Kitty Todd Preserve is one of the finest nature preserves in the Oak Openings region of northwestern Ohio. The preserve was named in honor of Toledo conservationist and former Nature Conservancy board member, Kitty Todd. The Oak Openings region was originally characterized by a series of windblown sand dunes and wetlands that were saturated in winter and spring and extremely dry in summer. These conditions gave rise to vegetation ranging from dry sand barren and oak savanna on the raised dunes to moist sedge meadow and wet prairie in the low-lying swales.
Kitty Todd supports a number of these small sand dunes, interesting examples of the unusual geology of the Oak Openings region. Last sited at Kitty Todd before its extirpation from Ohio, the federally-endangered Karner blue butterfly was reintroduced to the preserve in 1998. The preserve with over 100 rare plants has the highest number of state listed plants in Ohio. State-listed plants include prickly-pear cactus, Cleland's evening-primrose, cross-leaved milkwort, grass-pink orchid and Skinner's foxglove. One of the state's largest populations of wild lupine occurs here. The state endangered lark sparrow nests on the preserve. The preserve is owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy.
- Open to the public Monday - Friday, 9am-5pm, and the first weekend of the month from May - October
- Stay on designated trails
- No public restrooms
1 mile of hiking trails