciences and College of Education began meeting in December 2004 to discuss the development of the Black Fork Wetlands Environmental Studies Center (BFWESC).  In recognition of the educational and conservation value of this preserve, Ashland University approved the establishment of the BFWESC in April 2005.

The goals and vision for the Black Fork Wetlands Environmental Studies Center are:
• Conservation of critical habitat
• Public and K-12 school outreach
• Development and implementation of an interpretive center
• Field research and teaching by environmental science faculty
• Field research and education for post-secondary students
• Field teaching by science education faculty