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.

Interested in Saturday's Family Day? Visit our special Family Day Program page for all the details.



Interested in Friday's Urban Air event in Logan? Visit our special Urban Air Program page for all the details.

WEDNESDAY • April 25
TIME WHAT DESCRIPTION WHERE
3:00-6:00PM (Unless other arrangements have been made.) Registration Camp open for registration Registration Area, Camp Oty'Okwa
7:00PM NPS Roundtable A Shared Vision: A Land Managers Roundtable Dining Hall, 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 Registration Area, Camp Oty'Okwa
7:30-9:00AM 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 Visit the Hiking page for details
All Day NCTA Board Meeting Coultrap Building, Camp Oty'Okwa
4:00PM Happy Hour Join us in the Gazebo to officially kick-off 2018 Trailfest Celebration Gazebo Area, Camp Oty'Okwa
4:30PM Introducing Backpacker Magazine’s GET OUT MORE Tour Ambassor, Randy Propster Our adventure with Randy Propster starts at 4:30PM Thursday, April 26. Join us in the Barn for an entertaining and engaging 75-minute backpacking skills and gear clinic highlighting the tips and techniques you’ll need to pack right, buy smart, and feel safer, more comfortable, and confident during your next outdoor adventure. The Barn, 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 The Barn, 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
7:30-9:00AM 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 (50 mins) Moderated Discussion: Building support for our trails: Best practices from trail advocates Andrea Ketchmark, Moderator: Join advocates for the Buckeye, North Country, Superior Hiking and Finger Lakes Trails as we discuss lessons learned and best practices in building successful relationships with elected officials on the local, state and national leve Camp Oty’Okwa
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 Andrea Ketchmark, Moderator: 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
10:00AM (50 mins) Presentation: When the Land Is Left to Thrive: How the Wayne National Forest Began Jean Andrews, Special Projects Assistant at Ohio University and Video Documentary Producer: The Wilderness Loop is part of a network of scenic trails in the Wayne National Forest. But what if these trails didn’t exist? Join filmmaker Jean Andrews as she introduces her 30-minute award-winning documentary, “A Forest Returns: The Success Story of Ohio’s Only National Forest” to learn more. In the video, treasured storyteller Ora Anderson, recalls the environmental and social conditions that led to the establishment of the Wayne. Anderson’s first-hand account gives life to a significant chapter of American history with clarity, hope, and a uniquely Appalachian perspective. 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
11:00AM (50 mins) Presentation: Hemlock Woolly Adelgid - The Other White Death Rebecca Miller, Hocking Soil and Water District and Dave Apsley, Ohio State University Extension: If you’re an Ohioan you have heard the phrase "white death" is coming, a snarky reference to a snow storm when everyone empties the shelves for bread and milk and prepares for the apocalypse. Hemlock Woolly Adelgid could very well be the "Other White Death". This tiny non-native invasive species has made its way into Ohio, and the Midwest. What is it? Where is it from? What impact will it have? What can you do? 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 Love-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 shows at 3:00PM and at 7:30PM at the Artista, 38 West Main St, Logan, Ohio. (free and open to the public)
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.
Visit the Urban Air page for more details.
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
7:30-9:00AM 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. Visit the Family Day page for all the details. 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 Love-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
11:00AM (50 minutes) Presentation: The Buckeye Trail Makes History in “Ohio’s Buckeye Trail” Norm Fox, Author and Historian: Did you know the Buckeye Trail is making history? Norm Fox has authored the latest Arcadia history book, this time about history around the Buckeye Trail. Join Norm to learn more about the wooded footpaths, multi-purpose trails, canal towpaths, country roads, rivers and lake shores that you enjoy while racking up BT miles. 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
1:00PM Presentation: Finding the Elusive Buckeye Bigfoot Marc DeWerth, Ohio Curator of the Bigfoot Field Research Organization (BFRO): Does Bigfoot exist in the Hocking Hills region? Marc DeWerth, BFRO’s Ohio Curator, has been actively investigating Bigfoot reports in the Buckeye state since 1989 and has interviewed well over 300 alleged eyewitnesses. Join Marc as he shares the evidence and his experiences. The Barn at 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
2:00PM (50 minutes) Presentation: Feral Swine are Taking Over! Feral Swine Damage and Disease Threats Joe Martin, USDA APHIS Wildlife Services: Think that feral swine are only an issue somewhere else? Joe Martin with the USDA APHIS Wildlife Services team is here to explain why you should reconsider. Feral Swine are a highly invasive and destructive species. Swine affect agriculture, wildlife habitat, cultural and recreational sites, and threatened and endangered species. Join us to learn more about these pesky pigs. Camp Oty'Okwa
3:00PM (50 minutes) Presentation: Warrior Expeditions on the Trail Again: Mei-Ling’s 2017 Thru-Hike Adventure Mei-Ling Liber: Join Mei-Ling as she shares her adventures from her 2017 thru-hike of the Buckeye Trail. She participated as part of the Warrior Expeditions, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping military veterans transition from their military service to civilian life through long-distance outdoor programs teams. Many Trailfest attendees first met Mei-Ling in Yellow Springs last April before her adventures began. We followed and supported her during her thru-hike. Come share with her one more time. Camp Oty'Okwa
3:00PM (50 minutes) Presentation: Prehistoric Indian Tales Along the Trail: Fort Ancient, Serpent Mound and Fort Hill. Jarrod Burks, Ph.D., Ohio Valley Archaeology, Inc.: Long before BT/NCT hikers built, maintained and walked area trails, the Hopewell Indians lived and prospered more than 2,000 years ago. Serpent Mound is the largest effigy mound in North America. Fort Hill offers views of one of the best preserved hilltop enclosures from this culture. Join Dr. Burks to learn more about this ancient culture, as he offers tales from the trail. 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
7:30-9:00AM 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