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Bigfoot Basecamp Weekend at Pleasant Hill Lake Park
October 5, 2023 - October 8, 2023
Thursday, October 5
5:30-9pm VIP Dinner with Matt Moneymaker – Enjoy an exclusive evening with Matt Moneymaker at the Mohican Lodge & Conference Center. Matt Moneymaker is the founder and president of the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization (BFRO) and host of the “Finding Bigfoot” series on Animal Planet. Matt will speak about his bigfoot encounter, sightings in Ohio, and the use of new advanced thermal imaging technology. Tickets include a dinner buffet, meet & greet with Matt with the opportunity for autographs and photos, plus thermal imagining video will be LIVE streamed from around Pleasant Hill Lake Park by drones.
Friday, October 6
1-5pm BFRO Investigator Panel – Join Bigfoot Field Researcher Organization Investigators to as they share their stories, encounters, and lessons learned. Each presenter will share for 45 minutes and then have 15 minutes for question and answer. Speakers include: Dr. Kenny Brown, David Wickham, Mark Maisel, and Suzanne Ferencak.
4-6pm Nature Center OPEN – Explore the Nature Center and ask our naturalist questions! Inside Welcome Center.
7-8pm Guided Night Hikes – Take a hike with naturalists and BFRO volunteers to learn about the park and use your senses to look for signs of wildlife. You never know what you will see or hear! Meet at Shelter #2 inside Pleasant Hill Lake Park. Hike to the group camp area for the campfire or take a round trip back to the shelter!
8-10pm Campfire – Enjoy an evening campfire and snacks, plus hear more stories from Matt Moneymaker and other BFRO volunteers. Meet at the Group Camp area. Bring your own chairs.
Saturday, October 7
10-11am Casting Class – Meet at the beach to make footprint casts! While supplies last.
11am-12pm Craft TBD – Meet at the Welcome Center deck. While supplies last.
12-4pm Bigfoot Pontoon Tour – Take a guided tour of the lake on a pontoon boat and learn about bigfoot sightings in the area. Rides leave every hour.
1-2pm T-shirt Tie Dye – Custom dye a limited-edition Bigfoot T-shirt! T-shirts will be on sale for $10 for youth sizes and $15 for adult sizes. Cash only, sizes are first come-first served. Meet at Welcome Center deck.
2-5pm Author Presentations – Join a variety of authors as they share their stories. Each presenter will share for 45 minutes and then have 15 minutes for question and answer. Speakers include: Dr. Russ Jones, Charles Kimbrough, and Bea Mills.
3-4pm Craft TBD – Meet at the Welcome Center deck. While supplies last.
5-6pm Leave No Trace – Be like Bigfoot and leave no trace! Meet at the Welcome Center deck for some fun activities to learn about low impact adventures.
6-8pm Matt Moneymaker Townhall Presentation – Listen to Matt and other local Bigfoot Ohio encounters. All participants must have a Guaranteed VIP Ticket or $15 gate fee required for this event. Guaranteed VIP tickets include preferred seating area outdoors and a meet & greet for autographs with Matt Moneymaker. VIP tickets include guaranteed seating inside the Welcome Center in case of bad weather.
8:30-10:30p Movie at the Lake – Watch a movie on the BIG screen at Pleasant Hill Park. The nights are cool, so bring your blankets & chairs to stay warm. Refreshments available for purchase.
Sunday, October 8
9-10pm Tracking Hike – Meet at Welcome Center at Pleasant Hill Lake Park for a wildlife tracking hike. Use all your senses and learn about Ohio’s wildlife.
11am-1pm Nature Room OPEN – Explore the Nature Center and ask our naturalist questions! Inside Welcome Center.
2-3pm Survival Skills – Learn a few essential survival skills including fire starting without matches and orienteering, plus discover some simple tools to carry with you on your adventures! Meet at the Welcome Center.