Russ Nature Reserve

Russ Nature Reserve offers 90 acres of mixed prairie and woodlands with a 4,000-square-foot ranch home to be renovated as a nature education center. The ten-room home will offer classrooms, program areas and a birding room.

The property was left to the park agency by the late Fritz and Dolores Russ as a legacy honoring their passion for nature and education.

Fund-raising opportunities managed by Greene Giving for the proposed nature education center are underway with the facility designed to serve families, homeschoolers, scout organizations, senior groups, 4-H clubs and more. The Russ Nature Reserve offers Greene County’s only Nature PlayScape, hiking trails, small pond, high-fence garden, tree nursery, butterfly garden, as well as a bee apiary in cooperation with Bill Starrett.

​The Lovely Nature PlayScape is a popular destination for families and visitors of all ages who enjoy the free play offered by the imaginative natural area. 

​Activities: Hiking trails through mixed prairies and woodlands, apiary, nature study, photography, bird watching, Nature PlayScape.​
GPS: N 39 45.225 W 084 01.362