Ohio Department of Natural Resources A department of incredible diversity, ODNR owns and manages more than 590,000 acres of land including 74 state parks, 20 state forests, 133 state nature preserves, and 138 wildlife areas. The department also has jurisdiction over more than 120,000 acres of inland waters; 7,000 miles of streams; 481 miles of Ohio River; and 2-1/4 million acres of Lake Erie. Most activities at are free except camping, boating and hunting (permit required).
Explore the Outdoors is an exciting, free hands-on family program that gives Ohio children the opportunity to reunite with nature, improve their physical and emotional health and discover the rewards of becoming environmental stewards.
The Explore the Outdoors youth activity guide recommends a variety of outdoor activities, including spot a bird, splash in a stream or camp under the stars, which can be completed at state parks, wildlife areas, preserves and forests throughout Ohio. Families may also complete some of the activities at area events, local parks, and green spaces or even at home. Winner prizes as you enter your codes on the pages and submit them online.