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Visitor Information

The Huston-Brumbaugh Nature Center was established thanks to a gift from Dr. John D. Brumbaugh. Dr. Brumbaugh donated the 109 acres that had been his grandfather's farm to Mount Union in December 1986. The farm included old growth and second growth forest and a large bank barn. Dr. Brumbaugh also established a generous endowment to provide for the development of the area as a nature preserve and educational facility. The property was named The John T. Huston - Dr. John D. Brumbaugh Nature Center, in honor of both Dr. Brumbaugh and his grandfather, John T. Huston.

It was Dr. Brumbaugh's wish that the area be used as a nature preserve for the education and enjoyment of all people and the area be developed in such a way as to lead visitors into an exploration of the outside environment. Today, the John T. Huston - Dr. John D. Brumbaugh Nature Center provides support for numerous classes at the University of Mount Union, welcomes thousands of school students to environmental education programs, creates opportunities for hundreds of people to serve as volunteers, and offers a place for reflection and nature study for any who choose to visit.


November through March: 

  • Tuesday through Friday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Sunday: 1 - 5 p.m.
  • Closed: Monday and Saturday

April through October:

  • Tuesday through Friday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: 1 - 5 p.m.
  • Closed: Monday

The Nature Center Trails are open for hiking from dawn to dusk.

The Huston-Brumbaugh Nature Center provides accessibility for persons with disabilities. Handicapped-accessible features include:

  • Handicapped parking
  • Visitors Center and Bird Observatory (including restroom facilities)
  • All Persons Trail - 1/2 mile boardwalk through the woods. Highlights along this trail are the pond observation deck, barnyard with farm animals, Huston cabin and herb garden.

Additional Information

  1. Nature Center Staff

    Cali Granger, Horticulture and Facility Coordinator

    Michael Greiner, Site Manager

    Jason Smith, Director

    Bonnie Twaddle, Community Outreach Coordinator

    Lin Wu, Ecologist

    Adam Zorn, Program Manager

  2. Directions

    The Huston-Brumbaugh Nature Center is located six miles south of Mount Union's campus at: 

    16146 Daniel Street NE
    Minerva, OH 44657

    Click here for directions.

  3. Trails

    The Nature Center has approximately five miles of maintained trails for your enjoyment. They are open from dawn to dusk all year for you to explore.

    Along the trails, you will find posts marked by color and trail name to help you find your way.


    The half-mile ALL PERSONS TRAIL boardwalk provides access to nature for people of all ages and abilities. All people can move easily along the boardwalk on foot or in strollers or wheel chairs and enjoy the scenery without concern of muddy areas or roots found on most hiking trails.



    The majority of the Nature Center’s trails are natural surface trails that may have roots, rocks, mud, or loose debris under foot. Proper hiking shoes or boots are suggested to comfortably explore the trails, which lead to various areas of the property. Visitors must stay on designated trails for personal safety and protection of the surrounding habitat. Dogs must be leashed at all times and dog walkers are required to clean up after their dog.

    Download a PDF copy of the trail map to print or view on your mobile device.

  4. Rules and Safety

    We hope that you find the Nature Center a place of relaxation and beauty. You can help keep it this way by respecting the plants and animals whose live here. Be a good guest and treat this area the way you would like guests to treat your home.

    • Stay on the trails at all times. Wear appropriate footwear for wet/muddy trails or limit travel to improved surfaces.
    • Dogs must be on a leash at all times. Dog walkers must pick up their dog’s waste.
    • Supervise children at all times.
    • Have courtesy for other visitors.
    • Tobacco products and alcohol are not permitted.
    • Bicycles, horses, and motorized vehicles (except wheelchairs) are not permitted.
    • Do not pick flowers or collect plants, animals, or other materials.
    • Do not interfere with research plots, equipment, or projects.
    • Fires, grills, hunting, fishing, trapping, swimming, wading, and camping are prohibited.

    Help keep the Nature Center safe, clean, and quiet.