The Division of Wildlife is pleased to provide educators with quality teaching aids about Ohio’s wildlife. Our education materials include Project WILD activity supplements, posters, wildlife identification guides, and various printed materials. Loaner trunks containing skulls, hides, and more are also available to educators for hands-on wildlife education.… Read full story
WILD School Sites are an extension of Project WILD and can involve any school property used by students, teachers, and the community as a place to learn about and benefit from wildlife and the environment. These sites function within the premise that every school, regardless of size and location, can provide outdoor educational opportunities that can and should be part of any integrated education program.… Read full story
Project WILD involves young people and wildlife, a proven formula for generating interest and participation. It is a supplementary education program emphasizing awareness, appreciation, and understanding of wildlife and natural resources. The program teaches young people how to think about wildlife, their needs and importance, and their relationships to people and the environment.… Read full story
Did you know? Ohio offers 136 nature preserves where you can learn about rare and endangered species, geological features, and more. These diverse areas of land contain remnants of Ohio’s pre-settlement past, rare and endangered species, and wondrous geologic features.
Most State Nature Preserves contain small parking lots and a trail system.… Read full story
A reminder to parks and wildlife area visitors to please watch for wildlife on the roads.
Summer is peak nesting season for Ohio’s turtles, so you may see adult and young turtles traveling and crossing roads more often. If it is safe to do so, you can help a turtle cross the road.… Read full story
Plan to take part in this educational event Thursday evening, August 15 at 6:30 pm. at the canoe launch area/parking lot across from Riverside Park on Dike Road. This SQM Workshop is led by ODNR’s Division of Watercraft/Ohio Scenic Rivers. Prepare to get wet as attendees learn what stream life tells us about stream health.… Read full story
Ohio is home to 24 species of salamander, cold-blooded amphibians that spend their lives partly in water and partly on land. Many salamanders begin their lives as larvae before undergoing metamorphosis and becoming adults. These small creatures spend most of their lives hidden under rocks, leaves, or underground, making them tough to spot.… Read full story
Beautiful butterflies love beautiful flowers… but did you know that some of them also love to eat rotten fruit? It sounds gross, but now you won’t have to waste your old or unused fruit – set it outside to attract butterflies and moths!… Read full story
Smokey Bear celebrates his 75th Birthday! Wildfire prevention icon Smokey Bear reaches a milestone this summer. August 9, 2019 marks the 75th birthday of the fire prevention bear. Smokey Bear was created in 1944 by the US Forest Service and has been working hard to promote fire prevention and safety across the USA for 75 years.… Read full story
In the face of monarch population declines, passionate conservationists are fighting to save this winged icon. Conserving, enhancing, and restoring monarch breeding, migration, and overwintering habitat is essential in reversing this downward trend.
Many people also help monarchs by collecting caterpillars and raising them indoors.… Read full story