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February 2016 Natural Areas & Preserves eNewsletter

More Ways to Preserve

Amazing things happen when you give.

Whether you are giving your time, sharing your knowledge, or donating a portion of your tax refund, you are spreading the seeds of preservation. Watch our video reminder of all the beautiful things that your continued commitment is preserving in Ohio.

Enjoy a Program or Hike

State Nature Preserve staff will be hosting several programs in the coming weeks, including events at Culberson Woods, Shallenberger, and Boch Hollow state nature preserves.

Events may also be hosted by our conservation partner groups, including The Ohio Natural Areas and Preserves Association. This group of dedicated volunteers includes stellar naturalists – many of whom are active or recently retired professionals in the fields of conservation and land management across Ohio.

See the Calendar of Events

Culberson Woods State Nature Preserve

Rare Finds and Fulfillment in the Field


For the last three years I’ve had the pleasure of being a field botanist with the Ohio Division of Natural Areas and Preserves. It’s a dream job of sorts that has afforded me an opportunity to explore the natural beauty of my home state in ways I had scarcely experienced before. The most rewarding aspect ...

Botanist Andrew Gibson

Join Us in Protecting Ohio’s State Nature Preserves

State Nature Preserve supporter Bob Bensinger recently shared on our Facebook page:
"The Nature Preserves are necessary to guarentee my grandchildren will have the chance I had of discovery of the diversity of plants and animals in their natural habitat here in the State of Ohio . These preserves are true jewels...

Ohio Spring Wildflower Bloom Report 2016

Are you getting spring fever? Wildflower season will arrive soon as our woodland jewels sprout from the earth. Modeled after ODNR’s popular fall color report, our initial reports during the 2015 season were met with a rousing success. Published each week on Fridays beginning with the start of the season and running through mid-May, each report will tell you what’s blooming and where.

red trillium

Every Year and Without Fail

By Jeff Johnson

Every year and without fail, as the hectic pace of autumns glory fades into the gray of winter, I have folks insist that I must be so relieved to be moving into the “slow” time of the year – the time to “recharge batteries.” And while many of our visitors that seek the serenity of Ohio State Nature Preserves may “hole-up” and wait for the warmth of spring, the staff that maintains these wonderful areas is anything but quiescent...

Jeff Johnson, Preserve Manager

Service in the Preserves: Volunteer with Us!

Spending a day with us in the field is a great way to make new friends, learn a ton about Ohio’s natural history, get some fresh air and sunshine, and do some worthy work. Please join us!