Innovative Outdoor Education
Visited annually by more than 30,000 tourists and sightseers from a multi-state area, the Ohio Bird Sanctuary OBS) of Richland County is poised to grow capacity for animal care, education, and outreach; improve accessibility and upgrade infrastructure, and expand its role in Ohio tourism and area economic development. Our recently completed innovative Treehouse Classroom is the launching pad for the organization’s first major capital campaign to fund capacity-growing improvements and to benefit operational maintenance for improved sustainability.
Using campaign funds, an injured or orphaned bird will now be able to be treated in a new isolated triage unit of the Ohio Bird Sanctuary. A new baby bird nursery will provide a quiet sanctuary for nestlings and visitors a “behind the scene view”of the rehabilitation efforts. Addition of water features and enhancements to bird enclosures will make the current housing more enriching for eagles, hawks, owls, and other large birds of prey.
Trail expansion covering the Sanctuary’s full 90 acres and bridges to overlooks by the marsh areas of the large Clear Fork Reservoir will be enjoyed by those who travel to the Sanctuary to see and learn about nature and native birds. Additional accessibility for all will be created. Eight kiosks along the trails and at the overlooks will be built to connect visitors to nature and provide educational experiences for visitors on the subjects of Ohio wildlife, and native trees and plant life.
Necessary Infrastructure upgrades of a new roofs for the Education Center and Visitor Center, new ecologically-sound heating/AC systems for both centers, and an asphalt drive and parking areas will provide a welcoming atmosphere.
Contact: Executive Director Gail Laux, firstname.lastname@example.org or 419-884-4295 with any questions.