Brukner Nature Center
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Brukner Nature Center Trails
Brukner Nature Center has 6 miles of nature trails that allow you to search for wildlife on quiet mulch trails through wooldland, wetland, and prairie.
Buckeye Valley Loop Trail – 1.1 miles
Swamp Boardwalk – .5 mile
Trillium Valley Trail – .4 mile
Stillwater Loop – .8 mile
Hickory Ridge Trail – 1.1 miles
Sugar BushWren Run Trail – .25 mile
Pinelands Trail – .3 mile
Pioneer Trail – .5 mile
Short Step Hill
About Brukner Nature Center
Admission: $2.50 per person, Monday-Saturday; free on Sunday.
In 1933 Clayton Brukner, owner of the Waco Aircraft Company, bought 146 acres of land along the Stillwater River. The land was not known for its productivity but rather for its natural beauty. Here were wooded hills and valleys, a great variety of trees, shrubs, and wildflowers, streams and perpetually flowing springs.
Mr. Brukner envisioned the land being used for a nature center for many years. In 1966 he had the land surveyed and after receiving high praise to the educational potential he started putting his plan into motion. In 1967 he unveiled his plans for the center to a group representing 12 local schools and one local university. In 1974 the center was opened to the public under the direction of Bob and Joan Heidleberg.
Through the years Brukner Nature Center has grown to a 165-acre nature preserve dedicated to environmental education and wildlife rehabilitation. Six miles of trails traverse a variety of habitats including wetland, forest, and prairie. The Interpretive Building houses an Auditorium and meeting rooms available for educational events, a nature shop featuring local artists, and wildlife exhibit, including over 40 wildlife ambassadors. Also on site is the 1804 Idding’s log home, the oldest structure in Miami County on its original site, and a wildlife rehabilitation unit to educate people with concerns about Ohio’s wildlife.
From Brukner Nature Center webpage
Restrooms on site.