Welcome to the Terradise Nature Center

When Trella Romine passed away in 2013, she left a legacy which she wanted to be shared with others. To that purpose, in 1998 she donated 12 of the original 18 acre tract along the Olentangy (Whetstone) River to form the Marion County Park District’s first property, the Terradise Nature Preserve. Upon her death, the house and 6 remaining acres were inherited by her son David Haldeman with the intent that a Nature Center be formed to share the horticultural resources as well as the extensive library of books on nature and natural history. His gift of this land and house to the Terradise Nature Center, Inc. completes the transformation of this property, which Trella indicated she was only “borrowing” for her lifetime.

Thank You for a Wonderful Grand Opening!

A very heart-felt thank you goes out to all the attendees of our grand opening at the Terradise Nature Center last weekend! Around 40 people arrived to recognize the official opening and commemorate the 103rd birthday of Trella Romine. It was Trella’s life ambition to see her homestead and the surrounding natural habitats at Terradise become […]

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Terradise Nature Center Grand Opening – “Growing a Legacy”

Marion County will soon add another attraction for nature lovers. The former home of Trella H. Romine at 1536 Whetstone River Road North, Caledonia, will officially become the Terradise Nature Center on November 3, 2018. A public event, including an open house and walking tour, as well as ribbon-cutting will start at 1 PM and […]

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Terradise Nature Center Library Online

You can visit our online library and browse through book titles.  Then join the Nature Center and enjoy an evening curled up with a vintage nature book!   Terradise Nature Center Library Online

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Terradise Becomes The Terradise Nature Center

Terradise is on its way to becoming the Terradise Nature Center at the Terradise Nature Preserve! We are now a non-profit corporation registered in Ohio, with IRS 501(c)(3) tax deductible status for charitable contributions, and 509(a)(2) as a public charity qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts. JOIN US! – please click […]

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Help The Terradise Nature Center’s GoFundMe campaign

  We are in the midst of a GoFundMe campaign – please donate to help us get our feet off the ground!   Terradise Nature Center, Inc. has been formed to promote educational and research activities at the former home of Trella H. Romine. She dedicated her life to enriching the lives of others through […]

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Gale Martin Elected Executive Director

The board of trustees met March 14, 2018 and elected Gale Martin as the Executive Director of the Terradise Nature Center.  Gale has extensive experience with the Marion County Historical Society and her own Natives in Harmony native plant nursery.  We are pleased she will be leading us in this effort. If you would like […]

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“From​ ​My​ ​Windows” – Trella Romine’s reflections on her 60 years at Terradise

I created the plans for my home, Terradise, with the help of my dad, Ray Hemmerly. I wanted to view the Whetstone River meandering through the 18 acres along the south side of the house, and Whetstone River Road North along the north side. The view to the east included the lean-to shed built by […]

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Visit the Marion County Park District’s Terradise Nature Preserve

Marion County Park District’s Terradise Nature Preserve is adjacent to the Terradise Nature Center. Accessible from Marion-Williamsport Rd off of 746. Below are directions to the preserve from the nature center:     Welcome to the Terradise Nature Preserve. May your visit here be pleasant as you enjoy a walk through the woods along the […]

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Stay at Terradise! Now Available on AirBnB

Plan your stay at Terradise!  We are now offering the home on AirBnB for daily or weekly rentals for individuals or small groups. A house on a hill, by a river, in a woods is how Trella Romine described her home she dreamed of and built in 1953. Terradise is good for couples, solo adventurers, […]

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Buckeye Trees –  Do You Know Your Buckeye Species?

Buckeye Trees –  Do you know your Buckeye species? Terradise is home to many species of trees including our official state tree, the Buckeye! Click here for Ohio Department of Natural Resources brochure on our state’s “nicknamesake”.

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