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The Ohio Northern University Nature Center is located 160 miles east of Ada, tucked into the hills of Ohio's Amish country near Ragersville and Stone Creek in Tuscarawas County. The center is ideal for nature study and retreats. The center is located on a 70-acre farm in the beautiful rolling hills of Tuscarawas County. It includes a century-old farmhouse, a barn, and the Robert C. Bolon Academic Field Study Center. Most of the property is wooded with a pond, a number of natural springs and streams, valleys and hills, and fields.

The Metzger Nature Center is ideal for educational purposes and group retreats. It provides and is designed as a field station for the biological sciences offering the opportunity for long term research, several days of classes or in-depth observations. Classes in natural history, ichthyology, ornithology, entomology, and science education have regularly used the facilities. Specialized week-end classes in various social science areas occur each year. The ONU Archeology Field School conducts archeological "digs" during April and May on the property and in the region.

 In addition, co-curricular groups with interests in conservation, nature, natural resources and related subjects-such as the Outdoors Club-find it appealing. Groups as diverse as the Joint Engineering Council, biological sciences faculty, Ohio College Registrars Association, Student Senate, student affairs staff, and members of the university chapel groups are among those utilizing the center on a regular basis.


To schedule a visit or to learn more about the Metzger Nature Center, please call the Department of Biological & Allied Health Sciences at Ohio Northern University at 419-772-2325.

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Department of Biological & Allied Health Sciences

Jane Brown

Meyer 118
525 South Main Street
Ada, Ohio 45810
Monday: 8 a.m.-12 p.m., 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m.-12 p.m., 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m.-12 p.m., 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m.-12 p.m., 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.-12 p.m., 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed