What to know about the site:
Dr. Frank Warner of Columbus gave his wife, Carmen, a tract of old farmland in 1931. Over the next 20 years, the Warners expanded and improved the property until it comprised 150 acres of tree-covered hills and a large pond. Today, their legacy is a popular outdoor classroom and a quite retreat for nature enthusiasts.
Other interesting flora at Wahkeena include: 30 different kinds of ferns, nine native orchids including the showy orchids and pink lady’s slipper, and an abundance of spring and summer wildflowers.
Wahkeena is a great birding area. Well over 100 birds have been documented at the site. Nesting records include Cerulean Warbler, Kentucky Warbler, and Summer Tanager.
Wahkeena is a popular open air classroom for nature study and school groups. Along with other nature preserves, Wahkeena serves as an outdoor laboratory in which you can learn about the complex relationships of the living and non-living components of our natural environment.