The recently renovated Ford Nature Center in Mill Creek MetroParks serves the community’s nature education needs. The nature exhibit hall has interactive exhibits for all ages focusing on nature and wildlife found within the MetroParks. The ground level, full length glass observation area features a stunning view of the Native Wildflower Meadow and outdoor classroom. Navigate through the interactive map table in the history room to learn more about the Nature Center grounds, trail system, and other areas in the MetroParks. In the bird observation room, relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of native bird species as they feed on various feeders and nest in the multiple bird boxes located in the Wildflower Meadow.
Features throughout the grounds include a rooftop garden comprised of select plant species. Located behind the Nature Center on the roof of the Exhibit Hall, a series of planted trays were combined to create a patchwork of plant species with a wealth of function. The plants include sedges, alliums, and select bulbs that create habitat to attract pollinators such as birds, bees and insects. The plants also absorb rainwater to reduce stormwater runoff, promote health and well-being, lower ambient temperatures and conserve energy.
Axtman Trail for All People (0.1 mile; easy, paved trail) – This paved trail is designed to provide people of all abilities access to the naturally wooded areas surrounding the Ford Nature Center. Visitors can take a leisurely walk along this trail, experiencing forested habitat and the various plant species that comprise it. Educational signage is located throughout the trail.
Be sure to visit their new gift shop. Snacks and beverages are also available for purchase.
840 Old Furnace Rd., Youngstown, OH 44511
Ford Nature Center
Please check the business' website to verify hours as, they may vary due to the holidays.