Land, Air and Water Prairie Series  LbNA # 34755 (ARCHIVED)

Placed DateSep 3 2007
LocationLondon, OH
Planted Byhuntin-dogs    
Found By Wee Walkers
Last Found Jan 18 2008
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Land, Air and Water Prairie Series

“Land, Air, and Water” Prairie Series
Gwynne Conservation Area
Arbuckle Road, London, Ohio

Difficulty: Easy
Time: 20 minutes or more depending on how long you hike around!
Bring: Stamp pad or markers, compass, pen or pencil
Optional but highly recommended: Picnic Lunch and a trash bag to use for your own picnic trash and to use as an excuse to be hiking out on the prairie.
1 pace = 2 steps

Getting there: From Interstate 70 get off at Rt. 42 and head south. Take the first exit to St. Rt. 40 and head west. Turn north onto Rt. 38 at the light. Arbuckle is the first left hand turn (west) off of 38. You will see a sign for the Conservation Area. Turn right into the small parking lot and park at the far eastern end.

Try to hit this one on a weekend or in the evening. There may be school groups here during the week. Absolutely do NOT go during the Farm Science Review (middle of September…18-20 this year) as there will be farmers crawling all over the place and the traffic on Rt. 40 will stop you in your tracks! I’m not completely comfortable with this placement, but these guys begged to be placed out on the prairie and this was as far out as I dared put them. There are no facilities here, but there is an easy, relatively flat hiking trail that takes you down to Deer Creek. You’ll start from the parking lot to find the boxes, where you'll see a large field of Big Bluestem prairie grass to the left and Indian Grass beyond that is lighter in color, but if you do head on back to the cabin, you’ll see that the back deck and the stairs leading to the trail are all made of recycled milk jugs! Follow the stairs down the hill and back along the trail and you’ll see a nice example of the hardwood and walnut plantations that are being cared for here. This trail will come right back up to the west side of the cabin if you follow it all the way around. I didn’t place any boxes back here. I just thought it was too close to that cabin.

#1 Land ~ From the easternmost corner of the parking lot, take a 90* reading and walk 52 paces across the grassy area (where baby nut trees are being raised) to the corner of the piney woods. You should be able to see a fence with a sign on your right. Walk to the fence and read all about Ohio’s 400 different kinds of valuable soils. Take a seat at the back of the “classroom” in the center of the center bench. Face the woods and taking 10 paces at 210*, you may find one of Ohio’s most famous land inhabitants bedded down for the day. Rehide well so teacher can’t see!

#2 Air ~ Now go to the west end of the fence in front of the “classroom” and take 23 paces at 60*. Hiding well out of sight under two logs and some brush will be a famous flyer who would much rather be zooming around the field of wild flowers to the west. Rehide well!

#3 Water ~ From the woods, walk west to the gravel drive and admire the field of wild flowers our last friend would rather be buzzing in. Take a rest at the picnic shelter and look around. There is a small grouping of evergreens here, but only 2 of what we call “cemetery trees”. Deep in the base of the smaller northeastern tree is our water fellow trying mightily to flip his way into that farm pond. Again, stamp in and rehide well, especially here, as this guy is just too close to human contact for comfort.

Hope you enjoy your day and remember to pack your trash out with you. Please let me know how these guys are doing, they are near and dear to my heart!