Aullwood announces its June events

Staff Report

Celebrate Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm’s 60th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee - Aullwood en Blanc Saturday, June 24, from 6 – 11 p.m. at at RiverScape MetroPark Pavilion.

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Local children enjoy ‘Fun at the Farm’ exploring the pond.

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A ruby throated hummingbird is one of the many species of birds that frequent Aullwood.

Photo by Ruhikant Meetei

BUTLER TWP. — June brings the first day of summer on the 21st. Enjoy a draft horse pulled wagon ride, help count Aullwood’s breeding birds, or join the family-friendly pollinator celebration Bees ‘n Aull.

Parents can help their children develop a deeper sense of wonder for the earth by enrolling them in the popular Summer Earth Adventures classes that begin in June. Join us in celebrating Aullwood 60th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee at Aullwood en Blanc on Saturday, June 24th at RiverScape MetroPark Pavilion.

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 the website

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. Aullwood will offer free admission to active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reservists and their families from June 1 through September 3. See the list of museums at

The Faerie Houses of Aullwood

Beginning June 1 – Come enjoy the Faerie Birds of Aullwood, a series of six beautifully crafted faerie houses installed along the Birds, Flight, and Wrights Trail near the Marie S. Aull Education Center. Built by long-time volunteers Judi Hill, Janie Gehman, Kathy Anderson, and Jen Basinger with guidance from Aullwood’s Executive Director, Alexis Faust, these delightful faerie houses were each designed to attract a very specific type of bird and were constructed with lots of recycled materials. Each bird is native to Ohio. Test your bird identification skills, match the correct local bird to each faerie house, and a prize awaits. (Center)

Self-Guided Morning Discovery Walks for Adults

Thursdays, June 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Explore Aullwood on a weekly walk along our beautiful trails to see the wonderful seasonal changes taking place in nature. Bring binoculars. Meet in the lobby. (Center)

Five Senses Forest Walk

Saturday, June 3 starting at 2:30 p.m. Enjoy a guided nature walk on Aullwood’s accessible Birds, Flight and the Wrights Trail. This slow, leisurely stroll is designed especially for those with mobility issues/vision loss and is led by Nenita, Aullwood’s Volunteer Coordinator and a stroke survivor. This trail is 4/10th of a mile, is paved and offers benches along the way where visitors can sit and pause to enjoy the view and see what nature is offering us to discover that day. After the outdoor exploration, enjoy some punch and cookies. (Center)

Aullwood’s Breeding Bird Census

Sunday, June 4 starting at 6:30 a.m. Each June Aullwood’s naturalists conduct a census of the breeding birds found in the sanctuary. Starting early in the morning listen, watch and count the different species and discover how many birds live here. Data from the annual breeding bird census enables Aullwood to manage its sanctuary for a rich diversity of birds. Come and help count the birds. (Center)

Free Admission

Sunday, June 4, admission to Aullwood’s Farm and Nature Center is free for all from 1 – 5 p.m. Bring your family and friends to explore six miles of trails, meet animals, enjoy a wagon ride or look for native birds. (Farm and Center)

Aullwood Draft Horse Wagon Rides

Come enjoy wagon rides from 1 – 2:30 p.m. at the farm on Sunday, June 4. Join Red and Mick, Aullwood’s draft horse team, for a relaxing tour of Aullwood Farm on a wagon drawn by horse power. Fees for the program are $1/person. Each ride lasts about 30 minutes. (Farm)

*Summer Earth Adventures 2017

Aullwood’s popular Summer Earth Adventures classes are coming soon. The theme this year is ‘Jump Into Nature!’ Join in for a fun-filled summer exploring the many natural habitats at Aullwood including woodland, marsh, pond, stream, prairie and farm. Classes include hands-on activities, crafts, and games for children age 2 through 8th grade.

The 2017 Summer Earth Adventures weekly classes will be held the following weeks:

• Session 1 – June 5 – 9,

• Session II – June 12 – 16

• Session III – June 19 – 22

• Session IV – June 26 – June 30

• Session V – July 10– 14

• Session VI – July 17 – 21

• Session VII – July 24 – 28

• Session VIII – July 31 – August 4

If you would like to assist with classes, Aullwood is also seeking volunteer assistants (ages 14 and up) to help with Summer Earth Adventures. Volunteer assistants lend a hand with a variety of tasks to help the teacher provide an exciting class for youngsters. If you would like more information on becoming a teacher or volunteer assistant for the 2017 Summer Earth Adventures classes contact Nenita Lapitan at

Hey Ewe There Farm Walk

Saturday, June 10 starting at 2:30 p.m. Did you know one year’s growth of fleece produces 8 pounds of wool? Or a lamb identifies its mother by her bleat? Visit Aullwood’s sheep up close and learn how to feed them. Find out how to card, wash and felt wool into something unique. Touch and feel a variety of sheep wool and complete a sheep craft to go along with it. Don’t have a baa-d day, come to the farm. (Farm)

Pond Hoppers Walk

Sunday, June 11 starting at 2:30 p.m. Fish, turtles and frogs are just some of the creatures that like to live in Aullwood’s bluegill pond. Explore the wonders of the water world by using nets, strainers and hands to capture wetland creatures. After identifying what was caught they will be released back to the pond. Aullwood will provide nets and strainers. (Center)

Water Cycle Family Activity

Saturday, June 17 starting at 2:30 p.m. Become a raindrop and see where the water cycle journey takes you. Will you travel to the ocean, become a cloud, be part of a stream or travel through a plant or animal? Record your own personal journey on a bracelet you get to take home. This is program is recommended for families to enjoy together. (Center)

*Aullwood en Blanc

On Saturday, June 24, from 6 – 11 p.m., The Friends of Aullwood invite you to celebrate Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm’s 60th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee – Aullwood en Blanc. This truly unique evening of extraordinary music, performance and delicious cuisine is being held at RiverScape MetroPark Pavilion in downtown Dayton for the first time.

“Join us as we honor you, your support of Aullwood, and the diverse and extraordinary talents of the youth in our community,” said Alexis R. Faust, Executive Director, Aullwood Audubon Center & Farm.

All White Attire Required. You can dress fun and casual, or elegant and formal. As long as your wardrobe is all white for Aullwood en Blanc, then you’re ready to shine. (Looking for ideas on what to wear? Try the Aullwood en Blanc Pinterest page) Complimentary valet parking and one complimentary drink per attendee included. Cash bar available. Individual tickets are $135. Purchase your tickets at now or RSVP by June 16 via email to or by phone at (937) 890-7360.

Help celebrate Aullwood’s many successes as it commits to at least another 60 years of community service. Specific details of Aullwood en Blanc can be found on the website and Facebook page with more information rolling out over the next few weeks. Get your tickets now as seats are guaranteed to sell out fast.

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Featured entertainment for the evening includes ‘Hey Jimmy’ – an amazing dance band from Chicago. Special performances by Stivers School for the Arts, Miami Valley School, and Northmont Schools plus several suprises. The Mistress of Ceremonies is Marsha Bonhart. Patrons will have the opportunity to purchase a chance to win a diamond from James Free Jewelers valued at nearly $6,000. All proceeds from the event will support environmental education programs at Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm.

Aullwood’s Presenting Sponsor is PNC, Official Diamond Sponsor James Free Jewelers. Other event sponsors include: DP&L, JPMorgan Chase, Western Ohio Graphics, Coolidge Wall Co., L.P.A., Danis Building Construction Co., Houser Asphalt & Concrete, The Siebenthaler Company, Waffle House, Dayton International Airport, Leppla Associates, Ltd., Primetime Party Rental, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, S. J. Meyer and Associates, LWC, Inc., Shook Construction, Heapy Engineering, Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP, University of Dayton Office of the President, Steve & Jan Scheid, and Alexis R. Faust & Scott Halleran. Supporting Sponsors include: kmh Graphics, and Mechanical Systems of Dayton.

*Bees ‘n Aull: A Pollinator Celebration

Sunday, June 25 from noon – 5 p.m. will be the date to celebrate Ohio Pollinators at the Aullwood Farm, 9101 Frederick Pike in Butler Township. Admission is $5/ adult with children under 18 and members of Aullwood free. No party would be as festive or delicious without the contribution of pollinators and the plants they pollinate. Learn about pollinators—birds, bees, butterflies and more—and celebrate National Pollinators Week during a fun-filled day with hands-on learning opportunities, crafts, demonstrations, programs and exploration of Aullwood Farm.

Event Highlights:

• Observe a honey bee hive, talk with beekeepers and learn about beekeeping

• Enter to win one of ten free one-year memberships to Aullwood, one of five Scotts groables with garden tools, or one of five Ohio honey/bee products all provided by Scotts Miracle GRO and the Pollinator Stewardship Council

• Draft Horse Wagon rides ($1 per person) from 1 – 4 p.m. to see Aullwood fields and pastures

• Meet the 2017 American Honey Queen

• Make bee and butterfly crafts

• Live music by Chris Rowlands

• Learn how to create a pollinator friendly habitat in your own backyard

• Local honey for sale

• Learn about monarch butterflies and their migration

• Explore Aullwood Farm and see all the animals

• Take home a seed packet of native Ohio plants

Participating Organizations

Ohio State Beekeepers Association | Miami Valley Beekeepers Association | OSU Extension | Pollinator Stewardship Council | Ohio Native Plant Society | Propolis Project | Boots to Bees | Cincinnati Wildflower Preservation Society

Sponsored by The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company and The Pollinator Stewardship Council


Nature Sketching Walk

Sunday, June 25 starting at 2:30 p.m. Enjoy a hike with naturalist Chris Rowlands exploring Aullwood through the eyes of an artist. Try sketching trees, flowers, bugs and birds. All are welcome on this adventure, from beginners to experts. Bring a notebook, pencil and pen. (Center)

Celebrate Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm’s 60th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee – Aullwood en Blanc Saturday, June 24, from 6 – 11 p.m. at at RiverScape MetroPark Pavilion. Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm’s 60th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee – Aullwood en Blanc Saturday, June 24, from 6 – 11 p.m. at at RiverScape MetroPark Pavilion. Contributed photo

Local children enjoy ‘Fun at the Farm’ exploring the pond. children enjoy ‘Fun at the Farm’ exploring the pond. Contributed photo

A ruby throated hummingbird is one of the many species of birds that frequent Aullwood. ruby throated hummingbird is one of the many species of birds that frequent Aullwood. Photo by Ruhikant Meetei

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