Get Outside Ohio

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While COVID-19 has drastically changed our daily lives, one thing that remains constant is the wonder and beauty of nature. Northeast Ohio is rich in natural and historic resources including beautiful lakes, streams and waterfalls; unique geologic landscapes; inspiring forests; and historic lighthouses, mills, and buildings.

At Western Reserve Land Conservancy we are still working with landowners, communities, government agencies, park systems and other nonprofits to permanently preserve nature areas and working farms throughout northern and eastern Ohio. Our Thriving Communities program is still working statewide to create healthier urban environments and help those affected by the foreclosure crisis. And we hope these assets can bring families a safe and healthy outlet during these uncertain times. Let's #GetOutsideOhio.

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From gear selection to best practices for spring to diy bird house building- check out our birding page for our spring recommendations!

The Science Behind Getting Outside

We all love a nice hike in the woods or trip to the beach, but why? Read more about what scientist tell us is behind that good feeling we get when we #GetOutsideOhio.

Stewardship Stories

Join us as we learn more about what our amazing field staff find on our protected properties every single day.

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Creating Parks & Preserves

One of Western Reserve Land Conservancy’s most important roles is helping local park systems and communities preserve these essential natural and historic assets for the public to enjoy.

You may not always hear about our work behind the scenes, but Western Reserve Land Conservancy is instrumental in creating public parks and preserves. We collaborate with many partners and leverage our expertise in real estate transactions, conservation easements, legal work, and fundraising to do this important work.

To date, Western Reserve Land Conservancy has helped create more than 170 parks and publicly-owned preserves around the region. Many of these are open to the public, while others will open to the public at a later date. Below is a map of our work!

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Scavenger Hunt

With kids home from school, a scavenger hunt can be a great way to get outside, and get active and educational. Check out our spring scavenger hunt card or our youtube series of weekly scavenger hunts!

Coloring Book

Western Reserve Land Conservancy's coloring book inspired by nature!