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Field Trip to Fernald Nature Preserve
August 24 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pmFree
Since its opening in August 2008, the Fernald Preserve has offered the public a variety of services including trails, nature and history programs for all ages, a community meeting room, and educational outlets like the Cold War Era museum.Remediated and restored wetland and grassland areas can be seen through the center’s panoramic viewing windows. Trail access and a shaded, outdoor shelter are right outside its doors.The site’s visitors center is open Wednesday through Saturday, and the 7 miles of walking trails that wind through acres of restored, native-Ohio habitats are available 7 days a week during daylight hours.
Today, the local community of birders comprises one of the largest groups of guests to use the nature trails at the Fernald Preserve. Restoration of expansive wetlands and grasslands invite nesting and refueling during migration by many bird species that are uncommon to the area. Recently guests have enjoyed watching the activities of Great Egrets, Eastern Meadowlarks, Wilson’s Snipes, and Northern Harriers. Gary is often among the many visitors who come to the preserve armed with binoculars and cameras. Public program activities are offered at the site on a regular basis with field trips and educational programs on astronomy, monarch tagging, herping, birding and botanizing.
Upon completion of its construction, the Fernald Visitors Center was awarded Platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED); the first to receive such an award in the state of Ohio. Tours of the sustainable building and its infrastructure are sometimes requested by interested guests.
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