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Photo Credit Michelle Nau

 

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

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 such as the Great Blue Heron and Wood Duck.  It is flourishing with over 200 identified plant species, including the Skunk Cabbage, an unusual plant species that blooms in February.

In early spring, a large heron rookery at the edge of the wetlands is visible from Spangler Road. Up to sixty Great Blue Heron nests rest in the branches of two large trees. Cooper’s Hawks have also been found to be nesting onsite, as well as Pileated Woodpeckers, Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Blue-Gray Gnatcatchers and Yellow-rumped Warblers.

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.

 

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

 

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