Welcome to the Terradise Nature Center

Guided downstream by the magnificent Olentangy River, our property houses a wide range of habitat and scenery. From the ever-present towering hardwoods to the seasonal pooling, Ohio’s diverse wildlife thrives throughout Terradise Lane and Trails. Terradise Nature Center is driven by natural resource education and the preservation of Ohio’s wildlife and heritage.



Greetings All!

It’s hard to believe that we are in the last fifth of 2020! 

Around the Nature Center we are enjoying the dedication our squirrels are putting into packing away their caches for winter. It was once believed that squirrels used their nose to lead them back to their buried hoards, but studies in the last couple of decades have suggested that our rodent friends have quite the efficient memory. A study from 1991, in the Journal of Animal Behavior, showed that grey squirrels that had established food stashes near one another would always return to their own to forage. Squirrels have also been observed sorting their nuts by kind. They display the intention of keeping like-nuts together. 

Terradise is excited to be putting together our 2021 Wildlife Calendar and we want to show off the beauty of both Marion and Morrow County with 13 photos from local artists!

  1. All photo’s must have been taken inside a public greenspace within the last year. Landscape and micro-shots are will be accepted. Photo’s must be high-resolution, watermarks encouraged.
  2. Artists are allowed three entries, must be turned in by 11/15/20. Submissions must be through email to and must include… Artist’s name, location and title of photo.
  3. We will utilize photos as received in the template provided in this post. Please keep your edits minimal.

Photos will be chosen by a committee of local naturalists and fellow artists. Announcements will be made on November 17th. Proceeds from our calendar sale will be directed to purchasing lumber and hardware for our spring wood duck box kit conservation project! 

On October 24th Terradise welcomed Django Grootmyers, a senior with a focus in mycology and pathology at the Ohio State University, to the Nature Center to speak on Fungi of the Olentangy. Django’s presentation was informative and full of vivid photography depicting mushrooms one might find along the Olentangy River. Our “Fungus of the Olentangy” event met the capacity of our Covid-19 guidelines, turning out one of our best crowds to date. We look forward to working with Mr. Grootmyers in the future and wish him the best in his studies and passion for all things fungus! 

Our next “Of the Olentangy” event is quickly approaching! You can catch “Mammals of the Olentangy” with our good friend James Anderson, of Marion County Parks District, on November 12th at 6:30 p.m. This event will be held virtually through a ZOOM call that will be casted to our Facebook Page. This event will also be recorded and achieved on our Youtube Channel at…

We were glad to participate in the recent Morrow County OSU Extension “Outdoor Survival Skills Program” held at the Headwaters Outdoor Education Center on Oct. 25th. 31 young survivalists walked away with the tenets of outdoor cooking, fishing basics and water ecology, knot tying, wildlife tracking and shelter building! 



Director, Terradise Nature Center


Join Terradise every third Saturday of the month in documenting the biodiversity along our stretch of the Olentangy in three easy steps! Enjoy a Hike, Take Photos and Share your Experience.

Romine Residance Summer 2018

The Romine House is the central structure on the Terradise Property. Hourly and overnight rentals are available. Ideal for organizational meetings, holiday parties, weddings and long-term lodging. 


Great for youth clubs and organizations of up to 20 students ready for hands-on conservation science! These trips can last from 1-3 hrs and always ends with a s’more!

fungus OTO

Upcoming Events
Birds "of the Olentangy" with Tyler Butler (GBBC Training)
11/19/2020 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
BioBlitz Saturday!
11/21/2020 from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
BioBlitz Saturday!
12/19/2020 from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


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