Outdoor Exploration Expo : Preservation Parks of Delaware County

Exploration, adventure and experiences are at the top of our family’s list of things to do and Preservation Parks of Delaware Country is bringing these to life for the community. Has the question ever arose in your mind about how to get your family in the know about outdoor adventures? What do you need to do to help make an outdoor adventure happen for your family? This upcoming Outdoor Exploration Expo being held at Camp Lazarus in Delaware on October 13th from 10 am-5 pm, will be just the place for you to bring the family to get some direction and the “how to” tips to make a family adventure.

A few years ago, our family prepared for a backcountry trip to Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, and I would have died to attend something like this expo to prepare our family for the trip. The Outdoor Exploration Expo will have sessions on Backpacking 101, Basic Wilderness First Aid and Outdoor Cooking  presented by Clintonville Outfitters, Preservation Parks and Olivina and PPDC. They will cover all the basics that you will need to get started out in the wilderness! Perhaps you can take your family to Zaleski National Forest Backpacking Trail in the fall after these presentations. Zaleski is the perfect place for you to get your family introduced into the world of backcountry hiking and camping.

Getting your family into the outdoors doesn’t have to be down and dirty rugged, like backcountry hiking. It can be getting your family into the world of water exploration. The presenting sponsor, Columbus Fishing Expo , will be demonstrating Bass fishing tactics and fishing for children at the water sports area. Fishing can be a great way to introduce your family to outdoor adventure. Ohio offers many locations and ways to fish. Enjoying the thrill of the catch is something that NEVER diminishes,  no matter how many times you do it.

Maybe fishing isn’t your thing but kayaking and paddle boarding are more intriguing to you. The American Kayak Association will be on hand to show you how to get your feet wet in these AMAZING water activities. We’ve been kayaking a lot lately and are planning to visit Trapper John’s in Grove City sometime this fall to enjoy the leaves as they change. The Outdoor Expo might just be the place to learn the how to’s before you go.


Have you ever considered orienteering? When we first began exploring outside we had NO idea what this was. There will be an orienteering course a the Exhibitor Village put on by Central Ohio Orienteers. Orienteering is a competitive sport in which participants find their way to various checkpoints across rough country with the aid of a map and compass, the winner being the one with the lowest elapsed time. I’ll be honest, my kids do rings round me in this activity. I’m challenged with directions!

My favorite fall activity is hiking in central Ohio. Preservation Parks offers an amazing trail system in the Delaware County area with top notch facilities to use while you are there. The Outdoor Expo is offering great demonstrations about Geology/Tree ID, Geocaching while on the trail, wild edibles and how to leave no trace while out on the trails. These activities are all presented by Preservation Parks of Delaware County. The rangers they have on staff are extremely knowledgeable and will have you out enjoying the nature trails like a pro!

These are just a few of the highlights that you can get into at the Outdoor Exploration Expo. There are classes by L.L. Bean Outdoor Discovery School, Yoga, Martial Arts, Archery by Ace Archers and more.

Our family loves the outdoors and are so excited to have something like this coming to the area. We are looking forward to heading out to the Outdoor Exploration Expo on October 13th from 10 am- 5 pm! Click here for the schedule of events.

Happy Adventuring,


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  1. This event looks awesome!!!
    And for the more daring adventurer, there will also be a taste of cave exploration. The Central Ohio Grotto of the NSS (It’s the local branch of a national.cave organization), will be there to talk about caving and gear. They’ll even have a “squeezebox” set up, so you can see how small of a tunnel you can climb through. Don’t worry, it doesn’t squeeze down while you’re in it, lol. It’s four legs, holding a stationary bottom and an adjustable top. After you crawl through, they can lower the top, and you try again, until it gets too small too crawl through. Kids love it!! (And so do adults😂).

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