PROGRAMS



2018 TraiFest Celebration has great programs lined up for your participation. See below for the basic event outline. Details about hikes are available on the Hiking/Outings Tab. Check back frequently for updates to the daytime programming.

WEDNESDAY • April 25
TIME WHAT DESCRIPTION WHERE
3:00-6:00PM (Unless other arrangements have been made.) Registration Camp open for registration Camp Oty'Okwa
7:00PM NPS Roundtable A Shared Vision: A Land Managers Roundtable Camp Oty'Okwa
THURSDAY • April 26
TIME WHAT DESCRIPTION WHERE
8:00AM-6:00PM (Unless other arrangements have been made) Registration Camp open for Registration Camp Oty'Okwa
Early AM Breakfast/Lunch to go Fuel before your hike! Pick-up your lunch for your hike. Dining Hall, Camp Oty'Okwa
All day Hiking Activities Hikes of various lengths throughout the day TBD
All Day NCTA Board Meeting Camp Oty'Okwa
5:00PM Happy Hour Join us to officially kick-off 2018 Trailfest Celebration Camp Oty'Okwa
6:00PM Supper Buffet-style supper to refuel after a great day of hiking Dining Hall, Camp Oty'Okwa
7:00-9:00PM Evening Program NPS Awards and Introduction to Appalachian Ohio with Pat Quackenbush, ODNR Naturalist Camp Oty'Okwa
9:00PM Campfire Camaraderie around the campfire Camp Oty'Okwa
FRIDAY • April 27 • Watch for more exciting programs to come soon!
TIME WHAT DESCRIPTION WHERE
8:00AM-8:00PM (Unless other arrangements have been made) Registration Camp open for Registration Camp Oty'Okwa
Early AM Breakfast/Lunch to go Fuel before your hike! Pick-up your lunch for your hike. Dining Hall, Camp Oty'Okwa
All Day Hiking Activities Hikes of various lengths throughout the day See Hiking page for details
All Day Little Cities of the Black Diamonds Tour Join us on a tour of our cultural and environmental heritage, from Camp Oty’Okwa to the historic Village of Shawnee and back again, that may change your view of Appalachia and learn how our BT/NCNST is part of its future. (extra charge) https://littlecitiesofblackdiamonds.blog/
Order a Lunch to Go when you register (remember to pick it up at breakfast) or bring your own sack lunch.
Village of Shawnee
9:00AM (90 mins) Hands-on Workshop: Citizen Science on the BT Joe Brehm, Rural Action Environmental Education Director: Social media comes to Nature! During this expedition around camp, Joe Brehm from Rural Action will introduce you to iNaturalist and other citizen science tools so you can help record the biodiversity found along the blue blazes. You will hike around camp looking for interesting flora and fauna, and practice using the iNaturalist app and website. After recording, you can link to the online social network of naturalists, citizen scientists, and biologists built on the concept of mapping and sharing observations of biodiversity around the globe. Since the BT/NCT connects virtually all of Ohio's major ecotypes, this session could result in you playing a major citizen science role over time. Dining Hall, Front Porch; Camp Oty'Okwa
10:00AM (50 mins) Presentation: Enjoying the confluence of 50 years of the Wild & Scenic River and National Trail Systems Amelia Rhodes, NCTA Marketing and Communications Coordinator: Did you know that you can hike the ultimate confluence - on the NCT along Wild & Scenic Rivers? 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act and National Trail System Act. This program will highlight the history and point out ways to celebrate this milestone. Camp Oty'Okwa
11:00AM (50 mins) Presentation: Wandering Ohio – A Buckeye Trail Thru-Hike Chuck and Beth Hewett: In 2016, Chuck and Beth completed a 1400-mile, 76-day hike on the Buckeye Trail, the longest loop trail in the nation. Their story covers Ohio History, canals, Indian ceremonial grounds, museums (presidential, air force, bicycles, early forts, etc.), interesting B&Bs and of course the wonderful people met along the way. Camp Oty'Okwa
12:00PM Lunch Sandwich-style lunch available for workshop attendees and campers Dining Hall, Camp Oty'Okwa
1:00PM (50 mins) Workshop: Leading an NCTA Extended Outing Mary Coffin, Chair of the NCTA Extended Outing Committee: Interested in leading or participating in extended outings along the NCT or BT? Not quite sure how to get started? In this session, Mary Coffin, the NCTA Extended Outings Committee Chair will fill you in on the secrets. She has led many trips on the NCT and has lots to share. This workshop will inform prospective leaders and participants about expectations and responsibilities of an outing of 5 or more days. Please join us for this highly informative session so you too can join the many multi-day hikers on the trail. Camp Oty'Okwa
1:00PM (2 hours) Workshop: Trail Fundamentals: Trail Layout and Design Bill Menke, NCTA Regional Trail Coordinator, WI and Kenny Wawsczyk, NCTA Regional Trail Coordinator, MI: Join us for an introductory session on trail layout and design from the North Country Trail Association’s Trail Management team. We’ll cover the basics of new trail construction; including planning your trail’s location, constructing sustainable trails, maintaining and improving existing trails and fixing common issues. Camp Oty'Okwa
2:00PM (50 minutes) Hands-On Workshop: Newby Guide for an Overnight Hike Kim Over-Ottobre, BT Muskingum Chapter Member: Join Kim to learn the in’s and out’s of hiking equipment so you are ready for your next overnight adventure along the trail. This is a hands-on workshop that demonstrates how to set up various tent types, backpacks, and stoves for a simple overnight hike. A variety of tents will be assembled. Backpacks will be packed to show how to carry a tent, sleeping bag, and equipment. Various camping stoves will be set-up to show beginners how a stove works. Camp Oty'Okwa
3:00-8:00PM Trailfest Celebration Goes to Town! a) Grandma Gatewood Story documentary, Trail Magic
b) a book signing by Ben Montgomery author of Grandma Gatewood's Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail
c) Urban Air, a downtown festival with more than 70 Airstreams lining the streets, food trucks, craft beer, and music. You are on your own for dinner, so plan to try a food truck or one of the Logan restaurants.
Main Street, Logan
8:30PM Nighttime Hike Explore the nighttime at Camp Trail at Camp Oty'Okwa
9:00PM Campfire Camaraderie around the campfire Camp Oty'Okwa
SATURDAY April 28 • Watch for more exciting programs to come soon!
TIME WHAT DESCRIPTION WHERE
7:00AM-4:00PM Registration Camp Oty'Okwa
Early AM Breakfast/Lunch to go Fuel before your hike! Pick-up your lunch for your hike. Dining Hall, Camp Oty'Okwa
All Day Hiking Activities Hikes of various lengths throughout the day See Hiking page for details
All Day FAMILY DAY Sponsored by Crane Hollow Nature Preserve Day of kid-friendly programs to introduce a new generation to the wonders of the outdoors Camp Oty'Okwa
All Day Little Cities of the Black Diamonds Tour Did you miss yesterday’s tour? Join us on a tour of our cultural and environmental heritage, from Camp Oty’Okwa to the historic Village of Shawnee and back again, that may change your view of Appalachia and learn how our BT/NCNST is part of its future. (extra charge) https://littlecitiesofblackdiamonds.blog/
Order a Lunch to Go when you register (remember to pick it up at breakfast) or bring your own sack lunch.
Village of Shawnee
9:00AM (50 minutes) Presentation: 30 Days in the Wilderness Derrick Passe, Kekekabic Trail Chapter, NCTA: So, you think your section of the trail has faced Mother Nature’s wrath? After this attending this session with Derrick Passe, you may reassess. Join Derrick to hear the story about how the Kekekabic Trail Chapter rallied to reopen their Trail after a Windstorm swept through the Wilderness knocking down 50,000 acres of trees and killing 2 campers. Volunteers from throughout the US pitched in for up to a month to clear the trail using only hand tools. Camp Oty'Okwa
9:00AM (2 hours) Workshop: NCTA Trail Crew Leader Training Valerie Bader, NCTA Director of Trail Development and Kenny Wawsczyk, NCTA Regional Trail Coordinator, MI: Interested in leading a volunteer trail crew? Join us for an introduction to the North Country Trail Association’s new Crew Leader training program. Topics include: crew safety, leading and motivating volunteers, recruiting participants, setting work priorities, project planning, sharing your work and more. Participants should have a basic understanding of trail maintenance and construction. Camp Oty'Okwa
10:00AM (50 minutes) Presentation: Technology for the Buckeye and North Country Trail Hiker Kim Over-Ottobre, BT Muskingum Chapter Member: Have you been left behind in the digital age? Are you aware your basic smart phone can help you on your hike? Attend our session, we're here to help! Camp Oty'Okwa
11:00AM (50 minutes) Presentation: Thru-Hiking the Buckeye Trail: Things That Will Change the Way You See Ohio Andy "Captain Blue" Niekamp: On an 88-day thru-hike of Ohio’s Buckeye Trail, “Captain Blue” made the most amazing long-distance journey of his life. As he walked his home state through wilderness, farmland, small towns, big cities, rural and urban areas, he discovered Ohio in a way that can be only experienced on foot. Captain Blue‘s stories about the people and places, past and present will change the way you see Ohio. Camp Oty'Okwa
12:00PM Lunch Sandwich-style lunch available for workshop attendees and campers Dining Hall, Camp Oty'Okwa
1:00PM (50 minutes) Workshop: How to Hike and NOT Die - Fundamentals for Novice Hikers Colleen Chamberlain, Penny Allenwood Outdoors, LLC: What keeps you from enjoying the outdoors? Often, all it takes is some information and education to overcome your fears and get started on the trail! "How to Hike and NOT Die - Fundamentals for the Novice Hiker" is a fun, entertaining way to learn the basics of staying safe in the outdoors, and hear how the mistakes of others can help you in your quest to get outside. Camp Oty'Okwa
2:00PM (50 minutes) Presentation: The Scripture of Nature Tom Gilbert: Early Christians asserted God is revealed through two books—the Bible and the Book of Nature. John Muir’s writings repeatedly reference God and Biblical characters and events. The national park and environmental movements began in the Christian community. This illustrated program highlights the work of Muir and others to protect these places, and suggests what nature reveals to us about God. Camp Oty'Okwa
5:00PM Happy Hour Join us to share good conversations with friends – old and new Camp Oty'Okwa
6:00PM Supper Buffet-style supper to refuel after a great day of hiking Dining Hall, Camp Oty'Okwa
7:00-9:00PM Evening Program An Evening of Trail Preservation and Land Protection with Josh Knights, Executive Director of the Ohio Chapter of The Nature Conservancy;

Passing the Torch to 2019 Buckeye TrailFest and NCTA Celebration
TBD
9:00PM Campfire Camaraderie around the campfire Camp Oty'Okwa
SUNDAY • April 29
TIME WHAT DESCRIPTION WHERE
7:00AM Chapel   Camp Oty'Okwa
Early AM Breakfast   Dining Hall, Camp Oty'Okwa
9:00AM BTA Annual
Business Meeting
For all BTA members Camp Oty'Okwa
10:00AM BTA Board Meeting BTA Board of Trustees' quarterly meeting Camp Oty'Okwa
12:00 Noon Chapter/Section Supervisor BTA Chapter and Section Supervisor meeting Camp Oty'Okwa