Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Research Reserve

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Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Research Reserve

We welcome Girl Scouts of all ages to Old Woman Creek on the South-central shore of Lake Erie in Huron, Ohio! Call or e-mail to schedule a program for your troop; we can provide opportunities to meet badge requirements, journeys, or just have a fun and engaging exploration of our natural areas.
Old Woman Creek offers guided paddle tours for those 10 years of age and older, guided habitat hikes, watershed explorations, wetland demonstrations, and animal encounters. We also have supplies for nature crafts, kits for animal furs and skulls, rocks and soils, and more!
Old Woman Creek is one of Ohio’s few remaining examples of a natural estuary. 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.
Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) is managed as a cooperative partnership between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and ODNR. Old Woman Creek NERR is managed by the ODNR Office of Coastal Management; it is also a dedicated State Nature Preserve, managed by the ODNR Division of Natural Areas and Preserves.

We offer in-person education but can accommodate distance learning as needed. All programming at Old Woman Creek is free. Our staff can accommodate evening and weekend programming upon request and availability of staff, equipment, and facilities.

  • Visitor Center
    2514 Cleveland Rd E
    Huron, Ohio
  • Beach Access
    2005 Cleveland Rd E
    Huron, Ohio

*The Visitor Center has a parking lot as well as the beach access. There is no cost for parking.

Please Contact:

  • Giovanna Reising, Naturalist, (419) 433-4601, giovanna.reising@dnr.ohio.gov OR
  • Jennifer Bucheit, Education Coordinator, (419) 433-4601, jennifer.bucheit@dnr.ohio.gov

Girl Scouts should be accompanied by their Troop Leader and any volunteers. Depending on the requested program, Girl Scouts should dress appropriately for the conditions.

We will provide equipment and supplies for all scheduled events. Troop leaders are welcome to arrange for snacks/beverages. We have water bottle fountains at the Visitor Center for refillable water bottles.

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