Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm
Dayton • 937-890-7360
Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm, a treasured 200-acre sanctuary in southwest Ohio, is an Audubon Center for environmental education and organic agriculture providing activities that increase understanding and preservation of the planet. Visitors to Aullwood explore a century-old bank barn and other farm buildings that house various livestock. Enjoy special events, weekend or evening activities, outreach programs, classes, and nature-themed art and textile exhibits.
Brukner Nature Center
Troy • 937-698-6493
Brukner Nature Center is a nonprofit, privately funded organization promoting the appreciation and understanding of wildlife conservation through preservation, education, and rehabilitation. The 165-acre preserve encompasses a variety of habitats—from prairie and woodland to pine forest and wetland— providing homes for a diversity of wildlife. Over six miles of hiking trails are available to the public year round from sunrise to sunset. The recently renovated Interpretive Building houses a nature shop, auditorium, library, tree-top bird vista, and interactive exhibits. Brukner Nature Center is home to over 50 permanently injured representatives of native Ohio species, the stars of every educational program they offer. Please call for details.facebook_account
Bull’s Run Nature Sanctuary and Arboretum
Middletown • [email protected]
Bull’s Run Nature Sanctuary and Arboretum is a beautiful, 11-acre green space in the heart of Middletown. Open free to the public from dawn until dusk, enjoy hiking trails, a wildflower prairie, and wildlife watching! Also learn about the natural history of the area through various public programs, including wildflower walks, tree ID classes, and Nature TOTS.facebook_account
Downtown Dayton Partnership
Dayton • 937-224-1518
The Downtown Dayton Partnership is dedicated to making downtown Dayton a better place to live, work, and visit. Special events are coordinated throughout the entire year, including The Square is Where…: a lunchtime entertainment program providing free entertainment on Courthouse Square; Summer in the City: an overarching brand encompassing the hundreds of special summer events happening in the downtown area; and the Dayton Holiday Festival: a tree lighting, nighttime lighted parade, and series of special events and activities throughout December. The DDP sponsors First Friday each month, featuring street performances, roaming entertainers, outdoor concerts, arts demonstrations, live music, and more. The DDP produces promotional communications and an ongoing calendar of events highlighting everything there is to do in downtown Dayton.
Five Rivers MetroParks
Dayton • 937-275-7275
Celebrating over 50 years of preserving green space and natural areas, Five Rivers MetroParks is a nationally renowned park system composed of natural area parks, gardens, high-quality river corridors, urban parks, and a network of recreation trails. Fiver Rivers MetroParks protects the region’s natural heritage and provides outdoor experiences that inspire a personal connection with nature. Educational programs and recreational opportunities are offered year round for all ages.
Glen Helen Nature Preserve
Yellow Springs • 937-769-1902
Glen Helen Nature Preserve encompasses 1,000 acres, a 25-mile network of footpaths. Visitors can view wildflowers, 400-year-old trees, limestone cliffs with waterfalls and overhangs, and the beautiful yellow spring flower for which the town is named. The Raptor Center, open 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., rescues and nurtures raptors that are injured or sick and houses 30 education raptors that have been unable to be released back into the wild. Private tours, hikes, or ECO camp can be arranged by contacting the Outdoor Education Center at 937-767-7648.
Learning Tree Farm
Dayton • 937-866-8650
Amid an 85-acre working farm, Learning Tree Farm offers a tranquil setting to connect children of all ages to nature through hands-on learning experiences. Visitors can tour historic structures, hike on trails, interact with farm animals, and sample produce from 30 raised garden beds. The Farm offers staff-led field trips, the Saturday Family Fun series, community festivals, designated programs for preschoolers, and a Nature Preschool.
Piqua • 937-773-9355
Mainstreet Piqua is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the revitalization, promotion, and economic development of downtown Piqua, Ohio. They host a variety of family-oriented community events including Taste of the Arts, Piqua Community Farmers Market, and Christmas on the Green.facebook_account
Troy Main Street
Troy • 937-339-5455
Troy Main Street promotes the economic revitalization of downtown Troy through business recruitment and retention, improving visual image, and organizing community events, including Taste of Troy, Troy Streets Alive, and the Downtown Troy Farmers Market.
Woodland Historic Cemetery & Arboretum
Dayton • 937-228-3221
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. The Romanesque gateway, chapel, and office, completed in 1889, are on the National Register of Historic Places, and the chapel features one of the finest original Tiffany windows in the country.facebook_account