Come and visit Aullwood's Marie S. Aull Education Center to enjoy the interactive educational exhibits, live animals, and many more things to see, hear, smell, and touch. Marie S. Aull gave Aullwood to the Miami Valley and the National Audubon Society in 1957. It was her dream to create a beautiful wildlife sanctuary and one of the Midwest's first nature centers.
Read more about Aullwood's history here.
Today, more than fifty years after Marie Aull's gift, the Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm continues to be an enjoyable and exciting place to visit. With over 200 acres of nature sanctuary with six miles of trails through prairie, forests, marsh, ponds, and meadows, Aullwood provides experiences and activities that increase understanding and preservation of the planet through education, research, and recreation.
During the 2008-09 school year, 20,900 children discovered nature, conservation and farming through field trips or special classes at Aullwood! In addition, 44,800 students participated in Aullwood REACHES (Real Experiences Arouse Curiosity, Helping Everyone Succeed) outreach programs or weeklong art or music residencies. These 65,700 youngsters came from 12 counties, 36 school systems and 171 schools or educational facilities. This number sets a new record for young lives touched by our special programs!
Come for a visit today and explore the Nature Center, take a walk on the trails, visit Aullwood Farm, or simply sit and enjoy the beautiful setting!
At the Center, you will find:
Discovery Rooms and Classrooms
The Discovery Rooms and classroooms contain exhibits, games, native animals and real parts of animals. Most people love to get close the snakes, turtles and fish. The games entertain and educate. It is a great place to begin a visit.
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Many unique and fun activities, interactive displays, insect specimens, feathers, puzzles and more.
- Plant Classroom
- Bird Watching Room
- Naturalist Classroom
- Mammal Classroom
- Arthropod Classroom
- Bird, Reptile, and Amphibian Classroom
Aullwood Nature Store - Book & Gift Shop
If you are looking for a special field guide, a children's book, or a teaching guide, stop here.You will also find many wildlife related gifts.
From time to time, special exhibits and natural history speakers can be found here. Some special events like Guest Speaker events, the Autumn Gala, Happy Bird Day, Museum Holiday Shop Around, Holiday Art Fair, and many more other exciting events are held here. Learn more about Renting the Auditorium for special events like wedding receptions, dinner functions, and other special events.
Near the stream just down from the Center Building you will find an assembly of rocks. These are rocks brought by the Wisconsonian glacier 20,000 years ago (more or less). They are not like our bedrock. This part of Ohio, like many glaciated regions, is rich with these boulders from farther north.
To learn more about Nature Sanctuary, including Trail maps, Flora and Fauna, and much more, click here, or look to the links on the left.