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Friends Caring for Cowan Lake State Park

​​Events 2024

(All events subject to change)




​​January 18 Full Moon Hike 8pm


Join our Naturalist for a night hike guided by the first full moon of 2024! Listen to stories and discover the unique atmosphere of the forest at night. Meet the Naturalist at the Nature Center and be prepared for approximately a 1-mile hike. Closed toes shoes are required, and be sure to dress for the weather. Flashlights are permitted but will only be used under the direction of our Naturalist. 


January 19 Furs and Feet 11am-6pm


Stop by the Nature Center during open hours to take a closer look at some of Ohio’s native mammals! Touch furs and create your very own track ID book!



January 20 Native Heritage Day 12pm-4pm


Stop by the Nature Center for an interpretive experience of Native American heritage here at Cowan Lake. Learn from Shawnee interpreter Talon Silverhorn and view collections courtesy of Horsefeathers Farms. It will be a fun and educational experience discovering the Native Heritage of Southwest Ohio.



January 26 Winter Safety Day 11am-6pm


Winter hikes are afoot! Prepare by stopping in the Nature Center during open hours to get tips on staying safe and having fun while out on the trails this winter.



January 27 Winter Hike 10am-2pm


Join us for an easy Guided 3-mile and/or 1-mile easy interpretive hikes. Bean soup, beverages will be available for purchase at the commissary. Friends Caring for Cowan Lake will also have desserts available for donation, by cash or PayPal. Closed toe shoes are required for these hikes and please dress appropriately for the weather.


January 27 Brief History of the Shawnee 2pm-3pm


Join us at the Environmental Education Center in the campground with Shawnee Interpreter Talon Silverhorn. Learn the cultural identity of the Shawnee people and how they fit into the larger cultural map of central North America as well as their connection to Adena, Hopewell, and Fort Ancient cultures.



February 10 Sweetheart Hike 1pm for EEC, 2pm for Hike


Grab your sweetheart, meaning anyone special to you! (Spouse, siblings, parents, relatives, friends, and even your furry friends as long as they are on a leash!) Meet us at the Nature Center for an easy 1-mile guided hike along the Dogwood Trail at 2pm! Learn about the breeding habits of Cowan’s common species, such as bald eagles, spotted salamanders, rabbits and more. Closed toed shoes and appropriate warm weather attire is required for the hike. Before and after the hike visit with our volunteers of Friends Caring for Cowan Lake at the Valentine themed and decorated EEC building located beside the Nature Center. Stop in for hot beverages and sweet treats all available by donation of cash or PayPal. EEC will open an hour before the hike at 1pm

Maple Syrup Tasting- Also come and watch as sap boils into Cowan’s own maple syrup.Fill your senses with the rich aroma from the steaming vat of maple syrup. Look forward to a “sampling”.


More event details to come…..





**ALL ACTIVITIES AND TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE**

Friends Caring for Cowan Lake State Park is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit