The natural heritage of Ohio greatly influenced human prehistoric and historic development, each of which, in turn, has affected our current natural heritage. As we learn more about our state's natural history we develop better understandings our present environment. Despite major changes, - some quite drastic - Ohioans still enjoy a rich natural heritage. The knowledge we acquire from studying the past can guide us to preserve or even improve Ohio's natural heritage for our children and grandchildren.
The natural history section covers many topics including fossils over 500 million years old, geographic features created by glaciers over a mile thick, minerals that have fueled major industries, wildlife that has provided both sustenance and enjoyment for generations of humans, and much more. Use the search box or menu above to learn more about Ohio's natural history.