Ohio Nature Centers

Ohio has plenty of great Nature Centers. Here are a few for starters:

AullwoodBrukner │ Cleveland Area

Ohio is certainly blessed with many nature centers. This is a perfect afternoon diversion for nature-lovers, children, or those that simply need a quiet escape. Although some nature centers charge admission, most do not. It is recommended that you contact your local parks division or visitors bureau to find what’s available nearby or simply check the entertainment section of your local newspaper. Although many nature centers appear to be similar, they each have their own distinctive touch. Also, many unique activities occur weekly at these little community jewels – and some are free.

Here are some of the highlights you may find at your nature center:

  • Children’s playhouses, hollow logs, and other fun stuff
  • Bird-watching and identification
  • Fossils
  • Stuffed wildlife
  • Real wildlife
  • “Wild” exhibits that encourage hands-on exploration
  • Historical tools and clothing used by area pioneers
  • Reading for pleasure in solitude
  • Petting a snake, turtle or reptile
  • Gazing at stars and constellations
  • Learning the natural history of the area
  • Scenic views
  • Exhibits of plants, animals and minerals
  • Topography maps
  • Books and puzzles for visitors to enjoy
  • Storytellers
  • Picking a Naturalists’s brain
  • Interactive learning exhibits
  • Free publications and maps of hiking trails and activities
  • Presentations and other special programs
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