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Cedar Bog Nature Preserve

See Ohio as it was over 10,000 years ago at this 450-acre nature preserve.
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    • Wednesday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
    • Thursday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
    • Friday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
    • Saturday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Admission
    • Adult: $5.00
    • Children 6-12: $4.00
    • Children under 6: Free
    • School Groups: $3.00
    • OHC Member: Free

    Cedar Bog Nature Preserve is closed for certain dates during deer hunting season in November through January each year. Please contact the Cedar Bog Association for more information. 
    2014/2015 Education Center Closings:
    Saturday, November 15 – Wednesday, February 11

    Handicapped Accessibility: Ohio History Connection strives to meet ADA requirements. However, historic structures and outdoor areas provide challenges that make it difficult to provide complete access to all visitors. Please call the site with specific questions and concerns.

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Experience Ohio as it was over 10,000 years ago as you walk along a mile-long boardwalk through this 450-acre preserve. Depending on the time of year, you will encounter a variety of unique wildflowers including skunk cabbage in February – it blooms because it can thaw the ice and snow around it, a sea of marsh marigolds in March and April and photographers’ most sought after showy lady slipper orchid in May. Walk slowly and quietly and you might at least here the “plop” into the water of the elusive and endangered spotted turtle.The site is also home to the even more reclusive endangered masassauga rattlesnake.

The Cedar Bog Visitor Center  includes exhibits, a classroom, restrooms and a gift shop. Average visit time: Allow 2+ hours

History

A National Natural Landmark, Cedar Bog Nature Preserve is the largest and best example of a boreal and prairie fen complex in Ohio. It has many rare plants and animals, as well as excellent orchid, prairie, and woodland wildflower displays. In fact, Cedar Bog is home to 40% of Ohio’s rare species, in one location.

The almost mile long boardwalk will guide you through Ohio's recent to Ice Age past. Mastodons probably fed here and all of the Indian cultures of Ohio lived around here.

Cedar Bog Nature Preserve is managed locally by the Cedar Bog Association.

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