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Oberlin Great South Woods Planting

April 28 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Western Reserve Land Conservancy, Black River Audubon Society and other local organizations are proud to honor Oberlin’s rich history in the anti-slavery movement and united fight for liberty. The organizations will plant a bird-friendly Underground Railroad Freedom Garden at the Oberlin Great South Woods prairie property, a portion of which was owned by John and Delilah Copeland;  John being a former slave. John and Delilah’s son, John Anthony Copeland, took part in the Wellington Rescue and also took part in the fateful raid at Harpers Ferry. The garden will feature native trees, shrubs, and plants that played a role in the lives of enslaved people who travelled north looking for their freedom. A fruit tree will be planted in memory of the Copeland farm orchard.

Do you want to be a part of this important restoration project? Join us and students from Oberlin College for another planting day at the site!

Event Details:
Date & Time: Sunday, April 28 from 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Location: Oberlin Great South Woods | Hamilton St. | Just west of Splash Zone
Please bring shovels and rakes if you can
All volunteers are required to sign a waiver
There is no rain date scheduled for this event

1:00 PM | Volunteer arrival and registration
1:15 PM | Welcome remarks
1:30 PM | Planting & clean-up begins
3:30 PM | Clean up the site and load tools
4:00 PM | Project Close

Parking is at the Oberlin Recreation Complex parking lot, 225 West Hamilton. Please park in the rec area lot furthest west, located across from Lincoln Street. Planting site is west; follow walkway down Hamilton Street west towards Pyle Road and the Bike Path ROW.

Please wear comfortable clothing that you do not mind getting wet or dirty and close-toed shoes. You are encouraged to bring: sunscreen, hats, bug spray, your own gloves, a reusable water bottle, and sunglasses.

Water and small snacks will be provided at check-in.


PLEASE NOTE: You may be photographed or recorded by Western Reserve Land Conservancy during this event. Your image or words may be used in materials prepared by or for the Land Conservancy, including marketing related materials.


April 28
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Oberlin Great South Woods
Hamilton St
Oberlin, OH United States


Amy Ricciardi
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