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Aullwood Special Event Details

Many wonderful and special events happen at Aullwood. Read more about them here.

Amish Quilt Auction

Nearly two hundred items including approximately 100 Amish made quilts and wall hanging will be sold at the Friends of Aullwood’s Amish Quilt Auction at Aullwood’s Marie S. Aull Education Center.

The designs are not only unique but also unavailable elsewhere. Amish women and men from New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Kentucky have pieced the quilts on treadle sewing machines. Several of the quilts have over 600 yards of hand-quilting! One quilt has more than 2,000 pieces of postage stamp-sized pieces of fabric. All of the quilting are hand-pieced and hand-sewn!

Hand-woven rugs, place mats, a variety of hardwood furniture, baskets, wooden toys and quilted pillows will also be auctioned. The assortment is diverse and very different from previous auctions. Several antique quilts will be offered as well.

No admission is charged for the auction, but individuals must register for a number beginning at noon. Delicious food will be available. Terms of the auction are cash, check with proper ID, Master Card or Visa. All proceeds support Aullwood’s educational program for children. In seventeen years more than $660,000 has been raised to support Aullwood’s vital mission.


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Apple Fest

Spend a beautiful autumn day at Aullwood Farm and tickle all your senses with the sights and sounds and delicious aromas of Apple Fest. The whistle of Ken Ullery's antique Gaar-Scott steam engine and the delicious aroma of simmering apple butter beckon one and all to the festivities.

Apple Fest means delicious food! Sample apple pie baked in a Dutch oven, freshly pressed cider, caramel apples and home-made ice cream. Corn-on-the-cob, roasted almonds, apple dumplings, kettle corn, lamb chili and apple fritters taste great on an autumn afternoon and Aullwood's food booth features a variety of sandwiches made with our organic meats.

Exciting children's activities will keep the little ones entertained with crafts and games. Everyone enjoys a visit with farm animal friends and a tractor or draft horse pulled wagon ride. Sheepherder Ed Huelsman and rope spinner Doug Smith will demonstrate their skills. Greenview Garden Club members will be in the herb garden to share their knowledge of these tasty and aromatic plants. Johnny Appleseed will stroll the festival grounds on Saturday and Sunday afternoons - always an Apple Fest highlight.

What would a festival be without artisans and craft exhibitors. Jewelry, baskets, pottery, candles, stained glass, animal masks, woodcrafts, quilted purses and jackets, and goat milk soaps and lotions make unique gifts for the upcoming holidays. Sand art and candle dipping crafts are fun for the children. And don't miss the special Nature Store Clearance Sale. Truly, Apple Fest has something for everyone!

For details on the 2013 Apple Fest, download the Apple Fest 2013 brochure or the Apple Fest 2013 poster as PDF files.


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Autumn Affair

Celebrate a beautiful fall evening in the lovely Marie S. Aull Education Center. The night is filled with wonderful activities -- delicious food including Aullwood Farm’s organic turkey and pork, lovely quilts and a lively silent auction. Auction items have included the use of a vacation home in Nova Scotia, box seats for 15 for a Dayton Dragons game, box seats to a mega concert at the Nutter Center and exquisite jewelry from James Free Jewelers just to name a few. The festivities begin at 7:00 p.m. with appetizers and drinks.

As patrons enjoy appetizers and music, they may view the quilts and wall hangings displayed in the Hallway of Wonder and auditorium. The colors, patterns and intricate stitching create amazing pieces of functional art. Individuals who attend the Autumn Affair may purchase any item on display if they meet the minimum bid price.

Why not organize a table with several of your friends and share this special evening? This is an important fund raising event for the Friends of Aullwood and all proceeds support Aullwood’s educational programs. The cost is $100 per person. Grand patrons are $150 per person. Prepaid reservations are needed.

For details on the 2013 Autumn Affair, download the Autumn Affair 2013 invitation as a PDF file.


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Birdathon is a contest to identify as many bird species as possible in a twenty-four hour period and to raise pledges to support Aullwood's educational programs. The goal of the steering committee is to raise $15,000 and identify 125 species of birds.

Three birding teams will flock to the Marie S. Aull Education Center. Team Cardinal (nestling bird watchers who raise $100 in pledges) will gather at 7:00 a.m. at the Marie S. Aull Education Center. After a continental breakfast and a brief overview by Paul Knoop, retired Aullwood Education Coordinator, nestling birders will take a bird watching hike along Aullwood's trails. This birding adventure ends at 9:00 a.m. and is perfect for the professional who must get to the office.

Team Warbler (fledgling bird watchers who raise $200 in pledges) will meet for a 6:00 a.m. departure to Spring Valley Wildlife Area for a morning of birding led by an Aullwood naturalist. A box lunch will be provided at noon and the group will continue their bird count, returning to Aullwood by 4:00 p.m.

Team Tanager (adventurous bird watchers who raise $300 in pledges) will depart at 1:30 p.m. on May 6, exploring Tar Hollow State Park. We'll overnight at a hotel (participants will pay for their rooms) and continue our adventure at 7:00 a.m. stopping at Killdeer Plains, Magee Marsh, Ottawa NWR and the Lake Erie coast. Team Tanager leaders are Charity Krueger, Executive Director, and Tom Hissong, Education Coordinator, with assistance from Birdathon Co-chairs. We will return to the Center by 9:00 p.m. (This schedule is subject to the weather.)

In addition, Phantom Briders can design their own personal Birdathon! Challenge your friends to help you raise funds. Watch the birds in your yard or take a walk to identify birds! Collect the pledge payments and let us know the bird species that you identified. Call Ardith for more information at (937) 890-7360, ext. 16.

Start now to secure your pledges from friends, relatives, business associates and companies. The pledges may be for specific amounts, $.25, $.50, $1.00 etc. per species identified or lump sum gifts. All funds raised will support Aullwood's educational programs for children.

For more details on Birdathon 2014, download the 2014 flyer as a PDF file.

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Birds, Boughs, and Berries

This gala event includes a champagne brunch as well as a silent auction featuring originally designed holiday decorations, gift baskets and other hand-crafted items. A variety of artists and well-known personalities create many lovely items that will be displayed at the Marie S. Aull Education Center.

All of these wonderful creations are then moved to a house in the Dayton area where guests will enjoy delicious food, music and a tour of the home. While enjoying the ambiance, guests will have the opportunity to place silent bids on their favorite holiday decoration. The highest bidders will take their treasures home that day! This is an important fund-raising event and all proceeds support Aullwood’s educational programs for children.


Breakfast with Woodland Santa

Join Santa and his woodland friends for a morning of delicious food, fun entertainment and some special surprise visitors. In December, Woodland Santa will visit Aullwood along with Rabbit, Raccoon, Possum and many other woodland animals for a fun activity-filled morning.

Begin the day at 9:30 a.m. with Santa and friends, don’t forget your camera, and then enjoy a scrumptious buffet breakfast. Next, Santa’s assistant (our own Chris Rowlands) will get everyone in the holiday mood with songs and stories. Shop the Nature Store for special holiday gifts and finish the day with a hike or drive to the farm to dip a beeswax candle. Each participant will receive a delicious breakfast, one beeswax taper for dipping, special holiday gifts and a $5 gift certificate for the Aullwood Nature Store.


Don’t miss out on this wonderful event recommended for ages 2 and above. Space is limited, so please call 937-890-7360 for reservations. Mastercard/Visa accepted.

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Center for Lifelong Learning Adult Classes

Discover Aullwood’s Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL)! Learning truly is a lifelong adventure and Aullwood has many exciting opportunities. Challenge yourself to learn nature’s secrets, enjoy a new hobby, or take an eco-tour to an exciting place.


We offer two certification programs within the CLL. These programs outline a balanced curriculum in the areas of naturalist and home ecologist. Each program has three levels of achievement that include a mixture of workshops, classes and eco-tours. At the top level the participant must complete a service project at Aullwood.

Click here or call us at (937) 890-7360 for a brochure on the current Center for Lifelong Learning Adult Classes.


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Enchanted Forest

Enchanted Forest is an environmental education program that is an alternative to scary Halloween events. Held in late October at Aullwood farm, Enchanted Forest offers a daytime program for pre-school and elementary school students and a nighttime program for families and youth groups.

Daytime Program for School Field Trips - Upon arriving at Aullwood Farm, students are subdivided into smaller groups so that children have a better opportunity to see and hear the creatures more closely. Each group is assigned a trail guide who will explain the magical nature of the Enchanted Forest. Groups may spend some time exploring Discovery Boxes and meeting live animals before going inside for interactive songs and stories with Chris Rowlands, Aullwood's Outreach Teacher Naturalist. After spending a short time indoors, the group will set out into the Enchanted Forest where they will meet amazing animal characters that weave fun and educational information into dramatic and entertaining stories. This program lasts approximately 60-90 minutes.


Nightime Program for Families and Youth Groups - Upon arriving at Aullwood Farm, visitors are directed to a campfire for interactive songs and stories. After a short time, they will be guided into the Enchanted Forest along a luminary-lit trail to see exciting creatures like an owl, bat, coyote, centipede, skunk or snake along the trail. These animals share their tales with visitors and may even interact with each other to weave fun and educational information into dramatic and entertaining stories. After the walk, visitors enjoy complimentary popcorn and cider. There are two trails available during the nighttime program and visitors can choose to explore one or both of the Enchanted Forest trails. Allow 45-60 minutes to experience one trail.

All proceeds raised by this event support Aullwood's educational programs.

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Farm Babies Fest

The entire family will enjoy interacting and learning about all the new animal babies at Aullwood Farm. Visitors will discover first hand about the care and feeding of babies and how they grow. Homespun farm crafts, healthy food and the children’s activities will provide fun for all ages.

This event features lots of frolicking, hopping, leaping, clucking, oinking, waddling and nuzzling as the Aullwood farm babies explore the barnyard and pasture with their mothers. Families may take draft horse drawn wagon rides, navigate the a-maze-ing hay bales, visit the children’s activity tent, take photos at the cut-out animal character stations, taste delicious food, enjoy live entertainment and encounter larger than life costumed animals roaming around Aullwood Farm.

Visitors will have the opportunity to feel the warmth of a sheep’s fleece, snuggle a bunny, tickle the nose of a calf, gently cuddle a fluffy chick, or scratch behind the ears of a kid goat. On site demonstrations will include blacksmithing, sheep shearing, 4-H club presentation, cleaning, carding, spinning and weaving of wool and sheep herding by Ed Huelsman and his dog, Gabe. Children's crafts and other hand's on activities make this a great event for the whole family. Chris Rowlands, Aullwood’s outreach naturalist, is the featured entertainment singing his own humorous songs about nature. Performances occur on the hour.

Special invited guests usually include SICSA, 4-H clubs, Tukens Orchard and Farm Market, Bohse Alpacas, Greenview Garden Club and others. The Greenview Garden Club plant sale offers a variety of herbs and flowers that are sure to spruce up any landscape.

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Happy Bird Day Spend the day at Aullwood celebrating the wonderful world of birds. Here is a list of the day’s activities.

Early Morning Bird Walk - Take a walk through Aullwood’s autumn landscape to look for a variety of beautiful birds. Bring binoculars and meet in front of the Center (binoculars will be provided if you do not have them). Families are especially encouraged to come with young birders to join the fun of watching birds.

Watching Ohio’s Birds - A presentation on the fun and excitement of bird watching. Learn tips on bird identification, natural history, conservation and where to go in Ohio to watch birds. Tom will also focus on some of Ohio’s winter birds and how to attract them to your yard.

Build Your Own Birdhouse or Bird Feeder - Help the birds that live and nest in Ohio by providing a nest box or bird feeder in your yard. Bring a hammer. Make a bluebird nest box, wren nest box or a platform feeder.


Fun Family Bird Activities - Families will enjoy learning all about birds as they explore the nature center. Special “Flying Wild” exhibits, activities and crafts will be located in several classrooms. Learn about bird identification, bird migration, bird songs, bird adaptations, bird feeding and much more!

Scavenger Hunt For The Birds - Families will “fly” around Aullwood’s trails testing their birding knowledge and discovering which avian friends call Aullwood home. Collect a special prize at the front desk for successfully completing the hunt.

Meet The Red-tailed Hawk –Take a close look at Aullwood’s resident red-tailed hawk. Learn about the special adaptations of birds of prey. Find out what they eat and why they are so important.

Bird Watching for Young Birders and Families – Take a special walk in search of the many birds that live at Aullwood. Fun games and activities will be used to instruct young birders on how to use binoculars, identify birds and what to do to help birds.

Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts Bird Focus Activities – A variety of hands-on activities will help both Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts complete requirements for these bird focused badges. Cub Scouts will complete many requirements for the Wolf – Bird Arrow Point badge. Girl Scouts will complete many requirements for their All About Birds badge.

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Holiday Art Fair

Beautiful artwork, unique jewelry and lovely weavings await you at Aullwood’s Annual Holiday Art Fair. Unique and one of a kind gifts will be available for purchase at this event.


Participating Artists have included:

Lady L – Fiber Art, Weavings, Knitting
Charley Harper Art Studio
Joyce S. Cashner – Hand-woven Wearables and Jewelry
The Slate Sisters – Paintings on Slate
Artistic Impressions Studio – Fine Silver Jewelry and more
Wool Sweater Rescue - Unique and cozy items made from wool sweaters Phil Newport – Wood Art
Jessie’s Jackets – Quilted Jackets, Vests & Purses
Wind River Photography
Tukens Orchard & Farm Market
Bluebird Jewelry
Heavenly Basket Designs
Naturescapes Studio
And more!

In between shopping at Aullwood Nature Store and the Art Fair, join the many activities happening at the Holiday Open House.

Boxwood Wreaths and Swags - Decorated with white pine cones, yarrow and rose hips, these boxwood wreaths and fir swags will be created for you as you shop in the nature store. They are perfect for hanging from a door or mantle. Price varies. To insure that you have a boxwood wreath, place your order in advance.

There will be many other fun programs and activities scheduled throughout the day. Make a treat for the birds in your yard, create a natural decoration for the holidays, dip your own candles at Aullwood Farm or join an Aullwood naturalist for an exciting walk in the outdoors.

For the Birds - Help the birds in your neighborhood by making special edible treats to decorate your trees outside.

Make & Take Natural Ornaments - Create earth-friendly ornaments and crafts using seeds, pine cones, dried plants and more.

Family Nature Hike - Join us for a walk in the woods, prairie, meadow, and marsh of Aullwood’s natural sanctuary. Use all of your senses to discover how plants and animals are preparing for the coming winter. Dress for the weather. Departs from the Center.

Candle Dipping - Join us at Aullwood Farm and dip a beeswax candle or two! This activity is perfect for the entire family. Candles make great holiday gifts. Cost is $1.00 per taper.

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Ice Cream Social

Come join us for an Olde Fashioned Family Sundae!

Aullwood’s Olde Fashioned Family is a great event for the entire family. Along with delicious ice cream, Chris Rowlands, Aullwood's outreach naturalist, will perform his interactive songs and stories that entertain all ages. Area businesses will have informational displays and free blood pressure checks will be offered throughout the afternoon by the Englewood Health Care Center - KMC Network. Admission is free.


There is a nominal charge for each dish of ice cream, around $2.00/child (age 2-18), $2.25/senior (60 and older) and $2.50/adult (18 - 60). Additional dishes of ice cream are available for $1.00 each. All proceeds benefit Aullwood's environmental education programs for children.

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Moon Over Aullwood

The popular concert series, Moon Over Aullwood, returns in January! Purchase your tickets early…you won’t want to miss a note!

Download our Moon Over Aullwood 2010 brochure. (PDF)

Past performers have included:

Michael and Sandy Bashaw and Puzzle of Light - PUZZLE OF LIGHT always includes musicians with individual musical backgrounds and experiences ranging from jazz and rock to ethnic and world music. These blended influences produce a distinctive "New World" sound that is both original and familiar; a repertoire that is traditional and experimental.

Zyedeco Fire - Zydeco music evolved in southwest Louisiana from blues forms combined with Creole, Cajun, French, African and Caribbean musical traditions.

The Fries Band - "THE FRIES BAND", formerly "The Fries", and originally "The French Fries", has been entertaining people in the Dayton area for the past 17 years with their unique treatment of popular and obscure cover songs, in addition to a diverse assortment of their own originals. They blend major intricate, complex harmonies driven by acoustic guitars with keyboards, bass, and drums to create very distinctive musical arrangements.

Performances are held in the Marie S. Aull Education Center. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. for the evening performances. During intermission take a naturalist-led night hike. Delicious desserts and refreshing drinks are available for purchase. Seating is limited; purchase tickets in advance.

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Museum Shop Around

Celebrate the holidays and support our area cultural institutions at the Museum Holiday Shop Around. Unique gifts, a wonderful shopping atmosphere and great food all await you as you wind your way through 12 area museum gift stores in one location. Find that one-of-a-kind gift for that hard to buy for person, relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature while munching on homemade soups and sandwiches and know that this holiday season you are supporting the cultural arena of your community. One day only, one stop shopping!


A sample of some of the Participating Museums:

America’s Packard Museum
Aullwood Audubon Center & Farm
Boonshoft Museum of Discovery
Dayton Aviation Heritage National Park
Dayton History at Carillon Park
Dayton International Peace Museum
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Westcott House
Glen Helen Ecology Institute
Preble County Historical Society
Sun Watch Indian Village
WACO Historical Society
Wegerzyn Gardens…at the Market


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Native Plant Sale

Go Native at the Aullwood Native Plant Sale!

A wonderful selection of native wildflowers, shrubs and other plants will be available for purchase to help you enrich the diversity of plants in your yards and gardens, restore native plants to your woodlands, or begin your own prairie. This once a year sale will help you to “go native” and improve plant landscapes for wildlife in you community!

There was once an intricate and beautiful tapestry of native plants that covered Ohio’s landscape. Many thousands of years of natural processes went into weaving it. Some threads of this plant tapestry have been here since the last glaciers left our state over 10,000 years ago and other threads were left from the time of the tallgrass prairies of nearly 5,000 years ago. Rich and diverse forests of the past few thousand years provided the dominant theme of our native plant tapestry, covering nearly 97% of the state.

All plants sold at Aullwood’s Native Plant sale come from local growers who have used locally selected seeds to produce native plants that are “comfortable” with the climate and wildlife in our area. You will find a wide selection of plants that are suited for various growing conditions. Some plants will grow in open sunlight and are special treats for butterflies and hummingbirds. Other plants are best suited to the moist and shady woods. Yet others will love to have their feet in the water of seeps and pond edges.

Go ahead and get started on an exciting spring project of native plant restoration around your home. First, make a detailed plan of how you want your natural landscape to look and what kinds of animals you want to attract. Then roll-up your sleeves and get rid of all the non-native plants around your home such as bush honeysuckle, garlic mustard, and others. It might also mean that you will want to replace some or even all of the lawn that you mow each week with a beautiful low-maintainence / low water consuming prairie with native grasses and wildflowers. Plant natives throughout your home landscape and the wildlife will thank you. Go Native!

If you would like to be assured of buying from the best selection of plants in the sale, you can pre-order. Only those who pre-order can come to Aullwood Farm and buy plants on the Friday before the public sale weekend from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. At that time you will also have the first opportunity to buy locally rescued wildflowers. For more information on the Native Plant Sale please contact Sarah Alverson, Naturalist Teacher, at Aullwood (937) 890-7360.

Download a PDF of the plant order form.

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Pancake Brunch

Join the “Gourmet Cooks” from the Friends of Aullwood Board of Trustees as we demonstrate our skill at flipping flapjacks, searing sausages, preparing eggs, pouring coffee and ladling maple syrup. Staff will lead tours of the sugarbush where, with the cooperation of the weather, sap will be boiling into maple syrup.

Come and enjoy brunch with us, hike to the sugarbush, enjoy the friendship and companionship of an outing with members of Friends of Aullwood. Guided tours will be offered every 30 minutes. Rent-a- Bucket sponsors will be able to pick up their syrup that day.

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