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Hocking College Adapts to Social Distancing during Pandemic

by Matt Berry

NELSONVILLE, OHIO—To anyone passing by it might have looked like Ron Cass was standing in the middle of a creek picking up rocks and talking to himself, but that’s not quite what he was doing.

Hold it! Don't Flush Those Wipes or You Could Cause a Big Mess

by Matt Berry

As stores across the country run out of toilet paper due to panic buying and hoarding, and shelter-in-place orders keep people in their homes more than normal, some are using alternative products in the bathroom.

Raise Your Paws for Responsible Pet Owners Month!

by Tracey A. Maine

February 2020 is Responsible Pet Owners Month!

Brick sale to help fund new nature center at Hocking College

by Matt Berry

As renovations continue on the Hocking Woods Nature Center, Hocking College has announced a way for community members to help fund the new center and leave a lasting legacy.

Parks and Museum Education students are selling engraved bricks that will create a path through the center’s edible garden.

Students from the college’s Agroecology program will plant the garden, furthering a collaboration between programs the new center has created.

“This new nature center will serve as a showcase for the students in the natural resources programs, and other programs at Hocking,” Jason Szostek, Parks and Museum Education program manager, said.

Parks and Museum Education students did the design work and community focus groups for the new nature center. Carpentry and Electrical students have worked on the renovations of the building. Fish Management students will care for the aquariums and manage the fish population in the nature center. Other students from the School of Natural Resources will help to lead programs and work at the nature center.

The new nature center will be in the former daycare center on the south end of Nelsonville campus. Part of the funding to create the center comes from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. In addition to the edible garden, the center will have exhibits on trees, Ohio geology, native animals and pollinator habitats. It will meet standards from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the Zoological Association of America.

The engraved bricks are still being sold. A four-by-eight-inch brick with three lines of text costs $100. An eight-by-eight-inch brick with six lines of text costs $200. There is a limit of 20 characters per line.

Order forms are available online and can be dropped off with payment to the School of Natural Resources office in the Natural Resource building. For more information, contact Cole Potts by email at pottsc28274@hocking.edu.

Hocking College breaks ground on $2 mil. equine arena

by Matt Berry

NELSONVILLE, Ohio Hocking College broke ground on a new approximately $2 million equine arena Thursday evening, Feb. 20, 2020.


The 30,000 square foot building will be built on the school’s Nelsonville campus in what is now an overflow parking lot.


Site work will begin immediately, and construction of the building itself is expected to finish by the end of the year.


Planning for the building began last year, and Hocking College Chief of Staff Jeff Daubenmire said when people drive into campus, the massive structure will be the first thing they see.

Show your pet you love them, make yourself a good owner

by Hocking College Contributing Writer

We all love our pets, but loving them and doing what's best for them is sometimes very different.

Basic Training Methods To Try For National Dog Training Month

by Hocking College Contributing Writer

For many people, January is a time where you determine a new year's resolution. Often times these will be to get in better shape or to cut out coffee, but a great resolution to consider for 2020 is training your four-legged friend. Afterall, January is National Train Your Dog Month.

Nature Preserve Honors Hocking College Graduate's Love of the Outdoors

by Tracey A. Maine

Located on Six Mile Lake in Ellsworth Michigan, the Nathan Beem Memorial Nature Preserve is dedicated to commemorating one young man’s admiration for everything outdoors.

The preserve was created to honor the memory of Nathan D. Beem (1996-2018). Beem was a Xenia, OH native who graduated with honors from Hocking College’s Natural Resources Law Enforcement program last May. 

Hocking College Partners with the Division of Wildlife to Promote R3

by Sayre Flannagan

**WARNING: This blog contains some graphic photos that may be disturbing to some**

Agroecology Students Host Farm-to-Table Event

by Tracey A. Maine

On Wednesday, October 10, 2019, students in Hocking College’s Agroecology department held a Farm-to-Table brunch at historic Robbins Crossing from 11AM-Noon.

A Farm-to-Table event is a unique dining experience that encourages guests to sample foods that have all been grown, processed and prepared locally.  

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