Explorers Series: Burton Wetlands Heron Rookery

Saturday, November 7, 2020
1:00-3:00 PM (note new time)

Burton Wetlands Nature Preserve
15681 Old Rider Road
Burton, Ohio 44021


Join the Foundation on a back-country adventure to the heron nesting area located on land owned by the City of Akron and viewable from Burton Wetlands Nature Preserve. This is a special excursion for the hearty hiker that can only take place off-season when nests are not occupied. This is an off-trail, rugged two-mile hike to the nesting site and back. Terrain is not hilly, but may be uneven, wet and muddy. Dress for the weather and wear hiking boots.


 Pre-registration is required and attendance is limited to 27 people (9 or fewer with each naturalist). Hike guides: Dottie Drockton, Renell Roebuck & Dan Best.

Request your spot by emailing the Foundation at admin@foundationforgeaugaparks.org with the program title in the subject line. Include your name, address, email and phone in the body of the message.

Our group will meet in the parking lot and practice social distancing. We will split into teams of 10 or fewer to hike. Please:

– wear face coverings
– keep distance of 6 feet between you and other walkers
– bring your own water bottle and binoculars if needed


Photo: Stacey Rauch

Burton Wetlands Nature Preserve is a 305-acre park located within the upper Cuyahoga River watershed and includes Lake Kelso, a pristine glacier-formed kettle lake, and the Charles Dambach Preserve. In 1999, it received the designation as an Ohio State Nature Preserve.

Burton Wetlands is part of a 1,000-acre system of kettle bogs, lower slope seeps and wet flats known as the Cuyahoga Wetlands, an area relatively undisturbed since the last Ice Age. Together, Geauga Park District and fellow area land owners/managers The Nature Conservancy, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, and the City of Akron are instrumental in the cooperative management and preservation of this ecologically significant area and its threatened and endangered species.

Uncommon species found here include Northern Waterthrush, Veery and Four-toed Salamander. At various times throughout the year, Lake Kelso is a home or resting place for Bald Eagles, Osprey, Tundra Swans, Common Loons and a variety of migrating ducks and geese.

Due to the vulnerability of park’s aquatic habitats, public boating and fishing is not permitted on Lake Kelso.

The Foundation for Geauga Parks Explorers Series was established so park lovers may join us each month to explore a different park in Geauga County by boot, bike, paddle, or skis.

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