Gallery - Nature of Ohio

This tour focuses on Ohio's natural history - the plants, animals, geology, geography and climate that make Ohio such a unique place. The tour starts and ends at the Conway mastodon.

Locations for Tour

The Conway Mastodon is one of the most well-known artifacts at the Ohio History Connection.

David Dyer, Curator of Natural History, talks about the giant, Ice Age beavers that once roamed Ohio.

While many people think of fossils as animal bones, prehistoric plants were also fossilized.

While often confused with the wooly mammoth, mastodons were distinct species with several key differences.

A very large example of Ohio's state fossil, the trilobite, is on display.

Layers of rock on display provided clues to Ohio's past as an ancient seabed and explain why dinosaur fossils are not found in the state.

Minerals from across the state are on display here, and include examples that range from beautiful and exotic to useful and plain.

While many animals have become extinct inside Ohio's boundaries, some animals have actually expanded their range and can now be found in Ohio.

At one time, all of these animals were extinct from Ohio. Recently, however, several have made a comeback and can be found in the Buckeye State once again.

David Dyer, Curator of Natural History, discusses the history of two great Ohio carnivores - the wolf and the mountain lion.

Animals displayed in this case are either considered endangered or at risk and are afforded protections to prevent further decline.

Some animals once prevalent in Ohio have gone extinct, and these specimens stand as a testament to their presence in our state's natural history.