Estel Wenrick Wetlands & Nature Preserve

2855 Union Rd., Medway, OH 45341
Open daily from dawn until dusk.
Estel Wenrick Wetlands Preserve Google Maps Locator
For more information call the Park District Office at 937-882-6000

 

Photo Credits: Michelle Nau & Mike Shade

 

Spend an afternoon roaming 255 rich acres of high quality wetlands and woodlands. Estel Wenrick Wetlands trails provide paths through the preserve so that hikers, bird watchers, and nature lovers can enjoy and explore this undisturbed natural environment. The Wetlands is a refuge for wildlife and features many thriving species of indigenous Ohio waterfowl like the blue heron. It is flourishing with over 255 identified plant species, including the endangered Eastern Prairie Fringe Orchid, which blooms proudly among the vibrant flora.

In early spring, a large heron rookery at the Wenrick Wetlands is visible from Spangler Road. Sixty blue heron nests and a Cooper’s Hawk nest rest in the branches of two large trees.

The Estel Wenrick Wetlands Nature Preserve provides a casual opportunity for hikers and nature lovers to see a thriving wetland area. Located in Bethel Township, the 255 acre wetlands is part of the Clark County Park District. It is managed in partnership with B-W Greenway Community Land Trust.

The use of Wenrick as a teaching nature preserve should take into account that it is first an area of high quality wetlands and its recreation uses are secondary. Please stay on designated trails!

 

Click the button to the left to see an inventory of plant species that have been identified at Estel Wenrick Wetlands Nature Preserve.

 

“The Wenrick Rookery – A Winged Wonderland
By Greg Liming, 2008