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Alderfer-Oenslager Wildlife Sanctuary Loop [CLOSED]

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Alderfer-Oenslager Wildlife Sanctuary

Alderfer-Oenslager Wildlife Sanctuary Loop [CLOSED] is a 1.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Sharon Center, Ohio that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Length 1.2 mi Elevation gain 95 ft Route type Loop
Wheelchair friendly Kid friendly Stroller friendly Cross country skiing Hiking Walking Bird watching Wild flowers Wildlife Closed No dogs
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Alderfer/Oenslager Wildlife Sanctuary is the home of the park district's environmental education center. The area is named after the family that donated the original 103 acres to begin this site. The donation was made with the stipulation that the land be used for environmental education with an emphasis on programming for children. The park district acquired an additional 145 acres in 1999 to expand the area to 248 acres. A building housing classrooms, offices, and restrooms opened to the public in October of 2000. This facility provides space for park district nature programs that are conducted for school groups and the general public. A wide variety of habitats from mature forests to wetlands, meadows, and prairies offers students opportunities for nature study. The nature programs offer hands-on experiences in the study of the environment. The Wolf Creek Educational Wetlands, a project that recreated over four acres of this park's marsh ecosystem, has a boardwalk permitting visitors to travel "into" the wetland for study and wildlife viewing. A deep-water pond provides opportunities for pond study. An accessible path makes the building, wetlands, deep-water pond, and prairie areas available for people of all abilities. The center is open Tuesday - Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., closed Monday. Since Wolf Creek is a wildlife sanctuary, they are seeking to minimize disturbance to the natural communities. For that reason, pets, fishing, and picnicking are not permitted.

6100 Ridge Road Sharon Center, OH Just north of Sharon Center on State Route 94 GPS Coordinates for Wolf Creek Main Entrance North: N 41 06' 31.872 West: W 081 44' 08.172

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Evan Moser
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Lots of unmarked trails that I didn’t go on because my leg started to hurt due to injury. But I’ll be back

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Shannon Green
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We did the 2 mile blue loop, mostly walking through grass, butterflies were beautiful.

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Joel Carter
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Lacking signage in spots. Glad I had a map.

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Ian R
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This is the one mile Red Loop, south of the nature center

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Danyel OHail
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Beautiful trails. Hard to walk on due to freeze thaw and refreeze. Crampons would be helpful. Lots of beautiful winter birds and deer to see

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Russ Ring
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full map of trails here http://www.medinacountyparks.com/images/alderferoenwolfcreek.pdf

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Trish T
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Danyel OHail
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Dale Garrison
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Dale Garrison
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Dale Garrison
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Dale Garrison
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Danyel OHail
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Dusty Terrill
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THeresa Heflin
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Justin Fox
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Danyel OHail
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Cait Bourque
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