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Wahkeena Nature Preserve

A popular outdoor classroom & a quiet retreat for nature enthusiasts


Find a nature center, hiking trails, stone outcroppings, an abundance of plants, native orchids and more than 100 species of birds at this 150-acre preserve that lives up to its name,meaning “most beautiful. Be sure to see the exhibits and live education animals in the Nature Center. Also, walk on the self-guided interpretive nature trail. Have questions? Get them answered by one of the naturalists.

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. Average visit time: Allow 1+ hours


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. 

Wahkeena Nature Preserve is managed locally by the Fairfield County Historical Parks.

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