Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Research Reserve is also a dedicated nature preserve and takes an active role in stewardship, working within Reserve boundaries as well as in surrounding watersheds.
As a transition zone between land and water, the site contains a variety of habitats including marshes and swamps, upland forest, open water, tributary streams, barrier beach and near-shore Lake Erie. The Reserve supports a diverse assemblage of native plants and animals representative of freshwater estuaries.
The Reserve has a 2.75-mile trail system including gravel trails and 1,960 feet of boardwalk that are maintained in partnership with the ODNR Division of Natural Areas and Preserves.
Ongoing stewardship efforts at Old Woman Creek include identifying target areas for invasive species control, promoting conservation through community engagement, and evaluating changing conditions in and around the estuary. If you are interested in becoming part of our stewardship program, please contact the Reserve Stewardship Coordinator for more information.