Ashland announces 'Naturalist on Duty' summer program

The free program will teach about “Seasonality and Change in Wetland Habitants.”
The free program will teach about “Seasonality and Change in Wetland Habitants.” | File photo

Ashland University’s Environmental Studies Center has announced that its will host “Naturalist on Duty” events every second Saturday of the month this summer. 

There will be four total events,all of which are free and open to the public.

The come-when-you-can events are meant to be casual and promote the opportunity for anyone, no matter their age, to learn about “Seasonality and Change in Wetland Habitants.” The programs will begin at noon and continue until 3 p.m. on May 14, June 11, July 19 and Aug. 13. Administrators of the event are asking that any participant under the age of 16 be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Dr. Patricia Saunders, Ashland University’s associate professor of biology and director of the environmental science, program developed the program with Amanda Kriner of the Richland County Park District. Kriner graduated from Ashland in 2013 with a degree in environmental science and biology.

Saunders and Kriner worked together to find and recruit volunteers to answer questions and discuss seasonal changes in the wetlands and surrounding habitats with visitors. Some of the discussions could include awakening from hibernation, wetland flooding, seasonal metamorphosis, mating seasons and bird migrations.

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