Dear Friends of the Wetlands

Over the years, 90 percent of Ohio's wetlands have been lost. Here in Greene County, citizens have defended the area of the Beaver Creek against this trend. But the pressures are mounting from rapid growth and development in the area.

The Beaver Creek Wetlands Association (BCWA) is a group of folks who, just like you, believe that safe water and the environment needed to protect it are essential to a healthy and satisfying life in our communities. Even more, we believe we have a rare opportunity to maintain a close and friendly relationship with our wetlands by protecting this unique wetland ecosystem and its aquifer below. The late John Sawhill, former president of the Nature Conservancy, asserted that a community defines itself "not only by what it creates, but by what it refuses to destroy."

BCWA invites you visit this website and discover how and why our friendship with the wetlands is so important to our communities. Find out about the parnerships, community networks, and the efforts of volunteers - also people just like you - who continue the work to preserve our wetlands.

Here you will find information on upcoming events, maps to guide you through the wetlands corridor, copies of our newsletter, details on current projects, recent articles and beautiful photos of the wetlands.

The Spotted Turtle - Winter 2016
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Go Native! A Hands-on Exploration of Native Plant Seeds and Seedlings Workshop
Sunday, March 6, 2016 from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Your friends at BCWA will help you 'go native' at home with seeds from our wetland areas. Everyone will learn a lot!
- What is a native plant?
- Why would I want native plants in my own yard?
- Will my plant grow if my yard is not a wetland?
- When will my plants bloom?
- What will eat my plants?

Participants will see photographs of what the plants look like when grown and photographs of what the plants attract. They will learn the benefits of native plants to the environment and look at some charts to get an idea of how big the plants will get.

There will be a chance to explore seeds up close and personal at the microscope work station - some are really cool looking and oddly shaped. We can talk about why seeds come in so many shapes and sizes!

Participants will become plant caretakers by selecting three seedlings (from several varieties) to put in pots and take home to nurture until spring. Most of the selections need bright sun and lots of moisture to get them ready to plant in the home garden when spring arrives.Participants can help the wetlands, too, by transplanting at least one plant to be used in one of our restoration projects in the Spring.

There will be plenty of information to take home, recommended readings and sources for plants and seed for those with an interest in creating a native plant garden!

A Family Activity (Children must be accompanied by adults)
Workshop is free. RSVP required.

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