Huston-brumbaugh Nature Center
The Huston-Brumbaugh Nature Center’s Visitors Center will reopen for limited hours on Sunday and Thursday afternoons from 2-4pm beginning Sunday, July 5. Restrictions apply for entrance to the Visitors Center: face covering required, one point of entrance, two points of exit, 10 people maximum occupancy. We ask visitors to continue to be mindful of the State of Ohio’s COVID-19 orders and protocols.
The trails remain open from sunrise to sunset daily. Anyone who decides to visit is asked to follow public health guidelines available at coronavirus.ohio.gov. Additionally, visitors are expected to follow the Nature Center’s visitor guidelines published on trail maps and trail posts throughout the property to ensure a safe, courteous, and pleasant experience for visitors and wildlife. To reach the staff at the Nature Center, please call (330) 823-7487
The John T. Huston - Dr. John. D. Brumbaugh Nature Center was established thanks to a gift from Dr. John D. Brumbaugh. Dr. Brumbaugh donated the 109 acres that had been his grandfather's farm to the University of Mount Union, formerly Mount Union College, in December of 1986. The farm, located in Washington Township, Stark County, Ohio included old growth and second growth forest and a large bank barn. Dr. Brumbaugh also established a generous endowment to provide for the development of the area as a nature preserve and educational facility. The property was named The John T. Huston - Dr. John D. Brumbaugh Nature Center, in honor of both Dr. Brumbaugh and his grandfather, John Huston. It was Dr. Brumbaugh's wish that the area be used as a nature preserve for the education and enjoyment of all people and the area be developed in such a way as to lead visitors into an exploration of the outdoors.
Today the Nature Center provides support for numerous classes at The University of Mount Union, welcomes thousands of school students to environmental education programs, creates opportunities for hundreds of people to give of themselves as volunteers, and offers a place for reflection and nature study for any who choose to visit. Nearly 4 miles of trails traverse the 162-acre nature preserve. A variety of education programs and special events are offered year round. Program and event descriptions are available on the Nature Center's website.