Serving the community is a central component of the BFEC's mission. Community members are invited to explore our 480-acre preserve, wildlife garden and seven miles of trail, which are open from dawn to dusk. The BFEC offers public programs and events such as star gazing, full moon hikes, prairie tours and an annual nature photography contest. The center regularly hosts field trips for Knox County elementary schools. Check the links below for more information or check the calendar for upcoming events.
The BFEC hosts school field trips for nearly 1,000 children every year. Since its inception in 1996, more than 14,000 elementary school children from throughout Knox County have visited. Programs offer hands-on, outdoor explorations to inspire curiosity and wonder about nature while addressing Ohio academic science standards.
The BFEC offers programs every month on topics such as star gazing, winter trees, wild edible plants or hunting for salamanders. Check our calendar often or join our mail/email list and receive regular notices.
The BFEC hosts day camps for children during the summer that are suitable for a variety of ages. In 2016, there will be a Nature Camp for ages 5-7 from June 6-13, a Nature Camp for ages 8-11 from July 5-9, both in partnership with the Science Play-Space Initiative (SPI), and also a Nature's Keepers Adventure Camp for ages 8-11 from August 3-5.
These two events are held in April every year at the Kenyon Athletic Center and offer opportunities to do something healthy for yourself and the planet.
Runners and walkers of all ages are always welcome on the trails at the BFEC. With almost 9 miles of trails, you can enjoy hardwood forests, restored tall grass prairies, and other ecosystems.
Photographs of our natural world remind us of the beauty to be found when we take the time to look. Every year, community members are invited to enter this contest in celebration of our scenic Knox County. Photographs are due in mid-October, and a contest show takes places at our Fall Harvest Festival. Prizes are awarded in adult, children's (15 and under) and student divisions. Visit the photo contest page for entry guidelines.
Celebrate the fall season with this FREE family event. Activities include wagon rides, live music, children's activities, farm animals and produce, bonfire, cider press, pumpkin decorating with OSU Extension Master Gardeners and the Knox County Nature Photography Contest show.
For over 100 years, the Audubon Society has organized the Christmas Bird Count to track long term trends in bird populations across the Americas. The BFEC monitors birds right here in Knox County, covering Mt. Vernon, Gambier, Apple Valley and Fredericktown. Participants count birds at home feeders or in the field along roads and trails. Contact the BFEC anytime of year to let us know you'd like to help. Email Noelle Jordan at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 740-427-5052.