Masks are no longer required but please practice social distancing whenever possible.
Please note: Hours can change due to staffing and weather conditions. Before visiting, please check for the most up-to-date information at wahkeenanaturepreserve.com.
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.” See educational exhibits including live animals in the Nature Center, and walk Wahkeena’s self-guided nature trail. Have questions? Get them answered by one of our 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 quiet retreat for nature enthusiasts.
Wahkeena Nature Preserve is managed locally by Fairfield County Park District.