Ford Nature Center is currently CLOSED. The closure is due to the Ford Nature Center Redevelopment Project. In total, the project is expected to take up to 24 months to complete with an anticipated reopening in 2022.
We welcome you to view the project progress below in the photo gallery.

Address & Phone

Ford Nature Center
840 Old Furnace Rd.
Youngstown, OH 44511



Tuesday – Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm
Mondays & Observed Holidays – Closed

Observed Holidays: Martin Luther King Day, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Juneteenth, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, and New Year’s Day

Ford Nature Center

Tucked away in the northern part of Mill Creek Park stands a handsome stone mansion donated to the Park in 1968 by the children of the late Judge John W. Ford. The Ford Nature Center opened to the public in 1972 as the headquarters for the Park’s nature education programs.

The naturalist staff at the Ford Nature Center offers a variety of programming throughout the year including hikes, school programs, workshops, and special events.

Display areas at the Ford Nature Center include the Habitat Room which depicts plants and animals of four local habitats, the Discovery Room where children can use their senses to learn about the natural world, and a Live Animal Room with turtles, snakes, and other animals native to northeast Ohio.

The Ford Nature Center also houses the Vickers Memorial Library, and a bird observation area. The grounds include wildlife gardens and walking trails. Visitors can enjoy a leisurely stroll on the Virginia J. Axtmann Nature Trail For All People, a barrier-free trail with interpretive signs. To make arrangements for group tours and school programs please call 330.533.7572. To learn more about or register for our public program offerings, please call 330.740.7116.

Renovation Progress