Nature

Animated and enlightening, these nature programs are a great way to experience the City's largest natural area. Come mingle with the wildlife through guided hikes and activities outdoors.

All nature programs will be held at the Rotary Nature Center located in the Wintergarden/St. John's Nature Preserve. Most programs are free, and open to all ages. Please remember to dress appropriately for the scheduled activity.

Upcoming Programs

The Turkey Trail is an all-ages adventure that is a perfect addition to your Thanksgiving celebrations! Play eye-spy for the hidden turkeys of our fictitious flock while learning fun facts. This one-mile interpretive hike can be enjoyed at your leisure at Wintergarden/St. John’s Nature Preserve from Wednesday, November 23, through Sunday, November 27, 2022. Please note that the turkeys have migrated to the preserve's St. John’s Woods section, so be sure to follow the directional signs outside the Nature Center. For more information or questions, please call the Parks and Recreation Department at 419-352-6223. 

Discovery Kits

Stop by the Rotary Nature Center, Mondays through Fridays, 8 am to 5 pm to pick up a Discovery Kit to take with you on your family hike. The kit contains children's binoculars, field guides, insect nets and exploration guidelines for "treading lightly."