Our 2021-2022 campaign has ended, thank you for your generous donations to The Nature Conservancy in Ohio. As of June 30, 2022 we have collected $1925.00.

Our new campaign began July 1, 2022 and continues until June 30, 2023. A form is included   for your donations and as always make checks payable to Garden Club of Ohio.  Please use this donation form  Nature Conservancy Donation Form 2022-2023 to send your check payable to Garden Club of Ohio.

If you prefer your donation be made to a specific area please note that one the form, also if you want to donate in honor of an individual, a group or in memory of someone special.

There are many preserves open to the public in Ohio. All of these can be found on the Ohio Natural Resources website at www.dnr.state.oh.us

Your donations have helped resolve many of our conservation challenges. We hope that you will continue to support the mission and goals of The Nature Conservancy in Ohio.

Thanks so much,

Kathy Wagner

GCO Nature Conservancy Chairman


Celebrating 60 years in Ohio protecting pockets of biodiversity to addressing humanity’s greatest challenges, we owe a tremendous amount of gratitude to people like Ralph Ramey and Dr. Lucy Braun and dozens of other founding fathers and mothers.

In September 1950 Ralph Ramey was attending the meeting of the Ecologist’s Union at the Ohio State University when he witnessed firsthand the vote to reorganize and create a new organization called The Nature Conservancy.

For many years Dr. Lucy Braun studied the unusual mixture of forests and prairies along the Edge of Appalachia. By 1959, she convinced Cincinnati garden clubs to donate funds to a young The Nature Conservancy and in doing so the organization purchased it’s first property in Ohio – a 42-acre tract called the Lynx Prairie, today that tract has grown into the more than 20,000 acre Edge of Appalachia Preserve.

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Northwest Ohio – Western Lake Erie Basin
Great Egret Marsh Preserve – open preserve
Kitty Todd Preserve – open preserve

Northeast Ohio – Central Lake Erie Wetlands
Brown’s Lake Bog Preserve – open preserve
Herrick Fen Preserve – open preserve
Morgan Swamp Preserve – open preserve
Beck Fen Preserve
Flatiron Lake Bog Preserve
Lucia S. Nash Preserve
Stillfork Swamp Preserve

Central and Southern Ohio – Upper Ohio River and Tributaries
Big Darby Headwaters Nature Preserve – open preserve
Darby Creek Watershed
Ohio River

Southern Ohio – Appalachian Foothill Forests
Edge of Appalachian Preserve – open preserve
Sunshine Corridor Project
Baker Swamp Preserve
Glad Wetland Preserve

Visit one of the Conservancy’s Open Preserves in Ohio.

Kathy Wagner, Ohio Land Trust Chairman