2019 Spring and Fall Nature Hike Series and Events


Fall Nature Hike Schedule

Join us this fall on our weekly birding and nature hikes around Columbus! All hikes start promptly at 9AM. Please plan to arrive early to park your vehicle and prepare any gear you’ll need for the morning. All hikes are rain or shine but may be delayed in the event of bad storms. Guides will be at the starting locations regardless. No pets, please. For any questions or directions, contact Chris, Anna, or Doc at 614-766-2103


We look forward to seeing you on the trail!


Sawmill Saturdays

Saturday, August 3, 2019 - 10AM-12PM

Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 10AM-12PM

Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 10AM-12PM

Join WBU along with the Friends of the Sawmill Wetlands and a variety of local organizations for a morning of family-friendly fun in the wetland! Come and go as you please throughout the morning. Sawmill Wetlands is located on Sawmill Pl Blvd behind the Planet Fitness Center. 


Saturday, August 31, 2019 - 9AM-11AM

Kiwanis Riverway Park

Recent Birds of Kiwanis Riverway Park

Join Anna Rose for an easy stroll along the Scioto River at Kiwanis Riverway Park. Fully paved and smooth boardwalk trails make this park accessible to wheelchairs, strollers, and other mobility devices. Be aware that the trail entrance does have a steep hill. Kiwanis is often a good park to see a variety of woodpeckers, including Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, and occasionally a Pileated Woodpecker! We will look for summering and early migrant Carolina Wrens and House Wrens, Red-eyed Vireos, Warbling Vireos, Great Crested Flycatchers, Eastern Phoebes, Cedar Waxwings, and the resident Great Blue Herons, Green Herons, Belted Kingfishers, and Eastern Bluebirds. Mornings at Kiwanis can be an exciting time to see Turkey Vultures and the occasional Black Vulture at close range, as they roost in the dead ash trees.

We will meet in the trail head parking lot. Look for the Quarry Business Place sign on Riverside Dr, just north of Martin Rd. and south of the 161/33 roundabout. 6245 Riverside Dr, Dublin, OH 43017

Google Map for Kiwanis Location


Saturday, September 14, 2019 - 9AM-11AM

Shale Hollow Park

Recent Birds of Shale Hollow Park

Join Doc Jordan on the Overlook Trail. ***This trail is strenuous and unimproved. Expect steep grades, mud, narrow paths, and roots. *** Hiking boots are strongly encouraged. We will look for native sparrows, including Song Sparrow, Field Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow, and Eastern Towhee, fall migrating warblers, in addition to Indigo Buntings, kinglets, Brown Creeper, Swainson’s Thrush, and all of the possible woodpeckers that are native to Ohio. The Overlook Trail follows a ridge along a stream through the woods.

We will meet in the parking lot near the nature center. (40.2059023,-83.0384941) 6320 Artesian Run, Lewis Center, OH 43035

Google Map for Shale Hollow Park


Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 9AM-11AM

Prairie Oaks Metro Park

Recent Birds of Prairie Oaks Metro Park

Join Doc at Prairie Oaks Metro Park during the height of fall migration! We will look for warblers, flocks of swallows, blackbirds, sparrows, vireos, waterfowl, shorebirds, and more! Some highlights in the past have included Green Heron, Purple Martins, Black-and-white Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Spotted Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, Cedar Waxings, Scarlet Tanager and more! We will stay on gravel-paved trails that meander through the wooded edgeline of Big Darby Creek and the Darby Bend Lakes.

Enter the park through the Darby Bend Lakes Entrance off of Amity Rd. We will meet in the last parking lot near the restrooms.  We will potentially walk sections of the Darby Creek Greenway Trail, River Rock Trail, and/or the Lake View Trails based on the bird activity that morning.

Google Map of Prairie Oaks Metro Park (Darby Bend Lakes)


Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 9AM-11AM

Highbanks Metro Park

Recent Birds of Highbanks Metro Park

Join Doc Jordan at Highbanks Metro Park in search of warblers, thrushes, native sparrows and more! We will meet at the nature center, then head out on the Coyote Run Trail. The trail starts with a wooded edge line ideal for wood warblers, vireos, and woodpeckers, then opens into a prairie full of Eastern Bluebirds, Tree Swallows, native sparrows, and hopefully, migrating raptors.

Hiking boots are recommended, as the unimproved pet trail can be muddy and uneven.

Google Map of Highbanks Metro Park


Saturday, October 12, 2019 - 9AM-11AM

Blendon Woods Metro Park

Recent Birds of Blendon Woods Metro Park 

Join Anna Rose at Blendon Woods Metro Park in search of woodpeckers, including the elusive Red-headed Woodpecker, native sparrows, waterfowl, and Wild Turkeys. We will meet in front of the Nature Center and hike the paved and gravel Lake Trail to Thoreau Lake.

Google Map of Blendon Woods Metro Park


Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 9AM-11AM

Glacier Ridge Metro Park

Recent Birds of Glacier Ridge Metro Park

Join Doc Jordan at Glacier Ridge Metro Park. We will meet at the shelter house to hike the Marsh Hawk Trail through forest, wetland, and prairie habitats. Our targets will include Eastern Meadowlark, native sparrows including White-crowned Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Lincoln’s Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Field Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow, Eastern Towhee, kinglets, later migrating warblers, woodpeckers, and more.

Take a left at the roundabout, across from the elementary school. The shelter house parking area is on the back side of the main driveway loop.

Google Map of Glacier Ridge Metro Park