Making Nature AccessibleProject led by Woodcock Nature Preserve
About the project.
The Woodcock Nature Preserve encompasses 100 acres of land in New Marshfield, Athens County. We have been working for years to restore a space for native species to flourish in Southeast Ohio. The preserve features two ponds, a prairie, and a forested area and functions as a demonstrative land lab for outdoor education and research for managing ecosystems.
We are dedicated to creating a safe educational experience for all people while practicing innovative conservation. With our various activities, projects and public workshops, the Preserve is investing in the health and wellness of the local community.
Land lab activities focus on educating our community about environmental stewardship, restoration of native species, social enterprise, and overall sovereignty of the land. The Preserve’s ongoing renovations include: increasing public access with trails, maps, and brochures; funding additional workshops; adding more native species; renovating existing structures for use in Preserve programming. This particular project is aimed at increasing accessibility to our facilities and to the trail system. Finishing a climate controlled, handicap accessible classroom in one of the barns is a priority. Installation of ramps to buildings, bridges over difficult terrain features, and renovation of the parking lot would allow more of our community members to enjoy the Preserve’s space and participate in workshops.
FAO staff comments.
The benefits of nature on health have been well-documented and ensuring that all members of our community have access to the trails and greenspaces that are Appalachian Ohio’s hallmark is essential to building healthy and inclusive communities.