Nature Center names ecologist to spearhead new conservation center

Cory Christopher will lead land and wildlife stewardship in several locations.

Cory Christopher will lead land and wildlife stewardship in several locations.

Big changes are coming to the Cincinnati Nature Center.

Plans call for the Center for Conservation & Stewardship to be housed in the former Groesbeck home at the Nature Center, which is being renovated for a spring opening. Cory Christopher will be its director.

“My dream is to help create a culture of collaborative conservation and thoughtful stewardship of wildlife and wild places across the Cincinnati region,” said Christopher.

He will oversee conservation staff to manage Nature Center lands, direct scientific research, coordinate regional conservation initiatives, including Milkweed to Monarchs, collaborate with local organizations and agencies to provide engaging programs for all audiences, and work to preserve and protect greenspace in Southwest Ohio.

The Groesbeck estate’s rebirth and the launch of the Center for Conservation & Stewardship marks a pivotal time in the Nature Center’s development toward providing a leading regional approach to land conservation and stewardship.

The center will focus on objectives in five key areas:  

  • Enhancing Nature Center lands as a model native ecosystem.
  • Increasing conservation efforts in the region.
  • Educating about benefits and methods of conservation.
  • Carrying out research on the local ecosystem.
  • Protecting greenspace in the region.

Cincinnati Nature Center preserves more than 1,600 acres of protected and managed forests, grasslands, ponds and streams for the purpose of visitor experience and education. With 20 miles of award-winning trails on two picturesque properties in Milford and Goshen, the Nature Center provides spectacular experiences for people of all ages in all seasons.

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