Fort Ancient, the Hopewell Earthworks site and National Historic Landmark could soon be a World Heritage Site.

WORTH THE DRIVE: You can learn the basics of nature photography at one of Ohio’s ancient treasures

Dayton is surrounded by natural beauty in every direction. It’s a great moment when a fraction of that beauty is caught on camera. But let’s be honest. It’s a skill that takes practice.

Visitors Matt Berger, left, and Kristen Wickert observe a mound at Fort Ancient that is astronomically aligned with the Winter Solstice. Fort Ancient Earthworks outside Lebanon are one stop on the Ancient Ohio Trail, a system of Native American heritage sites a retired UC professor is turning into a global tourist attraction.John Hancock, a retired architecture professor at UC, is also helping put together the application for Fort Ancient, managed by the Dayton Society of Natural History, and other Ohio sites to be designated as a World Heritage Site. But the Ancient Ohio Trail is a separate initiative designed to draw tourists to Ohio. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
Photo: Ty Greenlees

Experts at Fort Ancient are helping nature lovers tap into their inner photographer during a Nature Photography Walk happening on Saturday, Sept. 15. The two-hour event is included with regular admission and is free for members. Participants need to bring their own camera.

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The Funke family, Ryder, left, Sadie and dad Bronson, from Lebanon look over the Little Miami River Valley from Fort Ancient. Fort Ancient Earthworks outside Lebanon is one stop on the Ancient Ohio Trail, a system of Native American heritage sites a retired UC professor is turning into a global tourist attraction. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
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The basics of outdoor photography will be taught during a leisurely walk on Fort Ancient’s beautiful trails, where there will be instant opportunities to put new techniques and skills to use. Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalists will be with the group to help identify the plants and animals being photographed. 

“The walk leaves the museum at 2:00 and lasts approximately 2 hours. Visitors should plan to be at the site and prepared to begin the hike at the start time. Participants are encouraged to dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear,” according to a Fort Ancient press release.

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WHAT: Nature Photography Walk

WHEN: 2 p.m.- 4 p.m. Saturday, September 15

WHERE: Fort Ancient, 6123 OH-350, Oregonia

COST:  $7 adults, $6 seniors (60+) and students (6–17). Children under 6 and members are free. Outdoor admission (no museum access) $8/carload. Members are always free!