Aullwood Audubon Center August Calendar

Staff report

BUTLER TOWNSHIP — Below is the August 2015 Calendar of events for the Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm.

Aullwood’s August 2015 Schedule 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)

July 27 – August 7 – Summer Earth Adventures final classes (Center and Farm)

July 31 – Once In A Blue Moon – Full Moon Walk, 8:30 – 10:00 p.m. (Center)

August 1 – FREE ADMISSION DAY AT AULLWOOD (Farm and Center)

August 1 – Olde Fashioned Family Sundae, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. (Farm)

August 1 – Aullwood Draft Horse Wagon Rides, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. (Farm)

August 1 – Ohio Prairie Conference, 9:00 – 4:30 p.m. (Center)

August 1, 2, 9, 16, 22, 23 – Tallgrass Prairie Walks, 2:30 p.m. (Center)

August 6, 13, 20, 27 – Morning Discovery Walks for Adults, 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. (Center)

August 15 – Egg-Sational – Farm Walk, 2:30 p.m. (Farm)

August 29 – Prairie Moon – August Full Moon Walk, 8:30 – 10:00 p.m. (Center)

General admission is $5/adult and $3/child. Members of Friends of Aullwood and National Audubon Society are admitted free. Call (937) 890-7360 for more information.


Use all of your senses to experience an August day at Aullwood! Use touch the wet nose of a newborn calf, taste a dip of Graeters’ ice cream at the Olde Fashioned Family Sundae, see beautiful flowers on a Tallgrass Prairie Walk, listen to insect sounds during a Walk in the Light of August’s Full Moon, or smell the freshness of newly cut hay at Aullwood’s farm.

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 25, 2015 through Labor Day, September 7, 2015, Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm offers free admission through this program to:

1. Any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC)

2. Any bearer of a DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID)

3. Any bearer of a DD Form 1173-1 ID card which includes active duty U.S. military – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard

4. Members of the National Guard and Reserve

5. Members of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and NOAA Commissioned Corps

Groups may include the military member or spouse and up to five family members. Read more at our website

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.

Summer Earth Adventures – Where the Wild Things Are

Aullwood’s Summer Earth Adventures classes are nearing a close and children are having a blast doing farm chores, exploring the creek, searching the woods and learning all about our dynamic planet! Summer Earth Adventures are fun weeklong classes with hands-on activities and lots of exploration at the Center or Farm. Classes are still available for children entering 1st – 7th grades. A few classes are available, so sign up today by calling (937) 890-7360. Look for our brochure on our website Final session is Session VIII – August 3 – 7.

Once In A Blue Moon – Full Moon Walk

Friday, July 31 from 8:30 to 10:00 p.m. Is it time for another blue moon? Yep, they only happen once in a blue moon. Join an Aullwood Naturalist for an incredible walk in the light of the blue moon. Is it really blue? Learn about blue moon legends and discover how often a blue moon occurs. (Center)


Saturday, August 1 is a FREE DAY at Aullwood both at the Charity A. Krueger Farm Discovery Center and the Marie S. Aull Education Center. Come out and enjoy the trails, explore the barns and see the animals!

14th Annual Olde Fashioned Family Sundae

Saturday, August 1 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m at the Charity A. Krueger Farm Discovery Center is our Annual Olde Fashioned Family Sundae. We are pleased to announce that Graeter’s Ice Cream is our Official Ice Cream Sponsor! This community ice cream social is a “must do” for everyone. Admission is free at the Farm and the Nature Center all day! Visitors may explore Aullwood’s trails, or visit the century-old bank barn to observe our farm animals. Guests may walk in the herb and vegetable gardens, relax on the shaded porches in rocking chairs or enjoy a wagon ride for a modest fee of $1/person. There are lots of hands-on exhibits in The Farm Discovery Center as well as The Nature Center.

There is a nominal charge of $3.00 for each ice cream sundae with lots of toppings to choose from! All proceeds benefit Aullwood’s environmental education programs for children. The Olde Fashioned Family Sundae is made possible with support from Graeter’s Ice Cream, Butler Township Trustees, the City of Vandalia, the City of Union, and Kleptz YMCA.

Aullwood Draft Horse Pulled Wagon Rides

Saturday, August 1, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Join Red and Mick, Aullwood’s draft horse team, and Farmer Bill for a relaxing tour of Aullwood’s farm on a wagon drawn by horse power. This is a unique way to explore the farm for the first time or to view the land from a new perspective. Fees for the program are $1/person. This is a FREE admission day at Aullwood! Each ride lasts about 30 minutes. (Farm)

Ohio Prairie Conference

Saturday, August 1, from 9:00 to 4:30 p.m. Join The Ohio Prairie Association as they hold their annual conference at Aullwood’s Marie S. Aull Education Center. This will be one of the best Ohio Prairie Conferences, right where modern Ohio prairie creations and restorations began! Visit the website for more information – Fee for the conference only is $15 and $22.50 for conference and lunch. (Center)

Tallgrass Prairie Walks

Saturdays and Sundays, August 1, 2, 9, 16, 22, 23 at 2:30 p.m. Experience a bit of Ohio’s rich natural heritage on a Naturalist led exploration of Aullwood’s prairie. Learn about prairie plants and animals and the importance of this tallgrass ecosystem. (Center)

Morning Discovery Walks for Adults

Thursdays, August 6, 13, 20, 27 from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. Join Tom Hissong, Education Coordinator, on a weekly walk along our beautiful trails to explore the amazing summer changes taking place at Aullwood. Bring binoculars! (Center)

Egg-Sational – Farm Walk

Saturday, August 15 at 2:30 p.m. Who came first – the chicken or the egg? Why do turkeys gobble? Is there a difference between white and brown eggs? Discover the answers by taking a close look at our unique fowl – chickens and turkeys. Explore the life of a chicken by touching her feathers and collecting eggs. Meet Aullwood’s heritage turkeys and the turkeys that are being raised for Thanksgiving dinner. Create a fun bird craft. Who knows, maybe you will be gobbling all the way home! (Farm)

Prairie Moon – August Full Moon Walk

Saturday, August 29 from 8:30 to 10:00 p.m. August brings summer to its maturity. The Tall Bluestem grasses in the prairie have reached towering heights. Insect sounds fill the night. Join an Aullwood Naturalist for a relaxing, cooling night walk in the light of the Prairie Moon. (Center)

Staff report

Reach the Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm at (937) 890-7360 or

Reach the Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm at (937) 890-7360 or