Appreciating the Best of Ohio Nature

Baby Bluebirds
A pair of baby bluebirds fresh out of the nest

Northwest Ohio Nature is as unique and globally rare as places like the Everglades or the Grand Canyon.

That’s what the Nature Conservancy says of the Oak Openings Region here in NW Ohio. There are more rare plant species here than in any other place in Ohio. The ecosystem of the sand dunes, wet prairies, and swamp woodlands is unique, and unfortunately rapidly disappearing.

Northwest Ohio Nature is dedicated to helping to preserve the natural surroundings of our area. Hopefully with increased awareness of this special place we can appreciate what we have and save what little remains.


What's on Northwest Ohio Nature

On this site you will find information about the uniqueness of the natural area of Northwest Ohio.  There are also many other things for nature everywhere. 

We have lots of information about:


Nature through pictures

Nature photography is an important part of our work.  There are a lot of pictures on this site.  This is one way of preserving the nature around us for future generations to enjoy.

Although Northwest Ohio doesn’t boast of mountain vistas or vast canyons there are so many things to appreciate about the natural surroundings here. 


Did you know?

  •  The Nature Conservancy has listed the Oak Openings Region as “One of America’s Last Great Places”.  There are more rare plant species here than in any other place in Ohio.

  •  The Karner Blue Butterfly was eradicated from Ohio but has been successfully reintroduced at Kitty Todd Preserve. This remains the only place in Ohio that this butterfly is known to live naturally.

  •  The Maumee River is the largest tributary to the Great Lakes.

  •  There are no other established populations of the Lark Sparrow in Ohio other than Northwest Ohio.

  •  The National Center for Nature Photography at Secor Metropark is the only place in the United States dedicated to nature photography.


These are just a few of the many natural wonders found here in Northwest Ohio. There are many more.  Come and visit the nature of Northwest Ohio.

Connecting with nature is a great way to understand that we are just a very small part of a much larger world.

NW Ohio Nature Oak Leaf