PANDORA — Saturday was Summer Family Day at The Quarry Farm Nature Preserve and Conservation Farm near Pandora.
People could check out a number of stations where groups learned about trees, insects, herbs, pioneer and Native American skills and the animals they have in the farm animal sanctuary.
Alisa Herman lives down the road, and she brought her three children and her husband to check out the event.
“We were lucky to be right in this area where there’s so much to see and so much wildlife. And they do so much for conservation around here, and we’ve gotten a lot of education from them,” Herman said.
“It’s a 50-acre nature preserve conservation farm. We have pollinator gardens and an 1853 log cabin, and then the four acres of that is a farm animal sanctuary. We have several unique habitats environmentally,” said Anne Coburn-Griffis, facilitator.
The property, at 14321 Road 7-L, Pandora, has been in her family for 75 years.
“My grandparents kept the property from being developed. They just wanted a wild place for people to go and enjoy family, although they allowed neighbors to come in and fish and that kind of thing,” Coburn-Griffis said.
In 2012, Coburn-Griffis, along with her husband, Steve, received their 501(c)3 non-profit designation.
The Summer Family Day is more of an open house for the community, where people can see what’s going on there.
“It’s family-friendly, and we try to give everyone a sampling of the types of programs that we do, and they get to meet some of the animals on the farm animal sanctuary,” Coburn-Griffis said. “We have a number of domestic species like donkeys, potbelly pigs all the way up to one full-size pig. We have chickens. Pretty much we will take everything, as long as we have space, except horses and sheep. The animals that we accept are those that the person has exhausted all avenues for placing the animal. Most of the animals we have were abused and neglected.”
It’s also the best spot for birding in Putnam County.
“There’s a yellow-billed cuckoo here,” said Deb Weston, an avid birder. “That’s a pretty awesome bird. So there’s a couple of them here. During spring migration, it was off the hook crazy with warblers coming through, going up north.”
They do have outreach programs where they’ve presented programs at the Toledo Botanical Garden, Sauder Village, area libraries and the Ohio Statehouse.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.