Frog Fridays are Back!
Apr
14
7:45pm 7:45pm

Frog Fridays are Back!

Spring is here!  With that, we will be resuming our popular Frog Friday programs.  Beginning Friday, April 14, we will meet at the Highlands Park Wetlands at 7:45 p.m. for a short presentation followed by ample exploration time (until around 9 W.m.).  If you want to test your frog catching skills, nets will be provided.  We suggest you bring a flashlight, wear old shoes and dress for the weather.  We hope to see you then!  

Check our Volunteer & Events frequently for other Frog Friday dates throughout the spring.  Thanks to the Westerville Parks and Recreation Department for supporting this fun and educational event!

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Oct
22
8:00am 8:00am

Make a Difference Day at Boyer Nature Preserve 2016

On Saturday, October 22, MAD Scientist Associates will be working with the City of Westerville Parks & Recreation Dept. and FACT to host the annual Make a Difference Day event at Boyer Nature Preserve in Westerville, Ohio.  We'll be continuing the battle against invasive species in the Preserve, mainly targeting bush honeysuckle.  Planting native trees and shrubs in the place of the non-native plants we remove will be our focus. 

This is a family-friendly and group-friendly event, so bring yourselves and everyone you know! There's lots to do.

The event will run from 9:00-12:30. You'll have plenty of time to nap before the OSU game at 8:00pm!

Boyer Nature Preserve is located at:  452 E Park St., Westerville, OH 43081

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Sep
30
8:00am 8:00am

Mark Speaking at Flora Quest 2016

Mark Dilley will be the morning speaker for Flora Quest 2016.  His talk is entitled Wetland Plants: Twenty to Thrill, Five to Kill - a must attend opportunity!  Local expert Jim McCormac will talk about Lake Erie: Ohio's North Coast and refuge manager Jason Lewis will share about the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge: Conserving the Future and Connecting People to Nature.

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May
26
6:00pm 6:00pm

MAD will be at Party at the Creek!

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Party at the Creek returns tomorrow, May 26 from 6-8 p.m. at Alum Creek Park North, 221 W. Main Street. Featuring tours of scenic green spaces and waterways, canoeing, food and entertainment, Party at the Creek showcases the natural treasures of our local environment in community block-party style.  MAD Scientist Associates will bring some nature to you with close up views of critters from Alum Creek.  Look for us!

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May
21
10:00am10:00am

2016 Wetland Workshop

Join the Westerville Parks & Recreations Dept. and MAD Scientist Associates for its 17th annual Wetland Workshop!

This FREE, fun, family-oriented workshop will be led by local Professional Wetland Scientist, Mark Dilley. Exploration stations will be set-up along the Highlands Park walking path where attendants can learn about different aspects of wetland life, make fun crafts, and even get in the water to look for aquatic wildlife!

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May
19
2:30pm 2:30pm

Final Frog Friday - May 20

Mark your calendars, we'll be running our final FROG FRIDAY at Highlands Park on May 20 from 8:00 - 9:00pm!  Mark has reported two new species of frogs for 2016 at the Highlands Park wetland- gray treefrog (Hyla versicolor) and spring peeper (Pseudacris crucifer). 

Join us for a glimpse of these (and hopefully many other) creatures! This event is FREE and family-friendly 

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May
6
8:00pm 8:00pm

May 6 Frog Friday

Mark your calendars, we'll be running another FROG FRIDAY at Highlands Park on May 6 from 8:00 - 9:00pm!  Mark has reported two new species of frogs for 2016 at the Highlands Park wetland- gray treefrog (Hyla versicolor) and spring peeper (Pseudacris crucifer). 

Join us for a glimpse of these (and hopefully many other) creatures! This event is FREE and family-friendly 

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Apr
23
10:00am10:00am

Help us take care of our wetlands for EARTH DAY AT HIGHLANDS PARK

Come support your local wetlands this Earth Day by joining MAD Scientist Associates and the City of Westerville for a litter clean-up and planting event at Highlands Park! We will be giving parts of the recently established wetlands some TLC with new native plantings (plugs and shrubs), and performing a litter clean-up. 

The event will take place on Saturday, April 23rd from 10:00am -12:00 noon at Highlands Park in Westerville.

Once all the work is finished, stick around to explore the wetlands. Several species of frog and toads have been observed, as well as herons, hawks, and waterfowl. 

This is a family-friendly event. All tools needed for planting will be provided. Please wear long pants and boots or shoes you don't mind getting muddy. Refreshments will be provided.

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Apr
22
8:00pm 8:00pm

EARTH DAY FROG FRIDAY

This Friday (April 22) is going to be HUGE! For starters, it's officially Earth Day, and to celebrate that, we'll be hosting not one, but two Friday events!  Our second event will be hosting another FROG FRIDAY at Highlands Park from 8:00-9:00pm! We anticipate lots of amphibians after a week of warm temperatures and rain.  This event is family friendly & FREE!

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Apr
22
11:30am11:30am

EARTH DAY WILDFLOWER WALK

This Friday (April 22) is going to be HUGE! For starters, it's officially Earth Day, and to celebrate that, we'll be hosting not one, but two events!  Our first event will be a picnic lunch and wildflower walk will begin at 11:30am, meeting at the Alum Creek Park (off Main St. in Westerville). If you'd like to join us, please bring a packed lunch and wear comfortable shoes.  This event is family friendly & FREE!

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Oct
24
9:00am 9:00am

Boyer Nature Preserve - Make a Difference Day!

Want to enjoy the outdoors and make a difference in the Westerville community?  Join MAD Scientist Associates, City of Westerville Parks & Recreation, and FACT for Make a Difference Day at Boyer Nature Preserve on Saturday, October 24 from 9:00am to 12:30 pm.  We will work on invasive plant removal and native plantings.  Refreshments will be available.  Questions?  Contact Jenny Adkins at jennya@madscientistassociates.net.  Check our Facebook page for additional information. 

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Oct
3
10:00am10:00am

Westerville - Spring Valley Greenway Grand Opening

On Saturday, October 3, please join MAD Scientist Associates, City of Westerville Parks & Recreation, and Ohio EPA for the dedication and grand opening of the Spring Valley Greenway.  This event will include a volunteer planting opportunity, invasives control, waterway education, stream exploration, and a wildflower giveaway!  Take Cleveland Ave (N of W. Main St) to make a left on Hannawalt Rd to Lookout Ridge Drive and follow signs to the stream site.  Check our Facebook page for additional updates.

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Wetland Workshop
May
16
9:00am 9:00am

Wetland Workshop

Join the City of Westerville Parks & Recreations Dept. and MAD Scientist & Associates for its 16th annual Wetlands Workshop!  This FREE, fun, family-oriented workshop will be led by local Professional Wetland Scientist Mark Dilley. Exploration stations will be set-up along the High-lands Park walking path where attendants can learn about different aspects of wetland life, make fun crafts, and even get in the water to look for aquatic wildlife! 

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Spring Valley Planting Workday
May
2
9:00am 9:00am

Spring Valley Planting Workday

We need your help to continue the enhancement the riparian corridor of Spring Valley. In March, we successfully removed invasive shrubs like bush honeysuckle along the banks of the enhancement areas. We now need to replace them with native trees and shrubs, in order to stabilize the banks. Lots of in-stream work has occurred since our last workday, so if you're interested in seeing the project in its final stages, join us for a quick tour, and stick around to plant some trees! 

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Spring Valley Workday
Mar
28
9:00am 9:00am

Spring Valley Workday

We need your help to enhance the riparian corridor of Spring Valley. We'll be working to remove invasive shrubs like bush honeysuckle, and replacing them with native trees and shrubs. This will be broken into two events, so if you're feeling especially charitable (or just want to enjoy the spring weather), we'd love to have you out for both!

The first event will take place on:  Saturday, March 28th, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

We will focus on removing honeysuckle and other invasive plant species, in preparation for new plantings. A native seed mix will be applied once the areas have been cleared of invasive species.

The second event for planting will be announced soon.  

Before getting to work, we will meet along the walking path, just north of Maebelle Way, to brief participants on the project and give directions for the event.  We'll provide necessary tools, but if you prefer using your own, feel free to bring them too! Remember to dress in layers in case it's still chilly out.  We hope to see you there! 

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