The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the Portage Park District and the Northeast Ohio Chapter of The Nature Conservancy will co-host a series of hikes Oct. 5 at Kent and Triangle Lake Bog state nature preserves, Morgan Preserve, which is managed by the Portage Park District, and The Nature Conservancy’s Herrick Fen State Nature Preserve. These hikes are designed to educate visitors on these unique, vanishing wetlands.
Participants can choose to participate in one or several Portage County hikes:
· 10 a.m., Kent Bog State Nature Preserve, located at 1028 Meloy Road in Kent;
· 11:30 a.m., Triangle Lake Bog State Nature Preserve, located at 3612 Sandy Lake Road in Ravenna;
· 1 p.m., Morgan Preserve located on Nicodemus Road about .4 miles east of Route 44 in Shalersville Township; and
· 2:30 p.m., Herrick Fen State Nature Preserve located on Seasons Road 2.2 miles west of Route 43 in Streetsboro.
Ohio has lost more than 90 percent of its original wetlands since European settlement, according to the ODNR. By visiting some of Ohio’s most fragile wetlands, visitors will be able to gain a valuable understanding of the benefits and beauty of these rare natural features.