Sunday, October 30, 2011

Did you know?

Wahkeena Nature Preserve has been part of the Fairfield County community for over 50 years. A 150 acre preserve for birds and other wildlife, Wahkeena is a peaceful place to get away from the stresses of our modern life. For over 30 years, Wahkeena has been a leader in providing quality environmental education to schools and the public. Continually staffed with knowledgeable and friendly naturalists, Wahkeena is the place to go to learn about the natural world.

As everyone knows, the last few years have been financially trying times. And that is no exception for the Ohio Historical Society (OHS), the private, non-profit organization that currently operates Wahkeena. The Society has had to find local partners to help manage their 58 sites across the state. Currently, only two sites, including Wahkeena, do not have a local partner.  On November 8, 2011, the Fairfield County Parks will be asking for a .4 mil levy to continue operation and to develop the park system to its full potential. Passage of the levy would allow OHS to partner with the County Parks, ensuring the continued operation of Wahkeena.  Without this partnership the future of the preserve and the ability to offer programs is uncertain. So whether you are one of the many thousands, who as a school child visited Wahkeena for a day of exploration and fun, a teacher who values a rewarding experience for your class, or a family or individual that appreciates the wonders of the natural world and the preservation the rich heritage of Fairfield County, please consider a YES vote for the Parks in November.

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