Cedar Bog Nature Preserve | Urbana Ohio | Owned by the state of Ohio, the site is operated by the non-profit Cedar Bog Association for the Ohio History Connection
A national natural landmark, Cedar Bog Nature Preserve is the largest and best example of a boreal and prairie fen complex in Ohio
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UPCOMING EVENTS

UPCOMING EVENTS

There’s always something happening at Cedar Bog!  Plan your visit today.

SCHEDULE A TOUR

SCHEDULE A TOUR

Schedule a tour of Cedar Bog Nature Preserve.

BECOME A MEMBER

BECOME A MEMBER

What better way to show your support than to become a Cedar Bog member!

WHAT TO DO AT CEDAR BOG

Hey, this place is really alive! Thousands of interesting creatures make their home here at Cedar Bog. Plus, the bog features an amazing number of beautiful and, sometimes, very unusual plants and flowers. So, put on your walking shoes, sling your knapsack, and let’s take a hike down the boardwalk through a fascinating piece of Ohio’s own backyard. Cedar Bog Nature Preserve is an experience you won’t forget!

EXPLORE

Cedar Bog is a perfect place to immerse yourself in the wonders of nature. You’ll discover an incredibly diverse ecosystem of plants and animals interacting in this unique wetland environment. It’s one of Ohio’s most interesting and beautiful landscapes. And you can wind your way along the boardwalk through the bog to experience it up close.

PRESERVE

By visiting Cedar Bog, you’re helping to preserve nature by developing your own appreciation for it. For many, Cedar Bog opens their eyes to the fascinating intricacy of the natural world and sparks a desire to learn more and conserve these kinds of places for our future. You’ll also learn about how the staff and volunteers help keep this preserve in its pristine state for all its inhabitants and for those who come to visit.

LEARN

Whether you visit Cedar Bog as part of a guided tour or simply experience the journey on your own, you are bound to learn many new and interesting things. Cedar Bog features a wide variety of living creatures and vegetation that each have a story to tell. Bring your imagination and your sense of adventure and you’ll be amazed at what you will discover.

SUPPORT

Cedar Bog isn’t just a place to visit and observe nature. It’s also a place where you can engage and play an active role in its preservation and interpretation. You may wish to serve as a volunteer, where you can help maintain the preserve and share your knowledge with others. Or, you may like to donate funds to help support the work of the team. There’s a place for you at Cedar Bog.

ABOUT US

Cedar Bog Nature Preserve was the first nature preserve in Ohio purchased with state money and is considered by many to be Ohio’s premiere natural area. Cedar Bog is a National Natural Landmark, one of only twenty-five in the state of Ohio – recognized for its national significance. It ranks the highest of any site among all others in the state on the Ohio Floristic Diversity Index for its great diversity of plants.

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INTERESTING FACTS

More than forty endangered, threatened, and rare plants and animals can be found at Cedar Bog.

Cedar Bog is a protected area of about 450 acres of land which remains from the original area of approximately 7,000 acres.

Cedar Bog is, in actuality, a “fen” and not a bog. A fen is a wetland area that drains water, whereas a bog retains water.

Cedar Bog State Nature Preserve is a fen left behind by the retreating glaciers of the Wisconsin glaciation about 12,000-18,000 years ago.

NATURE’S WONDERS … UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL.

“One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.”
— William Shakespeare

A VIEW OF THE BOG

In every direction, you’ll find great natural beauty at Cedar Bog. Bring along your camera and see what sites you can capture on your visit. A picture is worth a thousand words, but there’s nothing like being surrounded by the natural sounds of twittering birds, croaking frogs, and a gentle breeze in the treetops. So, maybe a little video would be a good keepsake, too?

A SPECIAL PLACE FOR ANY LOVER OF NATURE

Nature is to be experienced. The staff and board of directors at Cedar Bog Nature Preserve are dedicated to protecting and preserving the land, vegetation, and wildlife that inhabit this very special place. It is a treasure for our state and local community and we hope you will visit us soon. You’ll soon discover what joys and serenity it has to offer any lover of nature. We’ll see you at the Bog!

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