Dec
8
10:00 AM10:00

Family Workshop Series: Winter Wonderland

It's beginning to feel a lot like... well, probably fall still. But that doesn't mean we can't get excited about the changes taking place in our forest. Come explore our woods and learn about how different plants and animals adapt to the cold. Suggested donation of $20/family. Please sign up so we can make sure to have enough materials available.

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Dec
6
12:00 PM12:00

Winter Potluck

Join us to celebrate the end of the semester with this amazing community, music, a bonfire and potluck. 

Welcoming interested members however registration is required. Location details available to members and upon registration! 

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Nov
29
10:00 AM10:00

Book Club Party

Join us as we discuss this semester's book club choice, Wishtree by Katherine Applegate. Wishtree is a book that is geared at middle grade readers but can be scaled down or up due to its rich content. It is also available as an audiobook. We will explore themes of the book with hands on science, art, and writing activities. Free play immediately following.

From amazon.com: “The New York Times-bestselling story of kindness, friendship, and hope. Trees can't tell jokes, but they can certainly tell stories. . . .Red is an oak tree who is many rings old. Red is the neighborhood "wishtree"―people write their wishes on pieces of cloth and tie them to Red's branches. Along with a crow named Bongo and other animals who seek refuge in Red's hollows, this wishtree watches over the neighborhood. You might say Red has seen it all. Until a new family moves in. Not everyone is welcoming, and Red's experience as a wishtree is more important than ever. Funny, deep, warm, and nuanced, this is Katherine Applegate at her very best―writing from the heart, and from a completely unexpected point of view.”

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Nov
17
10:00 AM10:00

Family Workshop Series: Habitat Helpers

We talk a lot about the harm people cause the natural world, but there are positive things people can do address that damage too! Come discover what we can do to give native species a helping hand on both public and private land. Suggested donation of $20/family. Please sign up so we can make sure to have enough materials available.

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Nov
15
10:00 AM10:00

Nature and Land Art

Join us as we learn and create art right in nature. Explore seeing in an whole new way and creating art with friends for this unforgettable experience. Free play immediately following.

Membership required to attend  this homeschool series. Location available for members! 

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Nov
7
to Nov 9

Fall Camp Out: Old Growth Forests

Join us for some cold weather camping and explore one of Kentucky's largest old growth forests. We will take a tour of Lily Cornett Woods (30 minutes away) and learn all about what an old growth forest looks like, what type of plants and animals live there and more about this vanishing ecosystem. 

Camping will be at Kingdom Come State Park and is limited to 8 families. Cost is $40/family for 2 nights. Membership is required to attend campouts. 

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Nov
1
10:00 AM10:00

Forest Invaders

Join us as we discuss how non-native plants and animals can alter the ecosystem by displacing native plants and what we can do about it. Followed immediately by free play in nature.

Membership required to attend this homeschool series. Location details available to members! 

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Oct
20
10:00 AM10:00

Family Workshop Series: Things That Go Bump in the Night

There are no goblins or ghosties here, but plenty of other creatures haunt our forest at night. Come learn about nocturnal animals and the adaptations they use to thrive when the lights go out. Suggested donation of $20/family. Please sign up so we can make sure to have enough materials available. Stay for a fun and full day of celebrating Red Oaks with bonfire, silent auction and music throughout the day!

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Oct
18
10:00 AM10:00

Predator-prey Populations

Join us as we explore the cycles of predators and their prey. See how each affects the other and how their interaction can create a cascade of unexpected impacts. Followed immediately by free play in nature!

Membership required to attend this homeschool series. Location details available to members!

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Oct
6
10:00 AM10:00

Family Workshop Series: Sensory Hike

Experience the forest with all your senses as you hike up to Sunset Point with naturalists Dan and Judi Dourson. Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and textures of the plants and animals around you as you learn more about the forest ecosystem. At Sunset Point, we will have a Silent Sit for 5 minutes where each participant will close their eyes and listen without talking to anyone. After the Silent Sit, share your what you heard, your thoughts and feelings. 

This is a moderate hike and about 1 mile total. All ages welcome. 

Suggested family donation of $20 for this event.

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Oct
4
10:00 AM10:00

Aldo Leopold's Land Ethic

Join us as we take a literary journey into the mind of Aldo Leopold, father of wildlife conservation, and learn more about how to think about the interconnectedness of the land and its creatures. Followed immediately by free play in nature.  

Membership required to attend this homeschool series. Location details available to members! 

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Sep
29
10:00 AM10:00

Family Workshop Series: Seedy Characters

Sneaky scheming plants are master strategists when it comes to launching their DNA into the next generation. Come explore how they do it, and how animals and people often participate whether they know it or not! Suggested donation of $20. Please register in advance so we can have enough materials ready!

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Sep
20
10:00 AM10:00

Let it Rot

Join us on our new campus as we dig into how decomposition makes it possible to enjoy the beauty of nature that we love!  Followed immediately by free play in nature.  

Membership required to attend this homeschool series. Location details available to members! 

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Aug
29
to Aug 31

Fall Kickoff Campout: Fun with Fossils at Caesar Creek State Park, OH

  • Caesar Creek State Park (map)
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Join us at Caesar Creek State Park as we kick off another season of Red Oaks Forest School and have some fun with Fossils. Or join us for the day and explore the large fossil bed area together and learn all about the life that once existed in this area. Fossils found are available to keep! 

Campouts are for members only. More info to come. Cost is $50 for two nights with the group. 

 

 

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Jul
21
9:00 AM09:00

River Clean Up at Cumberland Falls State Park

A SUP (Stand up paddle board) style clean up will be happening at Cumberland Falls State Park with equipment and lunch provided. Beachside is also an option for those not interested in being on the water. 

This is a free event! Registration is required to ensure access to watercraft and lunch. Please email us at registration@redoaksforestschool.org  Suggested donation of $5 is appreciated! 

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Jul
18
9:00 AM09:00

Bird Walk and Nest Box Monitoring

Join us at Raven Run for an early morning bird walk about to learn bird song as well as how to use the Ebird citizen science program. We will take a brief break for a snack and water before checking the bluebird nest boxes for baby birds around the property. 

Bird walk and talk will be at 9 am leaving from the visitor center.

Nest box monitoring will begin at 12 pm at the visitor center. 

It is not necessary to attend both events. 

Free event for all! Email us at registration@redoaksforestschool.org so we know to expect you. Suggested donation of $5 is appreciated! 

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Jul
14
9:30 AM09:30

Watershed Watch Stream Monitoring

Join us as we conduct our summer sampling of the tributaries of the Red River. We will conduct several stream measurements and see how you can get involved to monitor your local watershed. We will meet at the Red River Rockhouse parking lot. This event is limited to 10 kids and their families. Our local watershed watch coordinator will meet us afterward to talk a little bit more about how you can get involved and help monitor our waterways! 

Free event for all! Email us at registration@redoaksforestschool.org so we know to expect you. Suggested donation of $5 is appreciated! 

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Jul
8
9:00 AM09:00

Exotic Species Removal at McConnell Springs

Join us as we help the monumental effort of removing exotic species from the woods of McConnell Springs. Exotic species out compete native plants which interrupts the ecosystem processes naturally found in the area. Decreased diversity reduces ecosystem health therefore it is important to get in there, get dirty, and help remove the exotics in order to restore the native plants. We will work with the plot from 9 am - 12 pm. Join us at any time and stay to play!

Free event for all! Email us at registration@redoaksforestschool.org so we know to expect you. Suggested donation of $5 is appreciated! 

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Jun
30
9:30 AM09:30

Red River Clean UP

Join us on the river to clean up the trash that is dumped and carried through our precious waterways. Watercraft can be provided and bringing your own is also encouraged. More details for start time and location coming soon! 

Free event for all! Free event for all! Email us at registration@redoaksforestschool.org so we know to expect you. Suggested donation of $5 is appreciated! 

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Jun
27
9:00 AM09:00

Exotic Species Removal at McConnell Springs

Join us as we help the monumental effort of removing exotic species from the woods of McConnell Springs. Exotic species out compete native plants which interrupts the ecosystem processes naturally found in the area. Decreased diversity reduces ecosystem health therefore it is important to get in there, get dirty, and help remove the exotics in order to restore the native plants. We will work with the plot from 9 am - 12 pm. Join us at any time and stay to play!

Free event for all! Email us at registration@redoaksforestschool.org so we know to expect you. Suggested donation of $5 is appreciated! 

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Jun
3
10:30 AM10:30

Project Wild, Project Learning Tree and Friends of the Forest Teacher Certification

Join us on Morehead University's campus as we offer homeschool and public school educators an opportunity to learn how to engage kids of all ages on topics related to wildlife and conservation, trees and forests. The program will be 10 am - 4 pm and will include the associated curriculums and lunch. 

Members $67
Non-members $80

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May
30
to Jun 1

Bird Banding

Join us at UK's new research campus for a morning of bird banding. This promises to be an engaging opportunity for kids to get up close with the birds and learn more about why we band them. There will be 2 sessions for each day with 10 kids per session to maximize engagement and opportunity to work with the birds. Session A will be 7 - 9:30 am and Session B will be 8:30 - 11 am. 

$17/family for members, $25/family for non-members. Email us at registration@redoaksforestschool.org for your spot. First come, first served for this event. 

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May
16
to May 18

Spring Campout at Breaks Interstate Park

Join us for a campout in the heart of the Appalachians, where we will talk about elk restoration in Kentucky, swim in the Russell Fork River, hear birds singing their hearts out after just returning for spring, and discover so many interesting plants unique to the area. I am working on a trip to go see the Elk too!

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Apr
25
11:00 AM11:00

Citizen Science and Nature Photography

Tina will be leading a citizen science day April 25th from 11 am - 3 pm that combines art and science. While discovering new species and recording them for science, we will also incorporate basic photography techniques to make our photos stand out. This limited availability program is best suited to kids 10+ with an interest in photography. Any camera will work including a phone. Location to be determined. 

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Apr
4
9:00 AM09:00

Canoe the KY River

Join us for a canoe trip down the KY River. We will leave from Raven Run and all others not interested or who are on the waiting list, you are welcome to meet up at Raven Run for our normal meet up time at 1 pm for some fun. 

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