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Families Invited to Old Woman Creek Discovery Lab


Article By: Christina Dierkes, Published: April 19, 2012

HURON, OH — The Discovery Learning Lab at Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) promises visitors an afternoon of fun and learning in a beautiful outdoor setting. The Learning Lab will be held from 1-5 p.m. on April 21 and April 22 and will introduce the latest Great Lakes climate science, using hands-on tools and activities that address a changing climate close to home. The event is presented by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) Division of Wildlife and Ohio Sea Grant with assistance from the Friends of Old Woman Creek.

During the event, visitors can discover sources of carbon pollution and learn how to reduce their carbon footprint. They can also take home a small demonstration of how wetlands take in or store carbon to share with friends. Playing interactive games with staff at various stations will allow families to explore the potential wildlife and habitat impact challenges.

The decision to focus this spring’s event on climate science was made in alignment with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) research and education priorities.

“NERR sites are helping people to understand scientific climate information that they can use to take action in their personal lives,” said Ann Keefe, Old Woman Creek’s education coordinator. “Reserve staff are working to detect and understand the effects of a changing climate on estuaries and coastal habitats.”

Estuaries like Old Woman Creek protect Lake Erie by removing pollutants from rivers and benefit communities by buffering against floods and erosion. These wetlands provide wildlife habitat and serve as nurseries for fish. The Lake Erie fishery contributes more than $800 million to Ohio’s economy annually. Bird and other wildlife watchers spend nearly $1 billion statewide each year.

For more information or to register for the Discovery Lab, visit or call 419-433-4601. Registration is encouraged, but not required, and families are welcome.

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at

Ohio State University’s Ohio Sea Grant program is part of NOAA Sea Grant, a network of 32 Sea Grant programs dedicated to the protection and sustainable use of marine and Great Lakes resources.

Ann Keefe, ODNR Division of Wildlife, Old Woman Creek NERR
Christina Dierkes, Ohio Sea Grant
Bethany McCorkle, ODNR Office of Communications

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