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  • Zimmerman Prairie is a remnant of an extensive prairie fen which occurred in the outwash-filled valleys of Beaver and Little Beaver Creek in west central Ohio....
  • Wildwood Preserve Metropark is a nature reserve located in Toledo, Ohio, near Sylvania, that is part of the Toledo Metroparks. Previously, the park was a family estate of Robert A. Stranahan, Senior, ...
  • Whipple State Nature Preserve contains a narrow wooded ridgetop, pocketed with small sinkholes. The ridgetop and head of the valley is bordered by dolomite cliffs of 10-30 feet in height....
  • This natural area was Ohio's first scenic river preserve, designated in 1986. It protects 1.5 miles of river corridor along the Upper Cuyahoga State Scenic River....
  • Tinker's Creek rises in northern Portage County and flows across a high plateau region of bays, swamps and marshes before cascading through a deep gorge and entering the lower Cuyahoga River....
  • Tinker's Creek rises in northern Portage County and flows across a high plateau region of bays, swamps and marshes before cascading through a deep gorge and entering the lower Cuyahoga River....
  • Swan Creek Metropark is a regional park located in Toledo, Ohio that is part of theToledo Metroparks. The park contains several miles of often used trails....
  • Stage's Pond is an example of one of the distinctive features of glaciated areas, a kettle lake.Stage's Pond State Nature Preserve, dedicated August 23, 1974, is nature's own monument to the great ice...
  • Springville Marsh is an unequaled nature preserve in northwestern Ohio. It is the largest inland wetland in this part of the state....
  • Siegenthaler-Kaestner Esker is a 37-acre (150,000 m2) state nature preserve located in Champaign County, Ohio, United States. It contains an esker, kame, and kettle, all glacial landforms....
  • Sheldon Marsh State Nature Preserve and contiguous wetlands comprise some of the last remaining undeveloped stretches of shoreline in the Sandusky Bay region....
  • Some of the more significant species of plants reported from the preserve include speckled wood-lily, pipsissewa, Bicknell's panicgrass, pink lady's slipper orchid and Canada fly-honeysuckle....
  • The 90-foot cliff of the gorge of Sharon Creek found in this preserve has been known to professional and amateur paleontologists and geologists for many years as an excellent exposure of Ordovician fo...
  • On May 15, 1973, the area was dedicated as a scenic state nature preserve and it is managed by the Division of Natural Areas and Preserves....
  • Seymour Woods contains deep ravines cut into steep shale cliffs, heavily wooded ridge tops and open fields in various stages of succession. Oak-hickory associations dominate the upper portions, but g...
  • Sears Woods is named in honor of the nationally renowned Yale professor of ecology, Paul B. Sears from whose family this preserve was purchased in 1986....
  • The Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1961 to preserve habitat for migrating birds. Staff at the refuge also manage Cedar Point and West Sister Island refuges. The three refuges...
  • Old Woman Creek is  protected as a State Nature Preserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve because it is one of Ohio's best remaining examples of a natural estuary....
  • Oak Openings Preserve Metropark is the largest of the Toledo Area Metroparks. It is a nature preserve located near Swanton, Ohio and is part of the Toledo Metroparks....
  • North Pond is a nearly pristine wetland with a channel leading to Lake Erie at the North Bay on Kelleys Island. The pond was formed as the lake receded from its ancient shoreline....
  • A beech-sugar maple forest occupies the higher elevations bordering the marsh. At the eastern edge of the preserve, there is a mixed oak swamp forest, a forest type destroyed in most parts of the Lake...
  • Several plant community types are present within the forested area depending on the elevation. The highest and driest sites have an oak-hickory forest type. On the slightly less dry ground, the commun...
  • Several plant community types are present within the forested area depending on the elevation. The highest and driest sites have an oak-hickory forest type. On the slightly less dry ground, the commun...
  • This preserve was established to protect the only natural United States population of the Lakeside daisy, a federally threatened plant species which only occurs naturally at a handful of sites. Also a...
  • Lake Katharine State Nature Preserve is a magnificent natural area in southeast Ohio's Jackson County. It was dedicated as a state nature preserve through the foresight and generosity of two long-time...
  • Lake Katharine State Nature Preserve is a magnificent natural area in southeast Ohio's Jackson County. It was dedicated as a state nature preserve through the foresight and generosity of two long-time...
  • Among the abundant spring wildflowers found in this mixed swamp woods are several species uncommon to Allen County including swamp saxifrage, Virginia bluebells, green dragon, fire pink and blue cohos...
  • Johnson Woods is one of Ohio's largest and best remaining old-growth forests....
  • Second-growth oak-hickory woods and deep ravines comprise most of this preserve. The most interesting sections are the prairie barren openings dominated by blackjack and post oaks....
  • Jackson Bog is a 58-acre preserve located in northern Stark County and owned by the Jackson Township Local Board of Education and the Ohio Division of Natural Areas and Preserves. The area was dedicat...
  • Jackson Bog is a 58-acre preserve located in northern Stark County and owned by the Jackson Township Local Board of Education and the Ohio Division of Natural Areas and Preserves. The area was dedicat...
  • Hueston Woods is a tiny remnant of the beech-maple forest that once stretched in a broad band from southwestern Ohio to its northeastern corner....
  • Extensive development along the shores of Lake Erie has all but eliminated the presence of sandy beaches and dunes. Headlands Dunes State Nature Preserve, located adjacent to Headlands Dunes State Par...
  • Among the rare species of plants growing on and adjacent to the cliffs are rock sandwort, harebell, tufted hairgrass, limestone savory and wand-lily. Prairie plants, such as gray-headed coneflower, bu...
  • One of the finest boreal fens in the state, Gott Fen harbors more than 20 state-listed species including the largest population of showy lady’s-slipper in the state. Other rarities include round-lea...
  • This site includes the crest and slope of a southfacing bluff overlooking the Stillwater State Scenic River. Frequent disturbances due to slumping of the slope, have maintained a tallgrass prairie com...
  • Goll Woods is the least disturbed woodland known to remain in extreme northwestern Ohio. This preserve features some of the largest trees remaining in the state....
  • Gahanna Woods encompasses a variety of wooded and successional habitats in an urban setting. This preserve protects perhaps the best remaining complex of buttonbush swamps and vernal pools in central ...
  • This nature preserve is one of the best sites in Ohio for viewing spring wildflowers. Especially notable are the spectacular displays of marsh marigolds in April....
  • This preserve encompasses a variety of communities supporting a diversity of flora and fauna typical of northeastern Ohio. Eagle Creek meanders through a wide floodplain dotted with beaver dams, marsh...
  • This preserve encompasses a variety of communities supporting a diversity of flora and fauna typical of northeastern Ohio. Eagle Creek meanders through a wide floodplain dotted with beaver dams, marsh...
  • Only 15 acres in size, Drew Woods is the best remaining old growth woods in this region. The canopy is dominated by very large white, swamp white, bur and Shumard's oak as well as by white ash and sha...
  • The preserve's dolomite cliffs provide habitat for white cedar and sullivantia. American aloe, dwarf hawthorn, hairy wing-stem, side-oats gramma grass and purple coneflower are found in the prairie op...
  • Conkle's Hollow is one of the most spectacular features within the Hocking Hills region. Its sheer cliffs of Black Hand sandstone rise nearly 200 feet above the valley floor....
  • This natural area, located on the Sandusky State Scenic River, was originally acquired as a Scenic River area. In addition to the large wooded riverine corridor, with an excellent floodplain communi...
  • This 268-acre preserve protects one of the most spectacular dolomite and limestone gorges in the state. Registered as a National Natural Landmark in 1968, Clifton Gorge encompasses a 2-mile stretch of...
  • The Clear Creek Valley is a special scientific, scenic and geologic area. Centuries of flooding by glacial meltwater have cut the present gorge area through  Black Hand sandstone, leaving behind scen...
  • Cedar Point National Wildlife Refuge was donated to the Fish and Wildlife Service in 1964 by the owners of the Cedar Point Shooting Club....
  • Cedar Bog is the largest and best calcareous bog or fen in Ohio. One of the most characteristic plants of this preserve is white cedar or arbor-vitae. Significant boreal, as well as prairie and coasta...
  • The preserve is rich in natural as well as early Ohio history.The name Blackhand, for which the preserve is named, originated from a dark, hand-shaped Indian petroglyph which was engraved on the face...
  • Baker Woods is a high quality old-growth forest remnant. It is named in honor of Lela Mae Baker of Coldwater who donated the property to the Division of Natural Areas and Preserves in 1992. ...
  • Audubon Islands State Nature Preserve is comprised of Grape and Ewing islands. It was acquired by the Maumee Valley Audubon Society and donated to the Metropolitan Park District of the Toledo Area. It...
  • Adams Lake State Park is in an area that was once the domain of prehistoric and mound building cultures. Serpent Mound is just north of the park along Ohio Route 41. ...