With the sun shining and temperatures in the mid-60s, about 50 people attended a hike through Princess Ledges Nature Preserve in Brunswick Hills Township on Sunday to learn about sandstone rocks and geology from the Medina County Parks District.
Dan Bertsch, chief naturalist for the parks district, narrated the hike with tales of wildlife from more than 300 million years ago.
“Ohio, at one time, was a huge saltwater ocean,” Bertsch said. “The rocks tell the stories.”
He showed fossils of salt water animals, which he said proves Ohio was once an ocean.
“Ohio’s a good place to look for fossils,” he said, “because of it being an ocean at one time.”
Bertsch explained the history of the park and the numerous uses for sandstone as a structure for buildings because of its strength.
Princess Ledges, he said, is named after the daughter of a man who used to own the property.
The mile-long hike was part of a program called the Natural Discoveries Hiking Series. The hikes, open to anyone ages 7 and older, take place Sundays at 3 p.m. and Wednesdays at 10 a.m. and tour different areas of the county.
Hikers can keep track of their trails with the groups and work their way up to earning a hand-carved walking stick from the parks department, Bertsch said.
Volunteer Katie Krosse, of Wadsworth, said she has been on close to 40 hikes.
She said there are about a dozen people who attend a hike at least once a week.
“It gets you out on these beautiful days,” Krosse said. “Also, you learn something new every time.”
For information about future hikes and other events through the Medina County Parks Department, call (330) 722-9364 or go to www.medinacountyparks. com.
Contact Jennifer Pignolet at (330) 721-4063 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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