All programs are subject to change. Notify the naturalist if special accommodations are needed for your participation.
Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.


Jan 7- Cowan Bird Count, 9am-12pm

     Help us count the birds around the Lake! This scientific count takes place at different locations around he park starting at the Dam. Results will be recorded on eBird. No experience is necessary, binoculars and/or spotting scope is recommended, as there will be very few to borrow or share. Email Naturalist Mandy at to register.

Jan 14 Milk Jug Butterfly Garden, 2pm-5pm

    ​Start your seeds for sprig planting! Bring an empty, clean milk jug to repurpose as a green house! Native wildflower seeds and other supplies are provided. Feel free to bring your extra milk jugs, if we do not use them, we can recycle them!

Jan 21 Hocking Hills Winter Hike

     Join you State Park Naturalist at Hocking Hills for their annual Winter Hike. Cowan Lakes Nature Center will be closed on this day.

Jan 28 Cowan Lake Winter Hike, 10am-2pm

    3-mile guided hike and 1-mile nature interpretation hikes take visitors on an adventure through the winter woods and along the campground roads. The Nature Center and Commissary will be open for this event! Warm up by the fire, have a hot chocolate, and enjoy the beauty of winter with us at Cowan Lake. Find the event on Facebook for more detailed information. 

****Times set for the guided hikes are as follows.

         3-mile hikes will start at 10am, 11:30am, and 1pm. These hikes are faster paced and are recommended for adults and older children. Feel free to ask the guides about the lake, but these are not designated educational hikes.

         1-mile hikes will start at 10:30am and 12:30pm. These hikes will be guided by the park naturalist and include learning about the lake and the animals and plants that live here. This hike is well suited for families with younger children. 

Feb 4 Milk Jug Butterfly Garden,2pm-5pm

     Last Chance to start your native seeds for spring planting! Bring an empy, clean milk jug to repurpose as a greenhouse! Native wildflower seeds and other supplies are provided. Feel free to bring your extra milk jugs, if we do not

use them we can recycle them!

Feb 5 Winter Classic #4 Disc Golf Tournament, 10am Tee Off Time

        Friends Caring for Cowan Lake (FCC) has teamed up with Crossover Disc Golf to have their Winter Classic #4 Disc Golf Tournament at the new Cowan Lake Course. To get more information and to register for the tournament you can go to the following website:

Wild hogs BBQ will be providing food at the tournament, check them out at this website: Even if you don't play disc golf, stop by the Cowan Lake Dance Pavilion parking lot to have lunch. Wild Hogs BBQ will be donating a portion of their sales to the FCC.

Feb 11 Sweetheart Hike, 2pm

      Hike along the trails with Naturalist Mandy and learn about the breeding habits of Cowan's common species. Bald Eagles, Skunks, Rabbits, and more! No more "SWEETHEART" necessary, fun for all ages. Be sure to dress for the weather!

Feb 18 Furs and Feet, 2pm-5pm

     Visit the Nature Center to learn about Ohio's native mammaks and the tracks they leave behind. Can you guess which animals all the pelts belong to? Would you know what animal you are tracking in the woods, just by their footprints? There will also be  fun, take home craft for visitors to make, to help them remember what they learned.

Feb 25 Winter Tree Identification, 2pm-5pm

​      Visit the Nature Center to explore the lives of Ohio's trees during winter. Learn how to identify the tree by its buds and see the parts of the tree normally hidden by leaves.

Activities Available at the Nature Center, Inside Activities Only During Open hours

       Educational displays about bald eagles, pollinators, fossils and more. Rotating activity table to learn about Cowan's natural wonders. Some of our animals are sleeping for the winter and are not currently on display.

Winter Hiking at Cowan Lake

      You do not have to wait for a scheduled hike to use the trails at Cowan Lake! On the southern side of the lake, hike Emeral Woods or Storybook Trail. From the main office on Osborn Road, hike Old Field or Dogwood Trails. Inside the campground you will find Lake View and Beechnut Trails. Start with a visit to the Nature Center and explore two educational trails Tree Top and Animal Track Trails, they are great fun for families!

...........  and more events to be announced!

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Winter 2023 Cowan Lake State Park Special Events & Nature Programs

For more information on any event, contact:
Naturalist Mandy Wolski

Phone: (937) 382-1096 or (614) 306-4913