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Join Us in Protecting Ohio State Nature Preserves

Ohio Income Tax Form

You may donate all or part of your Ohio income tax refund by entering a dollar amount for “State nature preserves” on line 26a of the 2019 IT 1040 tax form. Contributions made on your tax return are considered deductible charitable donations.

Donations can also be made easily through personal tax preparation software, or with your professional tax advisor.

If you aren't getting a refund, you can make a direct contribution:

Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Division of Natural Areas and Preserves

2045 Morse Road, Bldg. C-4
Columbus, OH 43229

The Natural Areas Tax Refund Program was established by state legislation enacted in 1983 – thereby creating a system which allows Ohioans to contribute their state income tax refund to the ODNR Division of Natural Areas & Preserves. 100% of your donation goes directly to Ohio State Nature Preserves, and donations are used to:

  • Protect Ohio’s lands and waters through the purchase of new natural areas.
  • Ensure access to these areas for the education, recreation, and enjoyment of all Ohioans – thereby supporting a good quality of life within Ohio’s communities.
  • Protect endangered species
  • Preserve places where families can safely play, learn, and just enjoy the quiet and peace of nature.
  • Leave a legacy of Ohio’s natural beauty for future generations.

We need to protect our natural areas together - please join us in saving Ohio’s prairies, forests, and wetlands.


Since its inception more than 30 years ago, the Natural Areas Tax Checkoff program has received widespread public support. Over two million donations have been made to the Natural Areas Fund, providing nearly $16 million for natural land conservation and management.

Checkoff donations have enabled the Division of Natural Areas and Preserves to acquire new nature preserves and add critical additions to existing preserves, construct trails and boardwalks, improve parking and signage and allow for greater public access to a treasure trove of nature’s wonders available in Ohio. Additionally, donations support critical ecological management activities, including efforts to remove non-native and invasive species that pose a serious and ever-growing threat to sensitive habitats.