Wahkeena Nature Preserve is best described as a “living museum,” featuring informative information on the rich Natural History of the Hocking Hills region. Interpretive trail guides are changed throughout the year with the season, the Nature Center is open during site hours and experienced Naturalists are available for programming and to answer visitor questions.
The Nature Center began its life in the early 1900’s as a farmhouse. Once acquired by Frank and Carmen Warner in 1931 it was remodeled to the lodge you see today. The inside of the Nature Center features natural history displays, an observation beehive, taxidermized animals, as well as live animals.
Wahkeena is home to a variety of birds and other wildlife. During your visit be sure to take a look at our two captive birds of prey, an Eastern Screech Owl and Red-shouldered Hawk. Both were injured, deemed non-releasable and are now kept at the Preserve as educational animals.
Wahkeena offers a variety of programs throughout the spring, summer and fall. If you are interested in learning about our native birds, wildlife, wildflowers, ferns or just natural history in general be sure to check out our guided nature walks. We also offer programs for schools, scout groups and home school groups. Please contact us at (800) 297-1883 for more information on scheduling.