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Columbus Symphony at Ash Cave: SOLD OUT

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(Logan)- Ash Cave will provide the perfect acoustic setting for the first-ever performance by the Columbus Symphony at Hocking Hills State Park. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) will host the event on Sunday, June 26, 2022, as a fundraiser for the Ohio State Parks Foundation.

(Photo: Ash Cave at Hocking State Park/ODNR)

The bad news for those that didn’t order their tickets on time- the event is now SOLD OUT and tickets are no longer available.

“The concert will demonstrate that the arts and the beauty of nature really do go hand in hand,” ODNR Director Mary Mertz said.  “The music of the Columbus Symphony will echo perfectly off the walls of Ash Cave, creating a soundtrack for an already majestic area.”

Music selections will vary including the classics, patriotic tunes, and even music from the Harry Potter Symphony Series. 

You can read more about the event and parking information here.

All proceeds from the event will support the mission of the Ohio State Parks Foundation.  The non-profit group was formed in 2021 to preserve, protect, and enhance the 75 state parks of Ohio.  You can read about their goals and current projects here.

Area Ohio State Park Locations Hosting Earth Day Events

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(Columbus) Choose one of Ohio’s state parks to celebrate Earth Day this year. Coordinated by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Parks and Watercraft, Earth Day events around the state provide Ohioans an opportunity to get outside and give back to nature. All events are free, and most are suitable for the whole family.

Alum Creek State Park:

  • Earth Day Nature Hike – April 22, 1-4 p.m. Meet at the park office for a guided, 5-mile hike on the Rocks to Roots Trail. Trail difficulty is moderate. Boots are recommended due to muddy and wet conditions.
  • Earth Day Beach Cleanup – April 23, 1 p.m. Celebrate Earth Day weekend with a beach cleanup. Meet at the beach. Gloves and trash bags will be provided.
  • Earth Day Plant a Seed – April 24, 2 p.m. This youth event gives young visitors an opportunity to celebrate Earth Day weekend to plant seeds in a small pot they can take home.

Burr Oak State Park:

  • Earth Day Thankfulness Hike – April 22, 6 p.m. Join an evening hike to appreciate the gifts of nature. Meet at the boat ramp parking lot near the lodge.

Caesar Creek State Park:

  • Earth Day and Volunteer Day in the Park – April 23, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Join park staff for various volunteer service projects in the park. Email erin.shaw@dnr.ohio.govfor more information.

Deer Creek State Park:

  • Poetry in the Park – April 22, 2 p.m. Meet the park’s naturalist at the nature center to celebrate both Earth Day and National Poetry Month. Join the naturalist-led hike on Hawkview Meadow Trail to gain inspiration before creating your own nature poem. The trail is an easy, three-quarter mile hike.
  • Easter Campout – April 23, 11 a.m. to April 24, 4 p.m. Friends of Deer Creek State Park will hold its annual Easter Campout. Enjoy an Easter Egg Hunt and much more. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

Great Seal State Park:

  • Earth Day Wildflower Stroll – April 22, 4 p.m. The whole family will enjoy discovering the sights and sounds of spring on this 1.5-mile hike. After the hike, join a naturalist presentation and craft.

Hocking Hills State Park:

  • Earth Day – 1-2 p.m. Create a “seed bomb” to plant wildflowers for the pollinators and birds in your own back yard. Meet at the pollinator garden located next to the Old Man’s Cave Visitor Center.

Lake Hope State Park:

  • Off-Trail Trek – April 22, 10 a.m. Join this hardy, rugged 2-mile hike into an area of the park rarely seen by visitors. Appropriate footwear is encouraged for this hike which is rated difficult. Meet at Oak Point past the cabins.
  • Heron Hike – April 23, 10 a.m. Take an easy ½ mile walk to watch herons at the local rookery along the Moonville Rail Trail. Meet at the OH-278 and Little Sandy Trailhead.
  • Wetland Wade – April 24, 10 a.m. Explore the wetland creatures and learn about the importance of their roles in the ecosystem. Meet at Hope Furnace. Rainboots are recommended.

Regardless of which Earth Day event you choose, sturdy shoes, weather appropriate clothing, and water are recommended for all participants.
To learn more about Earth Day activities, click here. For details about a specific event, contact the park office directly.

Ohio State Parks Photo Contest

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(Columbus)- It’s that time of year for “shutterbugs” to enter the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Ohio State Parks Photo Contest.

Submit your photos by March 28th from your adventures in our #OhioStateParks and get the chance to win some awesome prizes.

Anyone who is at least 18 years old can enter. Enter up to 5 photos in any of the following categories: Wildlife in Action, Recreation in the Parks, Wondrous Water, Novice Naturalist, and Explore Trails.

Extraordinary prizes, including a portable Oru Kayak will be awarded to the winner.

Entries will be accepted now through March 28th, 2022 at 11:59pm EST. 

Judges will review photos and select winners for first, second, and third prize from April 1, 2022 to May 5, 2022.

Anyone can vote for the People’s Choice Award between now through May 5th, 2022 at 5pm EST. 

To enter the contest, CLICK HERE:

New Playgrounds Installed at 10 Ohio State Parks

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COLUMBUS, Ohio- The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is investing in fun new features for children to enjoy at Ohio State Parks.  From slides to swings, new playground equipment has been installed at ten parks.

              Cowan Lake State Park                                Strouds Run State Park
“My wife, Fran, and I have made so many memories with our children and grandchildren at Ohio State Parks,” said Governor Mike DeWine.  “Investments in new playgrounds and Storybook Trails will give families more opportunities to enjoy Ohio’s treasured parks for years to come.”

“We want to make sure everyone, young and old, can come and find something to enjoy at Ohio State Parks,” ODNR Director Mary Mertz said.   “Recently, we have been updating our nature centers and adding Storybook Trails, and now we have added additional playground equipment to keep our youngest guests happy, healthy, and active during their visits.”
Each state park received a climbing structure, slide(s), tubes or bridges, and four swings. Most of the parks also added climbing rocks to their playgrounds.

The following state parks received new equipment: A.W. Marion State Park, Buckeye Lake State Park, Cowan Lake State Park, East Fork State Park, Geneva State Park, Indian Lake State Park, Maumee Bay State Park, Salt Fork State Park, Strouds Run State Park and Wolf Run State Park.

Alum Creek State Park
The gear for the playgrounds was purchased from Snider Recreation, a family-owned and operated playground and recreation business based in Ohio. Division of Parks and Watercraft staff installed each of the new playgrounds for about $40,000 each.  Ohio State Parks’ general fund was used to purchase the new equipment.
Ohio State Parks are open every day and are always free. Many offer a variety of activities such as boating, camping, hiking, and more. To learn more, visit ohiodnr.gov.
The ODNR Division of Parks and Watercraft provides exceptional outdoor recreation and boating opportunities by balancing outstanding customer service, education, and conservation of Ohio’s 75 state parks and waterways.