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MSJ Nature Preserve

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Get directions to Mount St. John.

The nature preserve was dedicated a State Natural Landmark in 1988.  Staff and volunteers maintain 1.2 miles of nature trails that provide access to the prairie, woodlands and wetlands for residents and guests of Mount St. John. 

Please keep the following in mind if you visit the property:

  • While you are enjoying the preserve, please do not leave the trails.  Note that the trail affords visitors a view of the prairie and pond, but there are no trails through the prairie.

  • Pets are allowed, but must remain on a leash at all times. 

  • Please remember that MSJ is a private, residential community.  Help us maintain the quiet, contemplative character of the property.

Natural History Links
All About Birds - the Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Butterflies and Skippers of North America - the National Wildlife Federation's Online Field Guides
Tom Volk's Fungi Pages
Gallery of Myxomycetes (Slime Molds)
Lichens of North America
Virtual Reality Moon Phases
Mosses and Liverworts to Know in the Field
Spiders in Ohio
Astronomy Event Calendar
Ohio's Trees
USDA Plants Database
Virtual Chelonian Field Guide (Turtles)
The Tree of Life
Butterflies and Moths of North America
Amphibian Identification Guide
Rare Native Ohio Plants
Your Sky Interactive Planetarium
Invasive Plants of Ohio
Organisms of Northern Virginia (A great set of pages, most of which are applicable to Ohio)


The Catholic Climate Covenant is providing materials for parishes and faith communities to host educational and reflective gatherings on Pope Francis' environmental encyclical Laudato Si.  Contact MEEC to host an event for your group.

Upcoming events

Our Winter Wisdom retreat, Beauty and Resilience, is February 13. 

Gardening with Native Plants at St. Monica St. George Parish in Cincinnati on February 20.

Click here for more information and complete calendar of events.

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