List of nature centers in Ohio

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This is a list of nature centers and environmental education centers in the state of Ohio.

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Name Location County Region Summary
Adell Durbin Park Stow Summit Northeast website, 34 acres, includes the Harold Welch Nature Center
Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm Dayton Montgomery Southwest Over 200 acre natural area and educational farm, operated by Five Rivers MetroParks
Avon Woods Nature Center and Preserve Cincinnati Hamilton Southwest Owned and operated by the Cincinnati Park Board
Barkcamp State Park Belmont Belmont Southeast 1,005-acre park, nature center offers programs during the summer months
Battelle Darby Creek Galloway Franklin Central website, 14,000 sq-foot nature center featuring a living stream and interactive exhibits, 7,060-acre park, operated by Columbus Metroparks
Beaver Creek State Park East Liverpool Columbiana Northeast 2,722-acre park, includes the Pioneer Village and the Beaver Creek Wildlife Education Center with small live animals, natural history dioramas, displays of insects, arrowheads and nature photography
Blacklick Woods Nature Center Reynoldsburg Franklin Central website, 643-acre park with nature center, operated by Columbus Metroparks
Blendon Woods Nature Center Westerville Franklin Central website, 653 acres, nature center, operated by Columbus Metroparks
Brecksville Nature Center Brecksville Cuyahoga Northeast website, operated by Cleveland MetroParks in 3,494-acre Brecksville Reservation
Brown Family Environmental Center Gambier Knox Northeast website, part of Kenyon College, about 380 acres, gardens, outdoor recreation, programs
Brukner Nature Center Troy Miami Southwest website, 165 acres, hands-on exhibits, live native animals, art exhibits, wildlife rehabilitation
Huston-Brumbaugh Nature Center Alliance Stark Northeast website, operated by University of Mount Union, displays on natural history, bird observatory, trails
Caesar Creek State Park Waynesville Warren Southwest Includes pioneer village of over 15 log cabins and other structures and the Caesar Creek Nature Center
Caldwell Preserve Cincinnati Hamilton Southwest website, nature center, operated by the Cincinnati Park Board in Carthage, Cincinnati
California Woods Nature Preserve Cincinnati Hamilton Southwest website, nature center, 113 acres, operated by the Cincinnati Park Board
CanalWay Center Cuyahoga Heights Cuyahoga Northeast website, operated by Cleveland MetroParks in 306-acre Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation, live small animals, exhibits on nature, industry and the canal
Children's Schoolhouse Nature Park Kirtland Lake Northeast website, operated by Lake Metroparks, open for programs or by appointment
Cincinnati Nature Center Milford Hamilton Southwest website, protects over 1,600 acres in two locations
Darke County Park District Nature Center Greenville Darke Southwest website, located in the 118 acre Shawnee Prairie Preserve
Dawes Arboretum Newark Licking Central Over 1,800 acres, 8 miles of hiking trails and a four-mile auto tour, Discovery Center, education programs
Deer Creek State Park (Ohio) Mt. Sterling Madison Southwest website, 2,337-acre resort park, nature center offers nature programs during the summer months
Dillon State Park Nashport Muskingum Southeast website, 3,845 acres, programs offered in the summer
Donald W. Meyer Center at Big Creek Park Chardon Geauga Northeast website, operated by the County, 642-acre park
Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve Colerain Hamilton Southwest website, operated by the Hamilton County Park District, 22 acres, paved trail, gardens, Ellenwood Nature barn for programs and a gift shop
Ford Nature Center Youngstown Mahoning Northeast Located in Mill Creek Park, displays of plants and animals of four local habitats, live animals, discovery room
French Creek Nature & Arts Center Sheffield Village Lorain Northeast website, operated by Lorain County Metro Parks, nature programs and exhibits, wildlife observation area, indoor playground
Garfield Park Nature Center Garfield Heights Cuyahoga Northeast website, operated by Cleveland MetroParks, 213-acre Garfield Park Reservation
Germantown MetroPark Nature Center Germantown Montgomery Southwest website, operated by Five Rivers MetroParks, 1,665-acre park, displays on native plants and wildlife, live animals, trails
Glen Helen Outdoor Education Center Yellow Springs Greene Southwest Operated by Antioch College in 1,000-acre Glen Helen Nature Preserve
Grand Lake St. Marys State Park St. Marys Auglaize Northwest Programs offered in the summer, 591-acre park
Grange Insurance Audubon Center Columbus Franklin Central website, operated by Audubon Ohio, located within the 120-acre Scioto Audubon Metro Park on the Scioto River
Harrison Lake State Park Wauseon Fulton Northwest 147 acres with 105-acre lake, camping and trails
Highbanks Nature Center Lewis Center Delaware Central website, 1,159 acres, operated by Columbus Metroparks
Hocking Woods Nature Center Nelsonville Athens Southeast website, part of Hocking College, features an interpretive building, wildlife habitats, ponds, walkways, feed stations and seasonal programming
Hueston Woods State Park College Corner Preble Southwest 625-acre Acton Lake
Imago Earth Center Cincinnati Hamilton Southwest website, located in Price Hill, Cincinnati, 16 acre urban nature preserve and education facility at the Earth Center
Indian Lake State Park (Ohio) Lakeview Logan Northwest website, programs in the summer, 800-acre multi-use park
Kiser Lake State Park St. Paris Champaign Southwest website, 531 acres with 396-acre lake, nature center
La Boiteaux Woods Cincinnati Hamilton Southwest website, nature center, operated by the Cincinnati Park Board, over 2 miles of trails, nature displays, animal mounts, live animals
Lake Alma State Park Wellston Jackson Southeast website, 292-acre park, nature programs in the summer
Lake Erie Nature & Science Center Bay Village Cuyahoga Northeast website, indoor and outdoor live animal displays, planetarium, wildlife rehabilitation, located in 103-acre Huntington Reservation
Lake Hope State Park McArthur Vinton Southeast 2,983-acre park, includes a nature center
Lake Loramie State Park Minster Shelby Southwest Programs offered year round, 407 acres
Lowe-Volk Park Nature Center Crestline Crawford Northwest website, operated by Crawford Park District, interpretive displays, discovery area, live animals
Maumee Bay State Park Oregon Lucas Northwest 1,336 acres, Trautman Nature Center open year round, features interactive displays, an auditorium, research laboratory and viewing windows
Mentor Marsh State Nature Preserve Mentor Lake Northeast website, nature center, 673-acre preserve, features the Carol H. Sweet Mentor Marsh Nature Center, operated by the Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Metzger Nature Center Stone Creek Tuscarawas Northeast website, operated by Ohio Northern University, 70-acre field station for the biological sciences
Miami Whitewater Forest Cincinnati Hamilton Southwest website, 4,345 acres, operated by the Hamilton County Park District, visitor center features nature displays and a gift shop
Narrows Reserve & Nature Center Xenia Greene Southwest website, operated by Greene County Parks, 162 acres, features native plant and animal exhibits, raptor aviary and an apiary
Nature Center at Shaker Lakes Shaker Heights Cuyahoga Northeast 20 acres
Norma Johnson Center Dover Tuscarawas Northeast website, 303-acre preserve, picnic shelter, over 6 miles of trails, environmental education programs
North Chagrin Nature Center Mayfield Village Cuyahoga Northeast website, operated by Cleveland MetroParks in North Chagrin Reservation, features educational displays, resource library, auditorium and nature shop
Ohio University Southern Nature Center Ironton Lawrence Southeast website, operated by Ohio University Southern in Wayne National Forest
Paint Creek State Park Bainbridge Ross Southwest 5,652-acre park, nature center programs offered in the summer
Penitentiary Glen Reservation and Nature Center Kirtland Lake Northeast website, operated by Lake Metroparks, 424 acres, over 7.5 miles of hiking trails, interactive Nature Calls exhibit, Wildlife Center with native animal ambassadors
Pike Lake State Park (Ohio) Bainbridge Ross Southwest 13 acres, programs offered in the summer
Prairie Nature Center Marion Marion Central website, part of Ohio State University, Marion Campus, 11 acres of restored tall-grass prairie
Pymatuning State Park (Ohio) Andover Ashtabula Northeast 3,512 acres, programs offered in the summer
Quail Hollow State Park Hartville Stark Northeast 703 acres, Carriage House Nature Center open on weekends from May through October
Rocky Fork State Park Hillsboro Highland Southwest 2,080-acre lake, nature programs offered in the summer at the campgrounds
Rocky River Nature Center North Olmsted Cuyahoga Northeast website, operated by Cleveland MetroParks, over 5 miles of trails along the river, nature exhibits, aquariums
Rotary Nature Center Bowling Green Wood Northwest website, operated by the city in 100-acre Wintergarden/St. John’s Nature Preserve
Salt Fork State Park Lore City Guernsey Southeast Nature center programs offered in the summer, 17,229 acres of land and 2,952 acres of water
Sharon Woods Centre Sharonville Hamilton Southwest website, nature center, 730 acres, operated by the Hamilton County Park District, features educational nature displays and Adventure Station indoor play area
Shawnee State Park Portsmouth Scioto Southwest 1,095 acres, nature center open from Memorial Day through Labor Day, live animals
Trailside Nature Center in Burnet Woods Cincinnati Hamilton Southwest website, nature center, 90 acres, nature library, crafts room, meeting space, exhibits and the Wolff Planetarium, operated by the Cincinnati Park Board
Van Buren State Park Van Buren Hancock Northwest Programs offered in the summer
The West Woods Novelty Geauga Northeast website, 902-acre park, nature center open daily, hands-on exhibits about the geology and hydrology of Geauga County
Wilderness Center Wilmot Stark Northeast 619-acre main site with 10 miles of trails, interpretive building, astronomy education building, an observation tower, pier and picnic shelters
William C. Kraner Nature Center Newark Licking Central website, operated by the County, educational displays about Licking County cultural and natural history
Winton Centre at Winton Wood Cincinnati Hamilton Southwest website, 2,555 acres, operated by the Hamilton County Park District, displays on pond life, animal characteristics and the water cycle
Woodland Mound Cincinnati Hamilton Southwest website, nature center, 1,066 acres, operated by the Hamilton County Park District, includes the Seasongood Nature Center with nature exhibits, outdoor observation deck and wild bird viewing area

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