Speakers & Presentations

The MVOC meets the first Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM at Wegerzyn Garden MetroPark, located at 1301 E. Siebenthaler Avenue, Dayton, Ohio 45414.  Come early and enjoy catching up with other members before the business meeting! Look for us in the basement meeting room of the Wegerzyn Center building. Google Map Link

Meetings normally consist of a short introduction where we discuss past activities and upcoming events. This is followed by a program which might feature a guest speaker, or a slide presentation of past activities. Meetings are open to the public and guests are encouraged to attend.

Are You Interested In Giving A Presentation At An MVOC Meeting? MVOC encourages you to volunteer to give a presentation at an MVOC meeting on the topic of your choice. Any relevant outdoor related presentation is welcome. If you are interested please contact .


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

7:00 p.m. – Guest Speakers – Brian and Heather Rayburn

"Introduction to Geocaching"

Geocaching can be something different to everyone; it's all in how you play the game! Some people see it as a 'treasure hunt for adults', some use it to augment hikes and to see and explore new places, and others engage their love of puzzles and brain-teasers. Brian and Heather have been geocaching since 2001 and have found caches throughout Florida and all up the East Coast, throughout Western states, and the Midwest. Come join Brian and Heather Rayburn at the MVOC meeting on March 7 and you'll see examples of geocaches, hear about some fun adventures, some fearsome experiences, and learn how you can expand your love of the outdoors by exploring geocaching.

The program is free and open to the public with light refreshments

Wegerzyn Garden Center
1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave.
Dayton, Ohio 45414



Guest speakers will begin their presentation at 7:00 p.m.


Tuesday, January 3, 2017

7:00 p.m. – Guest Speaker – Don Drozd

"Touring the North and South Islands of New Zealand"

In late February and early March 2016, we spent 3 wonderful weeks car touring the North and South Islands of New Zealand. We experienced everything from coastal areas to 10,000 foot peaks, getting to these areas by hiking, boat, helicopter, and 8 person aircraft, letting us see the country’s spectacular scenery. Guided tours to exploring on our own, big cities to remote areas where we did not see anyone else. For the outdoor enthusiast, this country has it all. It takes a while to get there, but it was one of the best vacations we have ever had, and we are happy to share it with you.

The program is free and open to the public with light refreshments

Wegerzyn Garden Center
1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave.
Dayton, Ohio 45414



Guest speakers will begin their presentation at 7:00 p.m.


Tuesday, December 6, 2016

6:00 pm. Doors Open - 6:30 pm. Dinner Begins

"Holiday Feast and Benefit Auction"

Get ready for great food, some real bargains and a whole lot of fun! Join us for the Miami Valley Outdoor Club's Annual Holiday Dinner and Auction. Family members and friends are welcome. Thinking of becoming a member? - Come on down!

Arrival and set-up begins at 6:00 p.m., dinner will start promptly at 6:30 p.m. and the auction will start at 7:30 p.m. Please bring a covered dish, salad or desert for eight to share, plus table service for yourself. MVOC will provide baked ham, turkey breasts, rolls, and hot and soft drinks.

The entertainment will feature an auction of your donated outdoor gear. MVOC member Sharon Mullins will be the auctioneer again this year. You may end up taking home a camp stove or hiking boots you didn't even know you needed. The proceeds will be donated to a deserving nature center in the area.

Bring your gently worn outdoor gear and related items - skis, rollerblades, backpacks, tents, jackets, books, dried food, paddles, flashlights, lanterns, maps, sunglasses - and your money - to this fun and food-filled annual event, at our regular December meeting. Donated gear is not required, but if you really want to contribute, just stop by your local thrift store and you might find something to add to the sale. Hope to see you there, even if all you want to do is eat and spend time with friends!

Wegerzyn Garden Center
1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave.
Dayton, Ohio 45414



Door Open at 6:00 pm. - Dinner Begins at 6:30 pm.


Tuesday, November 1, 2016

7:00 p.m. - Guest Speakers: Andy Niekamp and Yvonne Entingh

"The Superior Hiking Trail in Minnesota"

Join us for a photo journey on the not-so-well-known Superior Hiking Trail. The Superior Hiking Trail is a footpath that follows the rocky ridgeline above Lake Superior on Minnesota's North Shore. Our 270 mile, 21 day backpacking trek, took us from the remote Canadian border south to bustling Duluth in wolf, bear and moose country through spectacular scenery of wild rivers, cascading waterfalls and beautiful vistas of the lake the Ojibwe called Gitche Gumee.

The program is free and open to the public with light refreshments

Wegerzyn Garden Center
1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave.
Dayton, Ohio 45414



Guest speakers will begin their presentation at 7:00 p.m.


Tuesday, October 4, 2016

7:00 p.m. - Guest Speaker: Tom Helbig

"Southern Tier Special Bike Tour"

Tom Helbig of Tomfoolery Outdoors will be highlighting his bike adventure across the United States from San Diego to Key West. He will review how he endured the day to day challenges while biking over 4,000 miles across the US and simultaneously raising awareness and funds for the Special Olympics. It’s a great story and don’t miss it.

The program is free and open to the public with light refreshments

Wegerzyn Garden Center
1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave.
Dayton, Ohio 45414



Guest speakers will begin their presentation at 7:00 p.m.


Tuesday, September 6, 2016

7:00 p.m. - Guest Speaker: Allen Johnson

"The Atacama - the Driest Desert in the World"

There are areas in the Atacama Desert where zero rainfall has been recorded in the past 500 years. The desert, situated in Northern Chile, is in the shadow of the Andes Mountain. I traveled to the desert to visit its unique environment and make astronomical observations at the Atacama Lodge, the home of the space center and telescopes. At night I viewed Jupiter and four of its moon, the Andromeda galaxy and a brilliant Milky Way. During the day, I drove out into the Salar de Atacama, a salt flat 20 times larger than the Bonneville Salt Flat. I also visited El Tatio Geysers, the highest elevation geyser field in the world at 14,040-feet elevation and the largest geyser field in South America with 80 active geysers. Another day I drove to Aldea de Tulor, an archeological site in the desert occupied by the Aymara natives from about 400 BC to 1200 AD. They built round adobe houses with reed roofs. For another unusual adventure, I went sand-boarding in Valle de la Muerte, Death Valley.

The program is free and open to the public

Wegerzyn Garden Center
1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave.
Dayton, Ohio 45414



Guest speakers will begin their presentation at 7:00 p.m.


Tuesday, June 7, 2016

7:00 p.m. - Guest Speaker: Anthony Whaley

"How to Prepare for a Multi-Day Bicycle Touring Trip"

Note Location Change!

Great Miami Outfitters, 25 East Linden Ave, Miamisburg

Join us for another installment of the Great Miami Outfitters’ Living for Adventure Speaker Series! At Great Miami Outfitters, we “Live for Adventure” and we want to share that with you too! We hope our Speaker Series encourages you get out and adventure! Do you enjoy riding a bike? Do you enjoy camping or traveling? Put the two together! Come learn how to prepare for your very own self-contained road cycling adventure! Great Miami Outfitters offers this FREE presentation to MVOC members to help you get started bike touring and to introduce you to the latest apparel and equipment! This Great Miami Outfitters’ presentation and discussion will cover trip and route planning, apparel, shelters, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, food and nutrition, how to pack, and more! It’s a great opportunity to learn more and ask questions about traveling on your bike in a friendly, casual atmosphere.

The program is free and open to the public

Broken Paddle Multi-Purpose Room at Great Miami Outfitters
This class takes place in the lower level of our store. Requires going up and down stairs.
25 E. Linden Ave,
Miamisburg, OH 45342



Guest speakers will begin their presentation at 7:00 p.m.


Tuesday, May 3, 2016

7:00 p.m. - Guest Speakers: John & Miriam Jackobs

"Day Hiking the El Camino Trail in Spain"

The El Camino Trail has several routes thru Europe. Our trek took us from Tui, Spain to Santiago, Spain - a distance of 70 miles over 6 days. The presentation includes images of the paths, signage and towns along the trail and other sights of Spain.

The program is free and open to the public with light refreshments

Wegerzyn Garden Center
1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave.
Dayton, Ohio 45414



Guest speakers will begin their presentation at 7:00 p.m.


Tuesday, April 1, 2016

7:00 p.m. - Guest Speakers: Melissa Grosvenor

"Parks of Greene County"

Melissa Grosvenor, Naturalist for Greene County Parks is presenting " Parks of Greene County, Ohio". Melissa will focus on the natural side of the 2,600 acres of parks and nature reserves offering biking, hiking, fishing, canoeing and camping. She will pinpoint areas where the Bald Eagles soar.

The program is free and open to the public with light refreshments

Wegerzyn Garden Center
1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave.
Dayton, Ohio 45414



Guest speakers will begin their presentation at 7:00 p.m.


Tuesday, March 1, 2016

7:00 p.m. - Guest Speakers: Matt Jones

"Preparation for Survival"

Matt Jones owner of OMEGA SURVIVAL SUPPLY, 300 Warren St., Dayton will present how to prepare for survival under various conditions and scenarios. He is a strong advocate and teacher of survival skills and the preparation for the unexpected and/or disaster. He will combine his Power Point presentation with active conversation with the audience.

The program is free and open to the public with light refreshments

Wegerzyn Garden Center
1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave.
Dayton, Ohio 45414



Guest speakers will begin their presentation at 7:00 p.m.


Tuesday, January 5, 2016

7:00 p.m. - Guest Speakers: Allen Johnson

"Antartic Plunge – Tour of - Penguin Land"

Allen Johnson will describe his two week trip across the Antartic Circle to the icy mainland. He encountered thousands of penguins, hundreds of seals and dozens of whales. Allen’s hope to bring back a penguin chick was thwarted when the guide removed the chick from Allen’s backpack.

The program is free and open to the public with light refreshments

Wegerzyn Garden Center
1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave.
Dayton, Ohio 45414



Guest speakers will begin their presentation at 7:00 p.m.


Tuesday, November 3, 2015

7:00 p.m. - Guest Speakers: Don Drozd

"National Parks and Monuments in Southern Utah"

The presentation I am giving is about a 3 week trip to southern Utah and northern Arizona in May and June 2014, when my wife Nancy and I visited 9 National Parks and Monuments. It wasa combination of tent camping and every so often staying in a cabin at one of the National Parks. We drove from Dayton and all our gear fit reasonably well into our Honda Accord. For those who enjoy our great National Parks, if you haven’t been to southern Utah yet, then a trip of this type is an absolute must for your bucket list.

The program is free and open to the public with light refreshments

Wegerzyn Garden Center
1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave.
Dayton, Ohio 45414



Guest speakers will begin their presentation at 7:00 p.m.


Tuesday, October 6, 2015

7:00 p.m. - Guest Speakers: Tricia Smith

"Travel to China"

In July 2015 I volunteered to travel to southern China to teach a summer camp to local kids and English teachers. While I may have been there just over two weeks, the experience has left a lasting impact. I experienced the rich culture and wonderfully intense hospitality throughout my daily interactions and at night spending time with my host family. The differences in culture have made me take a step back to appreciate some of their value and emphasis on relationships. Please come and join for my talk October 6th in the basement at Wegerzyn Gardens at the monthly Miami valley Outdoor Club meeting.

The program is free and open to the public with light refreshments

Wegerzyn Garden Center
1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave.
Dayton, Ohio 45414



Guest speakers will begin their presentation at 7:00 p.m.


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

7:00 p.m. - Guest Speakers: Chuck Smith, Bob Steinbach, Laura Estandia

"What’s Happening in the Local Bicycling World"

Chuck Smith, Chair of the Ohio Bicycle Federation will enlighten us about the Ohio Bicycle Federation and pending action on Ohio House Bill 154 including a 3 foot passing requirement. Immediately following, Bob Steinbach, Director, Sustainable, Solutions and Transportation Alternatives, Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission will provide an update on recent and upcoming trail activitiesin the region.Laura Estandia, Executive Director of Bike Miami Valley will introduce us to the new BIKE SHARE program recently implemented in Dayton.

The program is free and open to the public with light refreshments

Wegerzyn Garden Center
1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave.
Dayton, Ohio 45414



Guest speakers will begin their presentation at 7:00 p.m.


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

7:00 p.m. - Guest Speaker: Andrew Schlegel

"Great Miami Outfitters - First Hand"

Note Location Change!

Great Miami Outfitters, 25 East Linden Ave, Miamisburg


Now's your chance to see one of the Miami Valley's premier supplier of gear and apparel for outdoor enthusiasts up close and personal. Gather at Great Miami Outfitters in Miamisburg for the May meeting of the Miami Valley Outdoor Club.

Great Miami Outfitters, an independent, family owned and operated small business, carry the most up-to-date, highest quality gear and apparel, usually only found in outdoor specialty stores. Their enthusiastic staff is knowledgeable about outdoor activities and the products they sell and want to make sure the customers enjoy the outdoors with the right gear. GMO is more than a store. They offer classes, programs and trips on canoeing, kayaking, backpacking and fishing, and they are an excellent information resource for area outdoor activities and facilities.

The presentation will be in the downstairs classroom of Great Miami Outfitters and will cover the latest, greatest and newest gear out there as well as GMO sponsored classes and outdoor events. In addition, MVOC members can sign up for the MVOC member program and receive 10% off everything—full price and sales merchandise—that night.
Come on out and discover what GMO has to offer AND discover some of the things MVOC has planned for the summer.

You can learn a lot about Great Miami Outfitters even before your first visit, by checking out their website at Great Miami Outfitters. Read their newsletter, plan a canoe trip, watch a video, shop online or ask a question by phone or email.


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

7:00 p.m. - Guest Speakers: Jim Nies

"Wales!? Why Wales?"

Jim Nies is a retired educator and president of MVOC. Last September, inspired by an old article in Backpacker Magazine, Jim and his daughter spent a week hiking on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail, a part of the Wales Coast Path. He will talk about the planning, the sights, the lodgings, the transportation, and even the people. There might be a nice photo or two as well.

The program is free and open to the public with light refreshments

Wegerzyn Garden Center
1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave.
Dayton, Ohio 45414



Guest speakers will begin their presentation at 7:00 p.m.


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

7:00 p.m. - Guest Speakers: Nick Boutis

"Lessons Learned from the Last Frontier - Alaska"

Nick Boutis is the executive director of the Glen Helen Ecology Institute, a position he has held since 2006. When not working to administer southwestern Ohio's most visited private nature preserve, he enjoys traveling. And, when traveling, he enjoys a wide variety of outdoor pursuits, especially hiking and birding. In 2014, he reached a personal milestone of visiting all 50 states, spending two weeks exploring Alaska. Nick holds a biology degree from Oberlin College and a Masters degree in nonprofit management from the University of Maryland. He credits his love of the great outdoors to his father and their annual backpacking trips in the mountains of New York. He has largely forgotten about that time he was five when the mosquitos were large, abundant, and relentless, all his clothes were damp, and the dog had a run-in with a porcupine.

The program is free and open to the public with light refreshments

Wegerzyn Garden Center
1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave.
Dayton, Ohio 45414



Guest speakers will begin their presentation at 7:00 p.m.


Tuesday, Novenber 4, 2014

7:00 p.m. - Guest Speakers: Andy Niekamp

"Denver to Durango -A 500 Mile Hike on the Colorado Trail"

Take a 500 mile journey from Denver to Durango on the Colorado Trail through the beautiful Rocky Mountains with photos and narration as Andy Niekamp recounts his epic 2013 summer hike. The Colorado Trail is Colorado's premier long distance trail and travels through the spectacular Rocky Mountains amongst peaks with lakes, creeks and diverse ecosystems. It traverses six wilderness areas and eight mountain ranges topping out at 13,271 feet. The average elevation is over 10,000 feet and it rises and falls dramatically. Learn how Andy endured sun, heat, rain, wind, hail and snow to complete this six week hike.

The program is free and open to the public with light refreshments

Wegerzyn Garden Center
1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave.
Dayton, Ohio 45414



Guest speakers will begin their presentation at 7:00 p.m.


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

7:00 p.m. - Guest Speakers: Tom Helbig

"6 day Kayaking Adventure in The Everglades"

Tom Helbig, local adventurer and entrepreneur of Tomfoolery Outdoors, will present his “6 day Kayaking Adventure to The Everglades”. He will guide, educate, motivate and entertain you through The Everglades National Park in south Florida. An adventure filled with dolphins, crocodiles, challenges, beautiful sunsets, rain, wind, tidal changes and more. He started in Flamingo FL paddled up the coast on the Gulf of Mexico then paddled through Little Shark River through the interior of the park camping on chickees back to Flamingo, FL-70 mile memorable loop. If you ever want to “actively” visit the Everglades this presentation will prepare you for your own adventure. Don’t miss this fascinating presentation.

The program is free and open to the public with light refreshments

Wegerzyn Garden Center
1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave.
Dayton, Ohio 45414



Guest speakers will begin their presentation at 7:00 p.m.


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

7:00 p.m. - Guest Speakers: Allen L. Johnson

"Hiking to Mt. Everest Base Camp 17,000 ft."

MVOC member Allen Johnson fulfills every club member’s dream of taking on the tallest mountain in the world –Mt. Everest 29,029 ft. Allen will present slides of his exciting 2,500 mile train ride across China and 9-day journey across the Tibetan plateau just to get to the Mt. Everest area. After spending the night in a Tibetan tent at the base of Mt. Everest, he started out before dawn to climb to the Everest base camp at 17,000 ft. to take a sunrise photo. The base camp is higher than every North American mountain except Mt. McKinley 19,685 ft. Don’t miss this presentation.

The program is free and open to the public with light refreshments

Wegerzyn Garden Center
1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave.
Dayton, Ohio 45414



Guest speakers will begin their presentation at 7:00 p.m.


Tuesday, June 3, 2014

7:00 p.m. - Guest Speakers: Joel Timmons

"Hiking the North Loop Trail at Glacier National Park"

My journey through Glacier National Park was centered on being the lucky recipient of the most coveted backpacking permit in the park; the 50 mile Northern Loop. This loop is popular as it includes all dynamics of the park from mountain tops to valley floors with fascinating changes in flora and vegetation as one ascends and descends on steep hills and ridges created by glacier melt. This 6 day, 5 night journey included many wonders and challenges which we will share in this photo documentary

The program is free and open to the public with light refreshments

Wegerzyn Garden Center
1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave.
Dayton, Ohio 45414



Guest speakers will begin their presentation at 7:00 p.m.


Tuesday, May 6, 2014

7:00 p.m. - Guest Speakers: Mark Meyer

"Torrent Falls Climbing Adventure"

For a true outdoor adventure experience, you need to come to Torrent Falls Climbing Adventure. We are located 5 miles from the Natural Bridge State Park in the Red River Gorge of Kentucky. It is a unique and special place offering the first Via Ferrata in the United States. You may ask, "What is a Via Ferrata?" A Via Ferrata is a self-belay climbing system that requires no prior experience. The system consists of Hand Grips, Foot Steps, and a safety cable system that allows you to experience rock climbing on real rock. It is great for beginners, large groups, families, and individuals. We also offer Night Climbing, Guided Rock Climbing, Rock Climbing Clinics, Multi-Pitch Climbing, Boy Scout Climbing Merit Badge and Rappelling.

Mark Meyer will be presenting the offerings of Torrent Falls Climbing Adventure on Tuesday, May 6. Mark is the Owner of the first Via Ferrata and will have a presentation with pictures and a brief demonstration of this unique climbing system. The program is free and open to the public with light refreshments

Wegerzyn Garden Center
1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave.
Dayton, Ohio 45414



Guest speakers will begin their presentation at 7:00 p.m.


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

7:00 p.m. - Guest Speakers: Jeff "Blazer" Smith

"Thru-Hiking the Appalachian Trail"

Jeff "Blazer" Smith successfully thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail, March 19 - August 23, 2013. His presentation will cover the basic steps he took to prepare for his hike, along with the joys and hardships of trekking across the Appalachian Mountain Range, on his way to Mt. Katahdin, Maine.

"It was an awesome journey. If anyone has the slightest desire to thru-hike the A.T., they should definitely go for it. It was the most rewarding adventure I've ever been on. The people I met, and the experiences I had, were amazing."

The program is free and open to the public with light refreshments

Wegerzyn Garden Center
1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave.
Dayton, Ohio 45414



Guest speakers will begin their presentation at 7:00 p.m.


Tuesday, March 4, 2014

7:00 p.m. - Guest Speakers: Mike and Sue Fanelli

"A Party on Wheels - The Great Ohio Bike Adventure (GOBA)"

How about doing 50 miles a day on a bicycle for a week with 3,000 of the friendliest people on earth? The Fanelli's have participated in the Great Ohio Bike Adventure for the past 10 years. Their slide show will make you a part of the Party on Wheels with all the details you need, so you can join in on this amazing adventure. Don't think you can do it? They'll convince you otherwise. It's family friendly and the cheapest vacation you'll ever have. Come out and learn about this year's route, what type of bike to ride, what equipment you need, where you will stay, and the fun things to do and see along the way
The program is free and open to the public with light refreshments

Wegerzyn Garden Center
1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave.
Dayton, Ohio 45414



Guest speakers will begin their presentation at 7:00 p.m.


SuperBowl Sunday, February 2, 2014

Annual Hike & Chili Cook-Off at Cricket Holler

Hike at 2:00 p.m. - Meal at 4:00 p.m.

Mark your calendars for MVOC's popular mid-winter event - the 8th annual Hike & Chili Cook-Off at beautiful Cricket Holler Boy Scout Camp with a heated lodge and indoor restrooms. It’s a perfect get-together for all ages, with hiking, board games, and lots of food.

We’ll meet and eat in the K-Lodge at 6675 Brantford Road across the field from the parking lot. (Do not take the Frederick Pike entrance) Arrive at 2:00 p.m., plug in your crockpots, and we’re off for a hike that lasts about 1.5 hours . When we get back, be ready to cozy up to a roaring fire and taste all kinds of delicious homemade, steaming-hot chili. Then we’ll vote for “The Hottest,” “Most Unusual” and the winner of “The Best” chili will be presented with the coveted “Golden Ladle.” Make lots so we don' run out!

The event is free, but you must bring something to share - chili, a covered dish, salad or dessert to serve at least eight. Please bring your own table setting as well. If you don't want to hike, bring along your knitting, a book or a deck of cards, scrabble and wait by the fire for the hikers to return.

Come to the hike or the meal or both. Again this year we'll have a 50/50 money game where you can put your name in a hat for each dollar you contribute. The person whose name is drawn at the end of the day will win half the money. The other half will go to defray the cost of the event. We'll finish in time to watch the SuperBowl.

Reservations preferred, but walk-ins welcome. For more information contact Sharon Mullins, (937)620-0887 or dmullinsvanoh@aol.com.


Tuesday, January 7, 2014

7:00 p.m. - Guest Speakers: Debby Schafer

"Walking El Camino de Santiago"

For five weeks this summer Daytonian Debby Schafer (left) and her daughter Kristen (right) hiked 300 miles across Spain on the pilgrimage route Camino de Santiago.

Beginning in the French Basque country, they crossed the Pyrenees, continued into Spain through mountains, vineyards, floods and heat, to complete their journey at the Cathedral of Santiago and the crypt of the apostle St. James.

Each year thousands set out to make their way to Santiago de Compostela. Most travel by foot, some by bicycle, and a few travel as some of their medieval counterparts did, on horseback or by donkey. For many it is a religious pilgrimage, but most participants are hikers who walk the route for non-religious reasons like travel, sport, self-discovery, or simply the challenge of weeks of walking in a foreign land.

Come see this ancient trail through the eyes of a first time hiker, who left her comfort zone at home and with little to no Spanish language skills, fulfilled a lifelong dream to follow this epic road. The program is free and open to the public with light refreshments

Wegerzyn Garden Center
1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave.
Dayton, Ohio 45414



Guest speakers will begin their presentation at 7:00 p.m.


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

7:00 p.m. - Guest Speakers: Norm Fox

"Kittyhawk Ski Club: Past, Present & Future"

Join members of the Miami Valley Outdoor Club to learn about the Kittyhawk Ski and Board Club. Ski Club president Norm Fox will tell us about the organization that has provided skiing, recreational and social opportunities to residents in the Dayton area for 40 years. The club meets monthly year-round and its main goal is to bring together people who like to ski and snowboard and introduce people to skiing and snowboarding, however they offer a variety of other activities in the region, like zip-lining, Scottish dancing, ice skating and dining at various restaurants in the Miami Valley. The Kittyhawk Ski Club is a member of the Ohio Valley Ski Council providing the club members access to Western ski trips, overseas ski trips and events organized by 13 other ski clubs. This year’s trips sponsored by the Kettyhawk Ski Club include Telluride, Co; Park City, UT; Snowshoe, WV; Boyne Highlads MI; and Mt Bachelor, OR. This may be your chance to tap into trips out West or even the Alps, with fellow Daytonians, and expand your outdoor experiences, and maybe even learn to ski. You don't even to be a skier to enjoy the club or the trips. Some ski club members just go for the fellowship and adventure - an opportunity to sight see and relax away from home. To learn more about the Kittyhawk Ski and Board Club check out their website at www.skikittyhawk.com. The program is free and open to the public with light refreshments

Wegerzyn Garden Center
1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave.
Dayton, Ohio 45414



Guest speakers will begin their presentation at 7:00 p.m.


Tuesday, June 4, 2013

7:00 p.m. - Guest Speakers: Students from the University of Dayton River Institute

"The Great Miami River - Our Greatest Natural Resource"

Join members of the Miami Valley Outdoor Club to learn about the University of Dayton's River Institute and what it's doing to protect Dayton's great natural resource. The program is free and open to the public with light refreshments

Wegerzyn Garden Center
1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave.
Dayton, Ohio 45414

In August of 2004, a group of UD honors students embarked on a 17-mile paddling trip on the Great Miami River through Dayton and ending near UD, with the purpose of learning about the importance of the river, and environmental justice and service. Months later, when these students responded to a challenge to engage with the community, the Rivers Institute was born, with the vision of reuniting Dayton and its rivers by building opportunities to see our rivers as the strategic natural resource central to the communal, economic, aesthetic and ecological vitality of the region.

The Rivers Institute administered by the Fitz Center for Leadership in Community at the University of Dayton is an initiative to bring key partners in Dayton and surrounding communities together to promote our watershed while preserving and protecting its resources. Students, faculty and staff from the university are working with community members, stakeholders, and local organizations to build community around our rivers. With the invaluable support and innovation of its partnerships, both within and beyond university, the institute's work focuses on promoting learning and undergraduate research. Outreach to the community includes presentations to groups, school programs, the River Mobile, special events and the annual River Summit.
Find out more about the River Institute by contacting them at

Guest speakers will begin their presentation at 7:00 p.m.


Tuesday, May 7, 2013

7:00 p.m. - Guest Speaker: Andrew Schlegel

"Great Miami Outfitters - First Hand"

Note Location Change!

Great Miami Outfitters, 25 East Linden Ave, Miamisburg


Now's your chance to see one of the Miami Valley's premier supplier of gear and apparel for outdoor enthusiasts up close and personal. Gather at Great Miami Outfitters in Miamisburg for the May meeting of the Miami Valley Outdoor Club.

Great Miami Outfitters is an independent, family owned and operated small business that opened their doors in May 2007. And although they chose to locate in an historic 1860's building in downtown Miamisburg, their merchandise and services are anything but old fashioned. They carry the most up-to-date, highest quality gear and apparel, usually only found in outdoor specialty stores. Their enthusiastic staff are knowledgeable about outdoor activities and the products they sell and want to make sure the customers enjoy the outdoors with the right gear. GMO is more than a store. They offer classes, programs and trips on canoeing, kayaking, backpacking and fishing, and they are an excellent information resource for area outdoor activities and facilities.

The presentation will be in the downstairs classroom of Great Miami Outfitters and will be covering the latest, greatest and newest gear out there as well as the new MVOC specific member card to Great Miami Outfitters.

You can learn a lot about Great Miami Outfitters even before your first visit, by checking out their website at Great Miami Outfitters. Read their newsletter, plan a canoe trip, watch a video, shop online or ask a question by phone or email.


Tuesday, April 2, 2013

7:00 p.m. - Guest Speaker: Bernie Farley

"Whitewater Warehouse: Past, Present & Future"


Wegerzyn Garden Center, 1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave., Dayton, Ohio 45414


Whitewater Warehouse, a premier commercial kayaking outfitter in the Dayton area, was established in 1994 on Valley Street by Bernie Farley and Jeryl Yantis. Come hear Bernie share his 42 years of canoe and kayaking history at the April 2 meeting of the Miami Valley Outdoor Club at Wegerzyn Garden Center, 1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave. Dayton. He'll tell us about his longtime obsession with the sport, why and how he and Jeryl started their kayaking business and their experience as entrepreneurs. Their 7:00 p.m. program will follow a short meeting at 6:30 for Outdoor Club announcements. The program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments.

In 1970 Bernie's love of canoeing began on the meandering streams in Ohio. His interest progressed to paddling easy whitewater rivers, canoe tripping in the Canadian Wilderness, and seeking out new and challenging rivers throughout the United States. Jeryl has been whitewater kayaking since 1986 and her first kayak was a blue Perception Dancer. Both Bernie and Jeryl were active in the local Outdoor Adventure Club (OAC) - Bernie sometimes as president or vice president and often as trip and event coordinator; Jeryl serving as secretary, membership chairperson and newsletter editor for the group.

These days, Bernie and Jeryl have their hands full running a thriving kayaking business which includes a full line of recreational, whitewater, fishing and touring kayaks with all the gear that goes with them. They also offer a variety of kayaking classes, Wednesday afternoon paddles down the Mad River, river clean-ups and an assortment of fishing, wilderness trips and special events for their customers.


Tuesday, March 5, 2013

7:00 p.m. - Guest Speakers: Centerville Scout Troop 516

"The Great Allegheny Passage Bicycle Adventure"

Last summer, eleven senior scouts along with four adults set out on bicycles, peddling through Pennsylvania and Maryland, and coming home with a trip to remember!
Come hear members of Centerville Scout Troop 516 will share their experience at the March 5 meeting of the Miami Valley Outdoor Club at:

Wegerzyn Garden Center
1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave.
Dayton, Ohio 45414

The group biked the Great Allegheny Passage Trail in southern Pennsylvania and then connected up to the C&O Canal Towpath in Maryland. The combined trails are 325 miles long. The scouts carried all their own gear and camped along the way. The bike trail starts just south of Pittsburgh and goes all the way to Washington D.C. which was their goal. After 175 miles of travel a catalytic event occurred that changed the plan and made for quite an adventure.

Join us to hear how they planned and executed their journey, what gear and supplies they took, what sights they saw, and how they dealt with the unexpected.

After a short meeting with announcements and trip reports at 6:30 p.m., the guest speakers will begin their presentation at 7:00 p.m. The program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments.




SuperBowl Sunday, February 3, 2013

Annual Hike & Chili Cook-Off at Cricket Holler

Hike at 2:00 p.m. - Meal at 3:30 p.m.

Mark your calendars for MVOC's popular mid-winter event - the 8th annual Hike & Chili Cook-Off at beautiful Cricket Holler Boy Scout Camp with a heated lodge and indoor restrooms. It’s a perfect get-together for all ages, with hiking, board games, and lots of food.

We’ll meet and eat in the K-Lodge at 6675 Brantford Road across the field from the parking lot. (Do not take the Frederick Pike entrance) Arrive at 2:00 p.m., plug in your crockpots, and we’re off for a hike that lasts about 1.5 hours . When we get back, be ready to cozy up to a roaring fire and taste all kinds of delicious homemade, steaming-hot chili. Then we’ll vote for “The Hottest,” “Most Unusual” and the winner of “The Best” chili will be presented with the coveted “Golden Ladle.” Make lots so we don' run out!

The event is free, but you must bring something to share - chili, a covered dish, salad or dessert to serve at least eight. Please bring your own table setting as well. If you don't want to hike, bring along your knitting, a book or a deck of cards, scrabble and wait by the fire for the hikers to return.

Come to the hike or the meal or both. Again this year we'll have a 50/50 money game where you can put your name in a hat for each dollar you contribute. The person whose name is drawn at the end of the day will win half the money. The other half will go to defray the cost of the event. We'll finish in time to watch the SuperBowl.

Reservations preferred, but walk-ins welcome. For more information contact Lindy McDonough, 278-1493 or lindymcd46@aol.com.


Tuesday, January 8, 2013

7:00 p.m. - Guest Speaker: Eleanor Moseman

"One Woman, Her Bicycle and 15,000 Miles Across Asia"

Come hear the kick-off program for the Five Rivers MetroParks and Wright State University 2013 Adventure Speaker Series co-hosted by the Miami Valley Outdoor Club, on Tuesday, January 8, 7:00 p.m. at Wegerzyn Garden Center, 1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave. in Dayton.

In the spring of 2010, armed with a fluency in Mandarin and a history of bike commuting, Eleanor took off on a two year cycling adventure. She went slow, avoided well-known routes, and took time to get to know the locals. While her exploits include braving sandstorms in the Gobi Desert, camping at -25°C in the Tianshan Mountains, and weathering a blizzard in Kyrgyzstan, Moseman’s aim was cultural experiences such as building a mud house in Yunnan, receiving a sponge bath from Tajik women, riding a horse during a Buzkashi match in Kyrgyzstan, and witnessing a Shaman ritual in U-Tsang Tibet.

The program is free and open to the public. All ages are welcome and no registration is required.

Learn more of Eleanor’s extensive bicycle explorations by visiting www.wandercyclist.com




Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Holiday Feast and Benefit Auction

Get ready for great food, some real bargains and a whole lot of fun! Join us for the Miami Valley Outdoor Club's Annual Holiday Dinner and Auction. Family members and friends are welcome. Thinking of becoming a member? - Come on down!

Arrival and set-up begins at 6:00 p.m., dinner will start promptly at 6:30 p.m. and the auction will start at 7:30 p.m. Please bring a covered dish, salad or desert for eight to share, plus table service for yourself. MVOC will provide baked ham, turkey breasts, rolls, and hot and soft drinks.

The entertainment will feature an auction of your donated outdoor gear. MVOC member Sharon Mullins will be the auctioneer again this year. You may end up taking home a camp stove or hiking boots you didn't even know you needed. The proceeds will be donated to a deserving nature center in the area.

Bring your gently worn outdoor gear and related items - skis, rollerblades, backpacks, tents, jackets, books, dried food, paddles, flashlights, lanterns, maps, sunglasses - and your money - to this fun and food-filled annual event, at our regular December meeting. Donated gear is not required, but if you really want to contribute, just stop by your local thrift store and you might find something to add to the sale. Hope to see you there, even if all you want to do is eat and spend time with friends!


Tuesday, November 6, 2012

7:00 p.m. - Guest Speaker: Amy Callahan West

"Never Give Up … My journey over, under, and thru the Appalachian Trail"

Come join the Miami Valley Outdoor Club,Tuesday, November 6, 7:00 p.m. at Wegerzyn Garden Center, 1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave. in Dayton to hear club member Amy Callahan West tell about fulfilling her dream of hiking the Appalachian Trail. In 2011, her first year on the trail, Amy hiked with her son Nick and part way through her journey met the love-of-her-life, Joel West. She and Joel have been hiking companions ever since. On her second trip in 2012, she and Joel were married on the Appalachian Trail at camp Riff Raff near Damascus, Virginia. Despite the fun she had, the places she saw and the friends she made, Amy had more than her share of hurdles while hiking the AT, not only encountering heat, rain and snow but dealing with illness, injuries and medical issues that would stop most people in their tracks. But she was determined to complete the more than 2,100-mile trek beginning at Springer Mountain in Georgia, passing through 14 states, and culminating on Mt. Katahdin in Maine. Come hear Amy share her adventure - the highs, the lows, and the memories of a lifetime.

The program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments.


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Guest Speaker: Allen Johnson

"Biking the Fairy Tale Trail"

Hear Dayton resident Allen Johnson, widely known for taking his grandchildren on many outdoor adventures hiking, biking, canoeing and more, tell us about his latest trip at the October 2 meeting of the Miami Valley Outdoor Club at Wegerzyn Garden Center, 1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave. in Dayton.

In June Allen Johnson and three granddaughters biked for ten days along the Fairy Tale Trail from Frankfurt, Germany 400 miles up to Bremen, pedaling 40-miles a day between castles and staying in the restored castles at night and visiting numerous ones associated with famous fairy tales like Rapunzel, Pied Piper and Puss-in-Boots. The Sleeping Beauty storybook castle conducted reenactments on weekends. They also enjoyed stops along the way to buy fresh strawberries and saw lots of wildlife and domestic animals like a huge European hare, pheasant, stork, swans and even nine two-humped camels. Mostly they rode on bikeways along the Fulda River or Weser River, so except for an occasional rise over a bridge or levee, the rest of their ride remained relatively flat, visiting many towns and villages including Sababurg, Trendelburg, Hameln, Costedt and Etelsen. According to Johnson's granddaughters the trip was "Fantastic! Great fun. Delicious! Informative. Beautiful. And the people [they] met were so nice."

Come as early as 6:00 p.m. for socializing and trip planning, followed at 6:30 by a short meeting with announcements and trip reports. The speaker will begin at 7:00 p.m. The program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments.


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Guest Speaker: Scott Barger

"Wilderness Trails of California"

Hear Dayton Hiker and Miami Valley Outdoor Club member Scott Barger share his adventures backpacking on a scenic loop in the High Sierras at the September meeting of the Miami Valley Outdoor Club at Wegerzyn Garden Center, 1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave. in Dayton. Scott will share trail stories, hiking tips and beautiful photos of scenery taken in September 2011 along The Pacific Crest Trail, the John Muir and River Trails in the Ansel Adams Wilderness, the John Muir Wilderness and the Minarets Mountains in the Inyo National Forest in California.

Come as early as 6:00 p.m. for socializing and trip planning, followed at 6:30 by a short meeting with announcements and trip reports. The speaker will begin at 7:00 p.m. The program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments.


Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Guest Speakers: Jeanne Hand & Dave Platt

"Alaska Road Trip"

You are invited to the August 7 meeting of the Miami Valley Outdoor Club at Wegerzyn Garden Center, 1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave. in Dayton to hear Jeanne Hand and her husband Dave Platt share their multiple-month driving trip from Cincinnati, through Canada, to Alaska in 2011. Camping about half the time, the pair rode 60 hours on the Alaska SE Marine Ferry from Bellingham, WA to Juneau, AK plus an 8-hour ride on the 'fast' catamaran jaunt to Sitka. And they visited Tracy Arm Fjord, about a 3-hour boat ride from Juneau in a boat that holds about 50 passengers, with a captain who liked to get really up close and personal with glaciers, bears, and waterfalls. The scenery was absolutely breath taking and they frequently sighted American bald eagles. They also took a several-hour bus trip into Mt. Denali (McKinley) on July 4th. As is typical in Alaska, it was cool and rainy and Mt. Denali was not visible. Locals say you can only see it 30% of the time during the summer months. Disappointed that they couldn't see the highest peak in North America, Dave and Jeanne left a day early and headed to Anchorage. A few hours into the drive, the clouds parted and all of a sudden there was this huge mountain miles away. At least it was visible from a distance for several days after. These are some of the highlights of their Alaskan adventure. Hear their full story and see the sights as they share their once-in-a-lifetime trip.

The program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments.


Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Guest Speaker: Christine Plepys

"Cycling Self-Tour Through Southern Thailand"

You are invited to the June meeting of the Miami Valley Outdoor Club at Wegerzyn Garden Center, 1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave. in Dayton to hear outdoor adventurer Christine Plepys recount her journey on a first-time international self-supported cycling trip through southern Thailand. See the beauty during a colorful slideshow and hear the adventure of navigational challenges, incredible food, learning Thai, and more.

The program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments.


Tuesday, May 1, 2012

6:30 p.m.

Guest Speakers: Dwight Gehring and Sharon Mullins

"Stretching for Outdoor Activities"

Massage Therapist, Dwight Gehring and Occupational Therapist Sharon Mullins (neither are pictured), both Miami Valley Outdoor Club members and avid hiking enthusiasts, will demonstrate a variety of stretching, conditioning and warm-up exercises for outdoor activities at the outdoor club's May meeting. The location and starting time have changed because of the annual conflict with the garden center's MayFair plant sale preparations.

Event Location: outdoors at Taylorsville Reserve, Red Fox Shelter, 8400 Brown School Rd. Rain or Shine, but not during an electrical storm.

The program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments.


Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Guest Speaker: Deb Lukjanovs

"Exploring Costa Rica's Natural Wonders"

You are invited to the April meeting of the Miami Valley Outdoor Club at Wegerzyn Garden Center, 1301 E. Siebenthaler Avenue in Dayton to hear long time MVOC member Deb Lukjanovs share memories and images of her recent trip with the Road Scholar program (AKA Elderhostel) to Costa Rica where she visited various ecological niches of this fascinating country. From Tortuguerro's sea turtle hatchery beach to Selva Verde, the sumptuous rain forest home of the Resplendent Quetzal, Costa Rica is an incredibly diverse area encompassing many ecosystems. The monkeys, birds, and plant life found there are simply dazzling. Join us in an exploration of the country from coast to coast. Deb will also cover the trip's structuring and talk a bit about other Road Scholar trips she has taken and will take in the future.

The program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments.


Tuesday, March 6, 2012

7:00 - Guest Speaker: Nat Davis

"Hiking in the Alps"

At the March meeting of the Miami Valley Outdoor Club, life-long outdoor lover, Nat Davis, will share highlights of his trip hiking and sightseeing in the Bavarian and Swiss Alps. The meeting at Wegerzyn Garden Center, 1301 E. Siebenthaler Avenue in Dayton is free and open to the public.

Last May, Outdoor Club members Nat and Jenny Davis, Sharon Mullins, and David Snell spent two weeks exploring southern Germany, the Bavarian Alps, and then the Swiss Alps around the famed Eiger. For the first week, their “base camp” was in the Bavarian town of Garmisch. From there, they “played tourist” visiting Salzburg, Rothenberg, and Mad King Ludwig’s castles. They also went to the top of Germany’s highest mountain, the Zugspitze and spent several days hiking in the mountains surrounding Garmisch. For the second week, it was off to a chalet in Gimmelwald, Switzerland. Gimmelwald is a small village that sits on the edge of a 2,000 foot cliff high above the Lauterbrunnen Valley. Hiking and riding aerial trams, railways, and buses opened the Swiss Alps for exploration. Nat will give an overview of the trip and the planning that was involved and show just a small portion of the thousands of photos that the four travelers took.



February, 2012

In place of our usual Tuesday night meeting we are having a Chili Cook-Off on

Sunday, February 5

Hike 2:00 pm, Meal 4:00 pm


Mark your calendars for MVOC's popular mid-winter event at beautiful Cricket Holler Boy Scout Camp, 6675 Brantford Road. (Do not take the Frederick Pike entrance.) It's a perfect get-together for all ages, with hiking, board games, a heated lodge and indoor restrooms, and lots of food. We’ll meet and eat in the K-Lodge through the pines and to the left of the camp parking lot. Arrive at 2:00 p.m., plug in your crockpots, and we’re off for a hike that lasts about 1.5 hours. When we get back, be ready to cozy up to a roaring fire and taste all kinds of delicious homemade, steaming-hot chili. Then we’ll vote for “The Hottest,” the “Most Unusual”, and the winner of “The Best” chili will be presented with the coveted “Golden Ladle.” We ran out of chili last year, so bring more if you can!

The event is free, but you must bring chili, a covered dish, salad or dessert to serve at least ten. Please bring your own table setting as well. If you don't want to hike, bring along your knitting, a book or a deck of cards and wait by the fire for the hikers to return. Come to the hike or the meal or both. This year we'll have door prizes and a 50/50 money game where the winner gets half the money. The other half will go to defray the cost of the event. AND we will be finished in time to watch the SuperBowl.

Reservations preferred, but walk-ins welcome. For more information contact Lindy McDonough, 278-1493 or lindymcd46@aol.com.


Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Guest Speaker: Mike Fanelli

"A Year to Wander Around the World"

On Tuesday, January 3, 7:00 p.m., retired engineer and active scout leader Mike Fanelli will be the featured speaker at the Miami Valley Outdoor Club meeting at Wegerzyn Garden Center, 1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave., Dayton. His program will follow a short meeting and announcements at 6:30.

At the age of 60 local Daytonian Mike Fanelli and his daughter Laura set off with minimal belongings to explore the Wonders of the World the rough and rugged way. With backpacks on their backs, they stayed with local families, ate traditional dishes, used local transportation and did a whole lot of walking. During their year abroad, they circumvented the globe and visited 32 countries. Their quest for adventure took them off the beaten path and home again with some amazing stories to share.

Mike enjoys the outdoors, loves nature and has had a curiosity about the religions of the world, a topic he could explore during his travels. His daughter Laura has lived in Hungary, France and China, speaks 4 languages and her interest in the unique foods and fashions of other countries enticed her to make this trip with her dad.


Tuesday, December 6, 2011 - 6:00 pm

Holiday Feast and Benefit Auction


Get ready for great food, some real bargains and a whole lot of fun! Join us for the Miami Valley Outdoor Club's annual holiday dinner and auction. Family members and friends are welcome. Thinking of becoming a member? - Come on down!

Set-up begins at 6:00 p.m., dinner will start at 6:30 p.m. and the auction will start around 7:30 p.m. Please bring a covered dish, salad or desert to share, plus table service for yourself. If you have a bright-colored table cloth, bring that too - to add to the festive atmosphere. MVOC will provide honey baked ham, turkey breasts, rolls, and hot and soft drinks.

The entertainment will feature an auction of your donated outdoor gear. The proceeds will be donated to a deserving nature center in the area.

Bring your gently worn outdoor gear and related items - skis, rollerblades, backpacks, tents, jackets, books, dried food, stoves, flashlights, lanterns, maps, sunglasses - and your money - to this fun and food-filled annual event, at our regular December meeting.

NEW THIS YEAR: Annual election of officers at the dinner. And think about renewing your memberships. Terms of office and memberships will run from January 1 - December 31, starting in 2012.



Tuesday, November 1, 2011

This is a combined meeting of the Dayton Hikers group and the Miami Valley Outdoor Club.

Guest Speaker: Andy Niekamp

"Thru Hiking The Buckeye Trail - A 1,400 Mile Journey Around Ohio"


On March 20th, 2011 Andy "Captain Blue" Niekamp set out on a hiking journey on Ohio's Buckeye Trail. His journey started at Deeds Point in Dayton. The goal of his hike was to hike on the Buckeye Trail for as long as it was fun. Over 1,400 miles and 88 days later Captain Blue returned to Dayton on the Buckeye Trail, the longest circular trail in the nation, after completing the entire Buckeye Trail. Andy is the 6th person to complete a thru hike of the Buckeye Trail.

His presentation titled "Thru Hiking The Buckeye Trail - A 1,400 Mile Journey Around Ohio" will take you on a foot journey around Ohio. His beautiful photos and narrative will surely inspire you to hike on the Buckeye Trail. Come get acquainted with Ohio's backyard trail. Learn how Andy started his hike not knowing much about the Buckeye Trail or the Association which created and maintains it. Before his hike was over Andy was appointed to the board of directors of the Buckeye Trail Association and became the section supervisor for the Buckeye Trail in Dayton.

Today read about Captain Blue's journey visit: www.buckeyetrailhiker.com

 


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Guest Speakers: Dwight & Donna Gehring

(pictured: back row left)


"By Foot & Canoe: Isle Royale"


On Tuesday, October 4, 7:00 p.m., Dwight and Donna Gehring, long-time members of the Miami Valley Outdoor Club, will be the featured speakers at the club's monthly meeting at Wegerzyn Garden Center, 1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave., Dayton. Their program will follow a short meeting and announcements at 6:30.

The Gehrings will present a slide presentation using selected images from their past four trips with other MVOC members to Isle Royale. Their talk will also include an overview of what concerns need to be addressed and what adventurers can expect if they plan a trip to Isle Royle National Park.

Isle Royale is the first established island national park in the U.S. It is a classic national park in that it is a completely self-contained eco-system buffered and protected from most outside influences by the clear, deep, cold waters of Lake Superior. The park expresses exquisite beauty and natural integrity all in one place. And it provides an excellent opportunity for day hiking, back packing, canoeing, canoe camping, power boating, sailing, berry picking, photography, and fishing.

Park programs include trips to two lighthouses, a fish hatchery and presentations about the human and natural history of the island, and studies regarding the relationship between the wolf and moose population on the island. The presence of many berry studded plants are evidence that no bears inhabit the island. The animal population includes moose, wolves, beaver, fox, loons, turtles, fish, squirrel, chipmunks and much more.


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Guest Speaker: Gary Harpel

"Tremendous Turtles"


On Tuesday, September 6, retired high school biology teacher Gary Harpel will be the featured speaker at the Miami Valley Outdoor Club meeting.

Gary enjoys bicycling, gardening, birding and anything outdoors. For several years Gary has been a leader for the Feederwatch program at Aullwood Nature Center. He and his wife Carolyn have often participated in the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure (GOBA) and have taken numerous cycling vacations around the country, observing birds and all kinds of wildlife. They have even gone ocean swimming with sea turtles. Gary is an avid turtle enthusiast and will present a program discussing a number of turtle species. He has a permit with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) which allows him to care for an Eastern Box Turtle. Gary will share his experiences of living with this turtle and closely observing its idiosyncrasies over a number of years.


Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Guest Speaker: Allen Johnson

"Egypt-Cruising Up The Nile"

A popular speaker at the Miami Valley Outdoor Club, Johnson is returning this time to tell us about his latest adventure trip with his grandchildren. Recently he and his three granddaughters spent 12 days touring Egyptian sights and learning about the history and culture of the oldest civilization in the world. The tour began with The Great Pyramid of Giza, the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still standing. From there they visited the Egyptian Museum in Cairo and then on to the 3,600-year-old Karnak temple complex in Luxor. One morning they took a hot-air balloon ride over the Valley of the Kings, and drifted over the magnificent Temple of Hatshepsut, the Temple of Ramses III and others. After touring Luxor they boarded the Royal Lily Cruise Boat and sailed up the Nile to Aswan and toured the High Dam that formed Lake Nasser. From Aswan they flew to Abu Simbel to see the Temple Ramses II built on the banks of the Nile.

Like other trips with his grandchildren, Johnson wrote a book about the journey. The book is $20 and will be available for purchase at the meeting. Learn more about Allen Johnson and his adventures at http://www.creative-enterprises.org.

 


Tuesday, June 7, 2011

7:00 - Guest Speaker: Nat Davis

"Canoeing in the Boundary Waters Wilderness"


Outdoor enthusiast, former scout leader and MVOC member Nat Davis will share his adventure canoeing last summer in the Boundary Waters Wilderness. For nine days during July and August, Nat along with his son Jim, and three other MVOC members, Sharon Mullins, David Snell and Jenny McConnell, took to the cool waters of the north in rented canoes. Starting at the Lake One entrance about 20 miles east of Ely, Minnesota they paddled about 75 miles and portaged another 5 miles between lakes as they moved in a big counter-clockwise oval, ending their trip at the Moose Lake entrance. Everyone was amazed by the magnificent, near -perfect weather. Temperatures were in the upper 70's in the daytime and the 50's at night with only a couple rainy evenings after making camp. They encountered only one windy day. The sunsets and sunrises were spectacular and they even went swimming several times. Fishing was great. They caught smallmouth bass, walleye and pike and they saw lots of bald eagles but were happy not to run into any bear. This was Nat's fifth trip to the Boundary Waters. His first trip there was with his Virginia Boy Scout troop in 1999 when they were on the water during the "storm of the millennium" that took out tens of thousands of acres of trees. Fortunately Nat's troop survived to tell the tale!


Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Guest Speaker: Jeanne Boeke

"Rafting Alaska's Tatshenshini & Alsek Rivers"


This past summer, MVOC member Jeanne Boeke took part in a nine-day rafting trip with the Sierra Club on the Tatshenshini and Alsek Rivers, flowing through the largest protected wilderness ecosystem on earth. The wilderness area includes British Columbia's Tatsenshini-Alsek Wilderness Park, Alaska's Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve and neighboring Wrangell-St. Elias and Kluane Parks, which all form a UNESCO world heritage site that is almost 38,00 square miles. These parks comprise an impressive complex of glaciers and high peaks on both sides of the border between Canada and the United States and contain the largest non-polar icefield in the world.

Jeanne, along with 19 other Sierra Club participants and five guides, rafted about 140 miles of the 160 mile watershed. The "Tat" river at times is a mile wide, and in all of North America, only the Columbia River delivers more water to the Pacific Ocean. The rafters who came from all over the U.S., from Alaska and California to New Jersey, started their trip in the Yukon Territory of British Columbia and finished in Alaska. Afterwards, Jeanne kayaked for two days with four others in Alaska's Kenai fiords. During her trip to the far north, Jeanne saw lots of eagles, as well as whales, sea lions, otter, many beautiful wild flowers and lots of bear, moose and wolf tracks. And the rumbling sounds of the glaciers were especially memorable. This was Jeanne's second trip to Alaska. In 1984 she backpacked for ten days with the Sierra Club and spent about a month in our northern-most state, visiting cities and parklands, sometimes camping, sometimes staying in hostels, bed & breakfasts, with relatives, and several nights on the deck of an Alaska marine ferry.



Tuesday, March 1, 2011

7:00 - Guest Speaker: Andrew Schlegel

"Great Miami Outfitters - Inside & Out"

   


Great Miami Outfitters is a premier supplier of gear and apparel for outdoor enthusiasts in the greater Miami Valley. This independent, family owned and operated small business opened their doors in May 2007. And although they chose to locate in an historic 1860's building in downtown Miamisburg, their merchandise and services are anything but old fashioned. They carry the most up-to-date, highest quality gear and apparel, usually only found in outdoor specialty stores. Their enthusiastic staff are knowledgeable about outdoor activities and the products they sell and want to make sure the customers enjoy the outdoors with the right gear. GMO is more than a store. They offer classes, programs and trips on canoeing, kayaking, backpacking and fishing, and they are an excellent information resource for area outdoor activities and facilities.

Store manager, Andrew Schlegel, will tell us just about everything we might want to know about Great Miami Outfitters. Learn a little about the history of the business, how it got its name and what they can do for you. Andrew will also bring along an assortment of the newest outdoor gear like footwear, backpacks, sleeping bags, apparel and trail food.

You can learn a lot about Great Miami Outfitters even before your first visit, by checking out their website at http://www.greatmiamioutfitters.com. Read their newsletter, plan a canoe trip, watch a video, shop online or ask a question by phone or email.


Tuesday, January 4, 2011

7:00 p.m. - Guest Speakers: Jim & Connie Steele

"Grand Canyon Memories"


The Grand Canyon has always been a special place for Jim and Connie Steele, starting back 40 years ago when they took their first overnight trek down to the bottom with only a bedroll, two canteens, and some honey and GORP. Since then, they've both backpacked to the bottom two more times, with Jim adding another trip with longtime MVOCer the late Bob Kelley and some friends from Colorado. Come hear Jim talk about this last trip, when they took the Bill Hall Trail off the North Rim down to Thunder River, the only river in the world that flows into a creek!



Tuesday, December 7, 2010 - 6:00 pm

Holiday Feast and Benefit Auction


Get ready for great food, some real bargains and a whole lot of fun! Join us for the Miami Valley Outdoor Club's annual holiday dinner and auction. Family members and friends are welcome. Thinking of becoming a member? - Come on down!

Set-up begins at 6:00 p.m., dinner will start at 6:30 p.m. and the auction will start around 7:30 p.m. Please bring a covered dish, salad or desert to share, plus table service for yourself. If you have a bright-colored table cloth, bring that too - to add to the festive atmosphere. MVOC will provide honey baked ham, turkey breasts, rolls, and hot and soft drinks.

The entertainment will feature an auction of your donated outdoor gear. The proceeds will be donated to a deserving nature center in the area.

Bring your gently worn outdoor gear and related items - skis, rollerblades, backpacks, tents, jackets, books, dried food, stoves, flashlights, lanterns, maps, sunglasses - and your money - to this fun and food-filled annual event, at our regular December meeting.


Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - 6:30 pm

"Biking the Blue Ridge Parkway with Five Granddaughters"

Speaker: Allen Johnson


This past summer 74-year-old Daytonian and outdoor adventurer Allen Johnson biked the 469-mile length of the Blue Ridge Parkway with five granddaughters. The 5-year old rode on a tag-along attached to Johnson’s bike while the older granddaughters rode their own bikes as they pedaled 50 miles a day for 10 days. They enjoyed breathtaking mountain vistas, sparkling clear streams, abundant wildlife, sweet-smelling flowers and very little automobile traffic. Early one morning they biked for an hour and a half without meeting a single car or person. Because of all the ups and downs, the total climb for the 469-mile ride is over 48,000 feet. From their 3,000-foot altitude vantage point, they could see unbroken forest both sides of the road for almost the entire length of the Parkway. Johnson and his granddaughters stopped to wade in Otter Creek, explore Mill Mountain zoo, walk through Natural Bridge rock arch, visit an Indian village and see the Biltmore Estate. On the tenth day they biked up to the highest point on the Parkway, 6053-foot altitude. The road ran downhill from there. The best part – "spending time with my granddaughters," Johnson said.

Johnson wrote a book about the trip called Biking the Blue Ridge Parkway with Five Granddaughters, the latest in a series of books he has written about true-life outdoor adventures with his grandchildren. It will be available for purchase.

Learn more about Allen Johnson and his adventures at http://www.creative-enterprises.org

 


Tuesday, October 5, 2010 - 6:30 pm

"60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Cincinnati"

Speaker: Tammy York, Naturalist and Freelance Copywriter


Cincinnatian Tammy York grew up exploring the woods near her grandparents' Indiana home and her love of the outdoors led her to Purdue University where she earned a B.S. in Wildlife Management. She has climbed Mt. Katahdin in Maine with her husband and enjoys hiking with their two daughters in a variety of natural areas in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. Before becoming a fulltime freelance copywriter specializing in nature, outdoor recreation, and the environment, York worked for the Indiana and Ohio Departments of Natural Resources for 16 years.

Tammy York's book, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Cincinnati, describes many familiar and lesser-known hiking trails in the tri-state, Cincinnati area, including many 3-5 mile walks chosen for family friendliness, scenery, and history. Tammy has walked many of these trails with her young daughters to be sure the hikes are enjoyable for youngsters and adults alike. The trails range from easy to challenging and will appeal to both new and seasoned hikers.

Books will be available for purchasing.

Learn more about Tammy York and her book at the following links:

Her book - http://www.menasharidge.com/authors.php?authorid=291

Her business - http://www.landsharkcommunications.com/

 


Tuesday, September 7, 2010 - 6:30 pm

"Kayaking through the Grand Canyon"

Speaker: Worldwide Kayaker Amy Dingle


Imagine waves that take seven strokes to climb, boulders the size of 4-story buildings and a 6-foot kayak battling through 227 miles of the Colorado River. Amy Dingle will share the experiences of a 21-day expedition and how the river has carved a lifetime of memories.

Amy Dingle is a former National Team Member for the USA Canoe and Kayak Team and has over 23 years of kayaking experience. She is an American Canoe Association Instructor for Coastal and Whitewater Kayaking and has been teaching people to paddle since 1989. She has taken trips all over the world from Europe to Costa Rica and her next expedition is preparing to paddle the Grand Canyon. She is currently an Outdoor Recreation Coordinator for Five Rivers MetroParks and focuses on many outdoor adventures and activities but has a concentration in teaching paddle-sports.

 


Tuesday, August 3, 2010 - 6:30 pm

"My Bike Trails, A Community Cycling Website"

Speaker: John Halley


John Halley is co-founder and owner of My Bike Trails LLC, a community cycling website displaying interactive innovative trail maps. John was previously a leading marketer of wind and renewable energy, and founding member of Community Energy, Inc. (CEI) until its sale in 2007. John is a former Greenpeace canvasser and ran for Congress for a third party in 1996. He has a BA in Psychology from the University of Cincinnati, and nearly finished a MA in Environmental Leadership at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. John enjoys travel and language, and spent 9 months in Central America, 6 months in Europe, and 9 months in the Pacific Northwest.

My Bike Trails History:

In 2008, John Halley and application designer, Bill Otto, created an innovative interactive trail map website using Google-based Maps, color-coded GPS files and geo-coded map markers, and digital pictures and video to provide riders accurate media-rich trail info (parking, parks, restrooms, water, picnic area, etc.) and trail-side businesses (bike shops, restaurants, hotels, B&Bs, camping, etc.). So far they have mapped all the trails from Cincinnati-Dayton-Columbus-Indianapolis (including most mountain bike trails), collecting handle bar-mounted digital video (some head cam), pictures, and GPS data.

The maps are free to the public, and My Bike Trails collects revenue through low-cost trail-side businesses ads, and sharing the maps with other websites through an html i-frame (MapShare). MBT offers businesses a locational Map Ad showing their business. Business customers can choose one to 10 digital images and add their own descriptions, and include video and other services and links ranging from $125 - $500 a year. Ads are visible on the MBT website www.mybiketrails.com/ and ALL the Map Shares. All together, MBT has had nearly 100,000 map views in its first year, and achieved high ranks from Google and Yahoo.

Here are some links to MapShare Partners:
Miami Valley Trails - www.miamivalleytrails.org/
Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission - www.mvrpc.org/recTrails
K&G Bike Center - www.kgbikes.com/articles/interactive-bike-trail-map-pg73.htm
Trek Store of Cinci - www.trekstorecincinnati.com/articles/bike-trails-pg338.htm
Wright's Bikes - www.wrightsbikes.com/INTERACTIVE_TRAIL_MAPS_2.html
Bicycle Stop - www.bicyclestop.com
Northland Cycle&Fitness - www.northlandcycles.com
Five Rivers MetroParks MoMBA Map - www.metroparks.org/Parks/Huffman/MoMBA_map.aspx
Darke County Parks - www.darkecountyparks.org/pops/parks_virtualDCP.htm
Yellow Springs Chamber - www.yellowspringsohio.org/map_guide.html

 



The Outdoor Club enjoyed our yearly picnic in July



Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - 6:30 pm

"Grand, Gloomy and Peculiar: Stephen Bishop at Mammoth Cave"

Speaker: Roger Brucker


Hear about the adventures of lifetime cave explorer and author Roger Brucker of Beavercreek and his recent book Grand, Gloomy and Peculiar: Stephen Bishop at Mammoth Cave. Since the age of four, when he was scolded for climbing a fence and exploring the rock formations beyond it, Roger Brucker has been exploring the unknown in the world underground. He had a very early interest in caves and visited his first one at Put-in-Bay, Ohio at age five. When he was eight his mother took him on an all day trip to Mammoth Cave and it was then that he got hooked on a life of caving. As a young man he spent years exploring Mammoth Cave and the caves nearby and co-authored with long-time caving friend Richard Watson, The Longest Cave, about the exploration of Mammoth Cave. Since then he has co-authored The Caves Beyond and Beyond Mammoth Cave: A Tale of Obsession in the World's Longest Cave. Roger has written two books of his own. Trapped! The Story of Floyd Collins is about a man who was tragically trapped and died in Mammoth Cave. His most recent historical novel, published in 2009, Grand, Gloomy and Peculiar: Stephen Bishop at Mammoth Cave, is about a slave who gained fame as a guide and explorer at Mammoth Cave. Brucker also helped establish the Cave Research Foundation (CRF) which still studies caves in our national parks and around the world. He is also an avid bicycle enthusiast, kite flyer, dog trainer and draws cartoons and illustrations for a variety of publications. Copies of his books will be available for purchase and autographing.

Roger Brucker, Author - Cave Explorer

 



 Tuesday, May 4, 2010 - 6:30 pm

"Visual Awareness and the Art of Seeing in Photography"
A program about how to improve your photographic skills on your outdoor adventures whether novice or advanced.

Speaker: Terrence W. Cavanaugh, Photographer

For Cincinnati native, Terrence W. Cavanaugh,
"Photography is the means of visual expression to communicate, educate and share with others art, beauty and nature."

A graduate of the University of Cincinnati in Marketing and Business Administration, Mr. Cavanaugh has been involved with photography since 1980, when one day, an encounter with a client made him realize his love for art. This lead him to purchase a "35mm camera" and a class at the Cincinnati Arts Consortium where he met his mentor Kazik Pazovski, a well know artist and photographer among the artist in Mount Adams area of Cincinnati. He quickly became one of Kazik's pupils and later grew to be his assistant at Pazovski's School of Photography. He also began student teaching at this time. He next earned a degree in photography from The Ohio Institute of Photography in Dayton, Ohio. Upon graduation, he entered the field of studio photography as a commercial advertising photographer and assistant.

Over the past 27 years, in addition to studio assignments, Terrence has been an associate and teacher of photography through Sinclair College,
the University of Cincinnati adult education program (Anderson High School), Five Rivers Metro Parks, the Cincinnati Nature Center and the
Cincinnati Women's Club. Many of his images have been published both nationally and international through area advertising agencies. He has
won numerous photography awards, and in 2008 he was honored as Photographer of the Year by the Focus Photo Club of Dayton, Ohio.

Terrence maintains an active photography schedule addressing groups and organizations as an instructor and guest lecturer. He is often
called upon to be a competition judge for tri-state photo clubs, and to lead photography seminars and field trips in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky.

Photography classes and field trips can be arranged for groups or on an individual basis.
Contacts........Phone: 1-937-294-9288 or Email: lmm1378@sbcglobal.net

Clients:
The National Cash Register Co.
General Motors Corp.
The Berry Company
Willis Case Harwood Advertising
National City Bank
Penny Olman Neiman Advertising
Henney & Associates Advertising
Tomart Publishing
Kimberly Clark Paper Corp.
Washington-Church Associates
County-Wide Directories Inc.
The Duriron Company Inc.
The Dayton Chamber of Commerce


April 6, 2010 - 6:30 pm

"LIVING SIMPLE AND GREEN – A Personal Journey"

Speaker: Wendy Aker, President, Preble County Citizens for Living Green (PCCGL)

Wendy (center) will lead an interactive and hopefully thought-provoking and fun exchange to encourage others to begin rethinking how we can change our ways of interacting with our environment. Through examples, stories and stats, she will show how by living more simple and green we not only help our earth, but also become healthier and save money doing so. She hopes to change today’s mindset of get, use and discard to rethink, reduce, reuse and recycle.

Wendy's environmental journey began at an early age when she was influenced by her maternal grandfather who owned a nursery. He opened her eyes to the wonder of the natural world. Then in 1974, she took a course at Miami University where she read the book, The Ecology of Man: An Ecosystem Approach , by Robert Leo Smith. The course changed her life forever when she pondered the prospects of the damages mankind had been doing to our planet and the concept of endangered species and limited resources. She really accelerated her involvement 20 years ago when she bought a 10 acre mini-farm in Preble County. As a result of her involvement with the Preble County Citizens for Green Living (PCCGL) group, she is absolutely amazed at what she has learned on what one can personally do to further reduce his/her carbon footprint.

PCCGL was established in 2009 to raise awareness, educate, encourage and support its members and the community of the need and means to live more green and earth-friendly and ensure a safer and cleaner environment now and in the future.

The group is marking its second year and the 40th anniversary of Earth Day by having educational displays at a number of community events in addition to planning a wide variety of environmental presentations, movies, field trips and other special events throughout the year. PCCGL hopes to host an Earth Dinner after the summer harvest to celebrate our connection to food, farming and the earth.


March 2, 2010 - 6:30 pm

"The Life of a Buckeye Trail Section Supervisor"

Speaker: Byron Guy


Meet Byron Guy, volunteer supervisor for the Troy section of Ohio's Buckeye Trail, which for him is 1,444 miles of the most scenic and historical trail anywhere in the nation. Byron is also Co-Section Supervisor for the Old Man's Cave section in southeast Ohio as well as the maintainer for the Grandma Gatewood National Recreational Trail. He is in charge of 24 individual maintainers that have adopted smaller portions of the trail in each of these sections. Mr. Guy will share his experiences hiking and working on the Buckeye Trail, how he got involved as a volunteer and how anyone can become a BTA volunteer. He will also tell some history of the Buckeye Trail and highlights of the Troy section that runs from the Wright Brothers' Memorial in Greene County through Dayton and on to the Lockington Locks near Piqua in Miami County. He'll also explain how to use the Buckeye Trail website to find information like trail alerts and special trail features.