Terradise Legacies: Terradise Nature Center Today
Today, Terradise Nature Center is a thriving environmental education, local history, conservation, & environmental arts non-profit situated on 6 acres of pristine restored riverbottom land along the Whetstone River, dedicated to “informing our communities in their natural and cultural heritages.” Flanked by the Marion County Parks District’s Terradise Nature Preserve — a twin preserve, also carved out of the original 18 acres of Terradise — our property is open dawn ’til dusk, 365 days a year. Terradise’s programs include hands-on conservation opportunities for youth & adults management of trails, river, ponds, & seeded prairie, the Terradise Environmental Arts Residency — an annual paid artist’s residency open to Marion & Morrow County artists — & Tunes at Terradise: a plein air concert series held at Terradise’s new Pond Stage each August. Terradise Nature Center also offers Trella & Ray Romine’s historic midcentury Romine Residence for vacation rentals & board retreats: providing short-term & extended opportunities to experience the tranquility of this “heaven on Earth.” Looking ahead, the Terradise Nature Center is visioning & fundraising for a new interpretive center: a Frank Lloyd Wright-style cantilevered structure that will provide unparalleled views of the Whetstone, & a year-round space for exhibits (like this one) & interpretive programming. Contact us to get involved, join the board, or donate!