By 1812Blockhouse

This year, we’re adding a handful of Fall Road Trip ideas to our usual staple of Summer Road Trips. Each provides Richland Countians with an easy day trip idea that features something unique and different.

As always, we remind our readers that Richland County itself if full of interesting things to see and do. Find out more on the Destination Mansfield website.

Located not far from I71 in southwest Ohio, the Fort Ancient Earthworks & Nature Preserve is not just a historical site but also a hub for educational and interactive experiences.

This weekend, the preserve is offering a unique opportunity for attendees to delve into the ancient arts of hunting, fishing, tanning, and trapping. Led by the experienced Keith Bengston, the workshop aims to equip participants with skills that were essential for survival in the natural world.

Meet the Expert: Keith Bengston

Keith Bengston is no stranger to the Ohio History Connection, having served as the site manager for Fort Hill, Serpent Mound, and SunWatch Indian Village with the Dayton Society of Natural History. Currently employed at Fort Ancient, Bengston holds a B.A. degree in U.S. History and Native American Studies from Northland College in northern Wisconsin. His extensive studies with members of the Ojibwe Nation and numerous museums make him a well-versed guide for this journey into the past.

A Hands-On Experience

Participants will be guided through various techniques, from setting traps to tanning hides and making jerky. The workshop is designed to be hands-on, allowing attendees to actively engage in the learning process. Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast or a history buff, this workshop offers a rare glimpse into the skills that have been passed down through generations.

Dress for the Weather

The workshop will be conducted outdoors, so participants are advised to dress appropriately for the unpredictable Ohio weather. The event is ongoing throughout the afternoon, offering flexibility for those who wish to join in at different times.

Admission Details

For those interested in this enriching experience, the general site admission for non-members is as follows:

  • Adults: $7
  • Children (6-17): $6
  • Seniors (60+): $6
  • Under 5: Free

The workshop offers not just a step back in time but also a step closer to understanding the natural world and our place in it. Don’t miss this chance to learn from a seasoned expert in a setting as historic as it is scenic.

Image by Rastislav Zvolanský from Pixabay

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