Dayton Area Wild Ones field trip
Meet at McAfee Sports Center, 1321 Research Park Drive, Beavercreek, OH 45432 (Please park in front of building.)
We will be visiting a few of the lesser known sites in the Beavercreek wetlands easily viewed from Creekside Trail paved bike path. We will walk by Zimmerman Prairie State Nature Preserve, a 3-acre remnant of a once larger wet prairie fen complex with a large area of prairie dock. We will then walk along Creekside Trail to Little Beaver Creek Prairie on the opposite side of US35. This is a 2.5-acre remnant of that same wet prairie fen complex. If the group would like to explore, we can walk into the prairie here. Be aware that there is a ditch to cross and there are no trails. Currently, rose pinks, spiked lobelia, blazing star, rattlesnake master, rosinweed, mountain mint and prairie dock are in bloom. There is also green dragon and a native buckthorn at this site.
We can then visit the Beaver Creek Wetlands Association's Monarch Waystation by either walking back to our vehicles (approximately 1-mile round trip walk total) and then driving to Beavercreek Station (1152 N Fairfield Rd, Beavercreek, OH 45432), or by continuing on Creekside Trail along Hagenbuch Reserve and the Little Beaver Creek to the Monarch Waystation, then walk back to our vehicles (approximately 2-mile round trip walk total).