Education and outreach
The land that is now Richfield Heritage Preserve was hidden to all but Lake Erie Council Girl Scouts for many years. Known then as Camp Crowell Hilaka, security was tight and entrance was denied to all except groups who had an appointment to camp and a few workers. Just letting people know about the place has been one of FoCH"s top priorities since we were founded in 2009. Now we are working with the Richfield Joint Recreation District to help people find and enjoy this unique place.
- Library Displays
- Booths and displays at events
- Social media
- On site programs. Over the years these have included open houses, custom guided tours, public hiking programs, and lecture series.
- Friendly Presence = while working at or hiking in the park, we often help lost hikers, share park history to visitors with questions, gently remind visitors of park best practices, pick up trash, keep and eye on thing, report problems.
- Working to include Richfield Heritage Preserve on the National Register of Historic Places
- Presentations for schools, libraries, clubs. Topics are:
Ohio's Hidden Treasure, Richfield Heritage Preserve
Crowell Hilaka, the Girl Scout Years
Ohio Inventor, the Elusive Mr. Kirby
Kirby's Mill and the Twisted Tale of Hydropower
Want Butterflies? Feed Caterpillars! How Invasive Plants Disrupt Ecosystems and What We Can Do About It.