Metzger Nature Center Milestone

Metzger Center 25th Anniversary

The Ohio Northern University Metzger Nature Center celebrated its 25th anniversary in September. ONU alumni and guests toured the grounds and participate in a number of family-friendly outdoor activities led by ONU students.

The Metzger Nature Center and Bolon Hall, which is located at the center, were given to Ohio Northern University by the Hillier Family Foundation as a result of the charitable trust of the late Henry L. Metzger, BSEd ’41, Hon. D. ’94, who graduated from ONU with a Bachelor of Science in education in 1941, and Geraldine Metzger, who owned the farm property where the center is located. Because of a tremendous act of generosity, students have had the opportunity to learn new things in exciting new ways.

The nature center is located 160 miles east of Ada on a 70-acre farm in the hills of Ohio’s Amish country near Ragersville and Stone Creek in Tuscarawas County. It includes a century-old farmhouse, natural springs and streams, dissected sandstone gulleys, mixed mesophytic forests, and fields.