Aullwood Audubon Center September Calendar

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Aullwood September calendar at a glance

Through September 7 – Aullwood is a Blue Star Museum (Center and Farm)

Through September 13 – A Secret Garden Art Quilt Exhibit (Center)

September 3, 10, 17, 24 – Morning Discovery Walks For Adults, 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. (Center)

September 5 – Farm Feeding Frenzy – Farm Walk, 2:30 p.m. (Farm)

September 6 – Aullwood Draft Horse Wagon Rides, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. (Farm)

September 6, 13, 19, 20 – Tallgrass Prairie Walks, 2:30 p.m. (Center)

September 7 – Labor Day Aullwood Closed

September 12 – Honey Harvest, 2:00 p.m. (Farm)

September 15 – Chipmunk Adventures – Fall is FALLING, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Center)

September 19 – Autumn Affair at Aullwood, 6:30 p.m. (Farm)

September 26 & 27 – Apple Fest, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Farm)

September 28 – Post Apple Fest (Aullwood Closed)

General admission is $5/adult and $3/child unless otherwise noted with an asterisk (*). Members of Friends of Aullwood and National Audubon Society are admitted free. Aullwood Center programs are held at 1000 Aullwood Road. Aullwood Farm programs are held at 9101 Frederick Pike. Call (937) 890-7360 for more information. Read more on our website

September is a time for beautiful seasonal changes and lots of fun and excitement at Aullwood. Come to Aullwood Farm and enjoy a draft horse drawn wagon ride. Join the Morning Discovery Walk for Adults every Thursday and learn more about the natural world. Celebrate the season in style by attending Autumn Affair at Aullwood and experience the bounty of the earth at Aullwood’s Apple Fest.

Aullwood is a Blue Star Museum

Aullwood is one of more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense. From Memorial Day, May 25th, 2015 through Labor Day, September 7th, 2015, Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm offers free admission through this program to military members or spouses and up to five family members.

1. Any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or DD Form 1173-1 ID card which includes active duty U.S. military – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard

2. Members of the National Guard and Reserve and members of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and NOAA Commissioned Corps

A Secret Garden Art Quilt Exhibit

A Secret Garden…what magical words these are! A childhood fantasy of imaginative outdoor play. An adult retreat of beauty and peace. What flowers, birds, animals and insects might find a home in this secret place? A secret garden might be a coral reef, a cathedral of towering trees or a woodland glade with diminutive wildflowers. Artists from across the United States share their special places with us during Aullwood’s 23rd Annual Art Quilt Exhibit continuing through September 13 at the Marie S. Aull Education Center.

Morning Discovery Walks For Adults

Thursdays, September 3, 10, 17, 24 from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. A weekly walk along Aullwood’s beautiful trails reveals many new and exciting discoveries. Join Tom Hissong, Education Coordinator, to experience the wonderful seasonal changes taking place at Aullwood. Bring binoculars! (Center)

Farm Feeding Frenzy – Farm Walk

Saturday, September 5, at 2:30 p.m. This experience is more than an educational walk – you get to do hands-on work! Come along with Aullwood’s Farm Naturalist to meet the animals, pet them, and learn how to do chores on the farm. Give hay to the horses, water the rabbits, grain the pigs, and more! Wear clothes that can get dirty and come be a farmer for a day! (Farm)

Aullwood Draft Horse Pulled Wagon Rides

Sunday, September 6, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. Join Red and Mick, Aullwood’s draft horse team, and Farmer Bill for a relaxing tour of Aullwood Farm on a wagon drawn by horse power. This is a great way to explore Aullwood Farm for the first time or to view it from a new perspective. Fees for the program are $1/person. Non-members must pay admission to the farm in addition to the wagon ride fees. Each ride lasts about 30 minutes. (Farm)

Tallgrass Prairie Walks

Saturdays and Sundays, September 6, 13, 19, 20, at 2:30 p.m. Experience a bit of Ohio’s rich natural history as we explore the beautiful Aullwood prairie. Learn about prairie plants and animals and the importance of the tallgrass ecosystem. September is a great time to come out to Aullwood and enjoy the beauty of the prairie. (Center)

Aullwood’s Adventure Preschool – September 15 through December 15

Fall is a wonderful time for youngsters to come to Aullwood to discover the natural world and the farm with our Chipmunk Adventure Classes for children 2 – 5 years old. Fall is FALLING is the first class on Tuesday, September 15, 10:30 am – 12:00. Children enrolled in Aullwood’s Adventure Preschool classes will enjoy outdoor experiences, stories, songs, crafts and Aullwood’s live animals. Children should be dressed for all possible weather conditions because we will go outside every week unless severe weather threatens. Two adults will be with the children and safety is a top priority. Classes will be held at the Marie S. Aull Education Center unless otherwise noted for Aullwood Farm. For information call (937) 890-7360.

Autumn Affair at Aullwood

Autumn Affair at Aullwood will be an exciting evening on September 19 at the Charity A. Krueger Farm Discovery Center. This gala event is hosted by the Friends of Aullwood board of trustees. The night will be upscale with wonderful delights — delicious food including Aullwood Farm’s sustainably raised meats, a lovely quilt exhibit and raffle, and a lively silent and live auction hosted by Jim Bucher! The festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. with food, wine, and music from The Corndrinkers. Patrons may view the quilts, silent auction items, and explore the amazing live auction trips to Montana and South Africa.

Organize a table with several of your friends to share this special evening! Funds raised at Autumn Affair support Aullwood’s educational programs for Dayton’s regional children. The cost is $100/person. Grand patrons are $150/person. Call 890-7360 for your reservation.

Aullwood Apple Fest

Enjoy an apple feast and so much more at Aullwood Apple Fest! Spend the day at Aullwood Farm on September 26 and 27 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm and enjoy all the sights, sounds and delicious aromas of Apple Fest. Sample apple pie baked in a Dutch oven, freshly pressed cider, apple dumplings, apple butter, lemon shakes, kettle corn, fish boats, cabbage rolls, pizza, corn-on-the-cob, lamb chili, grilled cheese sandwiches, sugar waffles and home-made ice cream!

Fun children’s activities will keep the little ones entertained with games and crafts, the PNC Mobile Learning Adventure, and the University of Dayton River Mobile featuring hands-on activities related to the Great Miami River watershed. Everyone enjoys a visit with farm animal friends and a tractor or draft horse pulled wagon ride. Johnny Appleseed will stroll the festival grounds on Saturday and Sunday – always a festival highlight. Artisans and craft exhibitors will offer needle crafts, animal masks, sand art, garden ornaments, painted pumpkins, wood crafts, soaps and lotions, woven items, jewelry and more. Truly, Aullwood Apple Fest has something for everyone.

Apple Fest is sponsored by PNC, Cargill, Enterprise Roofing & Sheet Metal, Western Ohio Graphics, Scene 75 Entertainment Center, Riverdale Optimist Club and The Studio Fitness.

Admission: $5/adult, $3/child; (ages 3 & under free); Friends of Aullwood members are free with membership card.

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Reach the Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm at 890-2382.

Reach the Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm at 890-2382.