Arboretums, Nature Preserves, Land Trusts

Beech Creek Gardens


We are non-profit organization preserving and developing on a 175 acre site in Northeast Ohio. Our goal is to provide educational opportunities and interactive experiences that inspire people to be good stewards of their communities and the world. Recreational activities change with the seasons, but something can be enjoyed here at anytime of the year. Nature trails, Butterfly house, Plant Science Center, Special events, Programs for children and adults. (Formerly Beech Creek Botanical Garden & Nature Preserve.)Address: 11929 Beech St. NE, Alliance, Ohio, 44601. Visit website for more information.

Phone: 330-862-3920 City: AllianceCounty: Stark

Black Swamp Conservancy


“The mission of the Black Swamp Conservancy is to encourage conservation and protection of natural and agricultural lands in Northwest Ohio for the benefit of future generations.” Address: P.O. Box 332, Perrysburg, OH 43552. Visit website for more information.

Phone: 419-872-5263 City: PerrysburgCounty: Wood

BW Greenway Community Land Trust


Purpose of the organization is to “Preserve and promote natural corridors between the Beaver Creek and Wenrick Wetlands as a link in the Greater Dayton Greenbelt…The “B” in the B-W represents the Beavercreek Wetlands , the “W” represents the Estel Wenrick Wetlands.” Address: PO Box 3, Fairborn, OH 45324-0003. Visit website for more information.

Phone: 877-479-4543 City: FairbornCounty: Greene

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden


Eastern North America has some of the richest floral diversity that can be found anywhere. However, due to habitat loss, invasive species, and the pressures of human encroachment, we are losing some of this diversity. It is our hope that through the Native Plant Program, our goals of conservation and education help preserve our native floral diversity. In a collaborative effort with government agencies, nurseries, and conservation organizations we are working to develop conservation strategies regarding local native flora. In the Garden we highlight local native flora in several exhibits including the Passenger Pigeon Memorial landscape and Wolf Woods eastern woodlands. Location: 3400 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45220. Visit website for more information.

Phone: 513-559-7739 City: CincinnatiCounty: Hamilton

Cox Arboretum & Gardens MetroPark


189 preserved acres. Includes specialty gardens including the Conservation Corner. “The primary goal of Conservation Corner is to provide a means of educating people of all ages about the environment and issues of protecting the land. The area is currently being used and will continue to be an area for many types of programming including identification of native plants, learning about habitats and exploring for signs of wildlife.” Also features Ohio’s Largest Native Butterfly House. Location: 6733 Springboro Pike, Dayton OH 45449. Visit website for more information

Phone: 937-434-9005 City: DaytonCounty: Montgomery

Dawes Arboretum


The Arboretum’s native plant conservation efforts include: Conserving plants in their native habitats, Inventorying native plant communities, Restoring and re-creating Ohio native ecosystems. These plants of wild known origins (WKO’s) are important because many plants species are in peril due to habitat loss. Plants of wild known origins can be collected and propagated from wild populations and stored in a “seed bank” (i.e. seed repository), thereby preserving the genetics of the plant. Location: 7770 Jacksontown Rd. SE, Newark, Ohio 43056. Visit our website for more information.

Phone: 740-323-2355 City: NewarkCounty: Licking

Friends of Alum Creek


Friends of Alum Creek and Tributaries (FACT) is a local not-for-profit community based volunteer organization within the Columbus, Ohio metro area. It is part of the Franklin County Greenways initiative. FACT provides educational opportunities for learning about Alum Creek river and watershed protection, and volunteer opportunities for watershed stewardship. The mission of Friends of Alum Creek and Tributaries (FACT) is to preserve and protect the quality and beauty of the Alum Creek watershed and promote environmentally responsible recreation, educational opportunities, and citizen participation at many levels. Address: 2820 Watkins Road, Columbus, OH 43207. Visit website for more information.

Phone: 614-409-0511 City: ColumbusCounty: Franklin

Greenways of Greater Dayton


“An umbrella group of individuals and conservation organizations encouraging, enhancing and establishing greenways…Greenways of Greater Dayton envisions thousands of acres of additional parkland and protected natural areas; thousands more miles of trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding; thousands of acres of easement-protected rural farmland; hundreds of cleaned-up redeveloped urban and suburban brownfields; and a sustainable economy for the Greater Dayton area.” Address: GGD c/o Miami Valley Earth Central, 27 South St. Claire Street, Dayton, OH 45402. Visit website for more information.

Phone: 937-222-7195 City: DaytonCounty: Montgomery

James A. McBride Arboretum


“Named after the first dean of the BGSU Firelands college, the James H. McBride Arboretum, which was created in 1984, covers 50 acres at the Bowling Green State University Firelands Campus. Highlighting a vast collection of flowering crabapple trees, the serene setting introduces visitors to a variety of ever-changing formal and ornamental plants and flower gardens throughout its 50 acres. A paved pathway leads visitors on a scenic stroll along the banks of William J. Parker Lake, which supports fish, wildlife, aquatic plants, and migrating birds, as well as the resident swans.” Location: BGSU 1 University Drive, 901 Rye Beach Road, Huron OH 44839. Visit website for more information.

Phone: 419-625-7783 City: HuronCounty: Huron

Licking Land Trust


“The mission of the Licking Land Trust is the preservation and permanent conservation protection of central Ohio green spaces — wetlands, woods, farmlands, riparian corridors, and scenic vistas, and education about the importance of green spaces and their conservation, all for the public benefit.” Address: 128 South Main Street, P.O. Box 196, Granville, OH 43023. Visit website for more information.

Phone: 740-587-4104 City: GranvilleCounty: Licking

Little Miami Inc.


Little Miami Inc. (LMI) is a citizen 501c3 nonprofit organization founded in 1967 dedicated to conserving the natural splendor of the Little Miami National State Scenic River for wildlife habitat, quiet public enjoyment and as a source of clean drinking water. Address: 6040 Price Road, Milford, OH 45150-1429. Visit website for more information.

Phone: 513-965-9344 City: MilfordCounty: Knox

Monday Creek Restoration Project


“The Monday Creek Restoration Project is a partnership committed to improving the health of the Monday Creek watershed for the benefit of the community.” Address: PO Box 129, 115 West Main Street, New Straitsville, OH 43766. Visit website for more information.

Phone: 740-394-2047 City: New StraitsvilleCounty: Perry

Scioto River Valley Federation


“The mission of Scioto River Valley Federation is “To preserve and protect the Scioto River for future generations…the group has been actively involved in voluntary stream monitoring and assessment of the Upper Scioto watershed, with sites being actively monitored for water quality.” Address: P. O. Box 1501 Delaware, OH 43015. Visit website for more information.

Phone: 740-369-8279 City: DelawareCounty: Delaware

Secrest Arboretum


“Look at, learn about, and love the plant life around you. Over the past 100+ years, we have grown into an expansive outdoor laboratory and landscape garden…At Secrest, our beautiful theme gardens illustrate the use of style, color and texture within plant habitats to establish a sustainable landscape. Enjoy our gardens and discover plant selections for yours. Stroll our paved walkways through forests and meadows.”

Phone: 330-263-3761 City: WoosterCounty: Wayne

Tecumseh Land Trust


“The Tecumseh Land Trust of Greene and Clark Counties is a private, not-for-profit conservation organization. Its purpose is to preserve agricultural land, open space, and historic structures in voluntary cooperation with landowners and their heirs, and to educate the public about methods of private land conservation.” Address: P.O. Box 417, Yellow Springs, OH 45387. Visit website for more information.

Phone: 937-767-9490 City: Yellow SpringsCounty: Greene

The Athens Conservancy


“The Athens Conservancy is a nonprofit organization of a type known as a land trust. It is organized and exists to work for protection of open-space lands in Athens County, Ohio, and nearby areas, including acquisition of land or specific rights where appropriate and including educational and planning activities.” Address: PO Box 2281, Athens, OH 45701. Visit website for more information.

Phone: 740-797-9667 City: AthensCounty: Athens

The Hillside Trust


“Greater Cincinnati is blessed with a beautiful pattern of rivers and green hillsides formed thousands of years ago by three different glaciers. These hillsides and river systems give the region its unique visual personality and contribute greatly to our quality of life…The Hillside Trust actively works to help achieve a balance between the competing interests of development and conservation of our remaining hillside land…The Hillside Trust accomplishes its mission through work in three broad program areas: research and education, land conservation, and advocacy of responsible land use.” Address: 710 Tusculum Avenue, Alms Park, Cincinnati, OH 45226-1770. Visit website for more information.

Phone: 513-321-3886 City: CincinnatiCounty: Hamilton

The Holden Arboretum


“The Holden Arboretum owns more than 3,500 acres, of which nearly 3,000 acres are natural areas. … Holden is blessed with abundant natural resources that range from the unique land itself to the hundreds of native plant, animal and insect species that live within these lands. For the past 75 years The Holden Arboretum has been acquiring land in order to protect these natural resources…In June 2006, Holden adopted a strategic conservation plan in order to establish goals and to outline the types of active management that would take place in Holden natural areas. Holden has natural resources that are common and rare on a state level. These resources can range from a plant community, to an ecosystem, to a plant, animal, or insect species. Essentially, the long-term conservation goals are to manage Holden natural areas for the purpose of sustaining or increasing levels of native biodiversity, with an emphasis on plants. Likewise, Holden has a commitment to assure the protection of these regionally rare and/or critical natural resources.” Location: 9500 Sperry Road Kirtland, Ohio 44094. Visit our website for more information.

Phone: 440-946-4400 City: KirtlandCounty: Lake

The Land Conservancy of Hamilton County


“The Land Conservancy of Hamilton County, Ohio (LCHC) is an active member of the nation’s growing land conservation movement. A member-supported nonprofit land trust, LCHC was founded in 1999 in response to development pressures that have led to the loss of precious lands and farms in Hamilton County. Without active efforts to permanently protect our County’s natural heritage, these lands will be lost, if not to us, most certainly to our children and theirs.” Address: 5200 Race Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45247. Visit website for more information.

Phone: 513-574-1849 City: CincinnatiCounty: Hamilton

The Owl Creek Conservancy


“The Owl Creek Conservancy is a private nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving natural and agricultural lands in the Knox County area through widespread private action. We work with landowners for the public good to maintain and to improve the quality of life now and in the future by preserving woodland, wetlands, farmland, waterways, scenic vistas, and wildlife habitats of environmental, historic, and community importance.” Address: 20018 Butler Rd., Mt Vernon OH 43050.

Phone: 740-392-6952 City: Mt. VernonCounty: Knox

The Wilderness Center


“Welcome to The Wilderness Center. We are a non-profit nature center in Northeast Ohio. We have 10 miles of hiking trails through old growth forest and prairies, passing a lake, pond, and look-out tower. Stop in at the Interpretive Building with a wonderful Nature Store, interactive Display Room, and Wildlife Observation Room. We also have an Astronomy Education Building with a Planetarium and Observatory. We are protecting 2,931 acres of forest, streams, prairie and farmlands. The Wilderness Center has been serving the community as the “go to” nature center for education and land conservation since 1964.” Address: 9877 Alabama Avenue, SW, Wilmot, Ohio 44689-0202. Visit website for more information.

Phone: 330-359-5235 City: WilmotCounty: Stark

Three Valley Conservation Trust


“Three Valley Conservation Trust works with people and communities to conserve the natural, environmental, and cultural heritage of southwest Ohio” Service areas: the watersheds of Seven Mile and Indian Creeks, the watershed of Four Mile Creek north of Acton Lake in Butler and Preble Counties; the Four Mile Creek watershed, the Twin Creek watershed, portions of the Whitewater River watershed in Butler and Preble Counties, the Elk Creek watershed, and all land in Butler County drained by eastern tributaries of the Great Miami River.” Address: P.O. Box 234, 5920 Morning Sun Road, Oxford, OH 45056. Visit website for more information.

Phone: 513-524-2150 City: OxfordCounty: Butler

Toledo Botanical Gardens


“Toledo Botanical Garden is open free to the public year-round. Your visit to the Garden can be a brief break for fresh air or an entire day of exploration. We welcome you to enjoy walking, birdwatching, picnicking, reading, photography, drawing, or simple relaxation amidst the beauty of nature… We take great pride in being one of the few local propagators and the only retailer for the Oak Openings native plant genotype. The TBG greenhouse staff and volunteers annually supply over 10,000 native plants to local parks, landscapers, residential developers and other groups, creating and sustaining Oak Openings habitats.” Location: 5403 Elmer Drive, Toledo, OH 43615. Visit website for more information.

Phone: 419-936-2986 City: ToledoCounty: Lucas

Western Reserve Land Conservancy


“Western Reserve Land Conservancy (WRLC) is a non-profit conservation organization dedicated to preserving land throughout the Western Reserve region of Northeast Ohio. WRLC works with landowners, communities, government agencies, and other non-profit organizations to protect natural areas and working landscapes.” Address: P.O. Box 314, Novelty, OH 44072. Visit website for more information.

Phone: 440-729-9621 City: NoveltyCounty: Geauga

Western Wildlife Corridor


“Western Wildlife Corridor’s mission is to protect the scenic beauty and natural resources of the Ohio River Valley through direct land protection and through the promotion of responsible land use.
Green space enhances the quality of life for people in the community by helping to remove pollutants from the air and water as well as increasing property values of land near green belts. To fulfill our mission, WWC has worked since 1992 to preserve and restore the greenway corridor of wooded hillsides along the Ohio River from the Mill Creek near downtown Cincinnati to the Great Miami River bordering Indiana…” Address: P.O. Box 389077, Cincinnati, Ohio 45238. Visit website for more information.

Phone: 513-921-9453 City: CincinnatiCounty: Hamilton

Woodland Arboretum


“Founded in 1841, Woodland Cemetery is one of the nation’s five oldest rural/garden cemeteries and a unique cultural, botanical and educational resource in the heart of Dayton, Ohio. Over 3,000 trees and 165 specimens of native Midwestern woody plants grace the Arboretum’s 200 verdant acres of rolling hills. Many of the trees are more than a century old and 9 have been designated “Ohio Champions” by the Ohio Forestry Association.” Location: 118 Woodland Avenue, Dayton, OH 45409. Visit website for more information.

Phone: 937-228-3221 City: DaytonCounty: Montgomery

Zoar Wetland Arboretum


“The Zoar Wetland is located in northern Tuscarawas County near the historic Village of Zoar. It is a natural wetland ecosystem with a 30-acre shallow marsh and 50 acres of woodland. Our volunteers maintain two miles of trails and all other interpretive features.” Address: 434 W Fifth Street, Zoar OH 44697. Visit website for more information.

Phone: 330-874-4632 City: ZoarCounty: Tuscarawas