Susan Hambley Nature Center at Brunswick Lake

1473 Parschen Boulevard
Brunswick, Ohio 44212
Next to The Winking Lizard
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All-Purpose Trail (1 mile)  
Nature Trail (.5 mile – natural)  
65.36 acres managed
13.2 acre lake

GPS Coordinates
North: N 41 14’ 11.050
West: W 081 48’ 57.504

Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m.

Holidays: The nature center is closed on these dates if they occur on a Saturday or Sunday: Easter, 4th of July, Christmas, and New Year's Day.

Susan Hambley Nature Center cannot be reserved for private events.indoor birding area remodeled

Nestled in the trees at Brunswick Lake, Susan Hambley Nature Center is operated by the park district in partnership with the city of Brunswick. Built in 2008, the facility was funded with a grant from the State of Ohio and is named in memory Brunswick Resident and Councilwoman Susan Hambley. During her lifetime, Susan was an inspiration to all as she battled Muscular Dystrophy while remaining active in community affairs.

Brunswick Lake City Park totals over 79 acres including the 13.2-acre lake. The nature center is located in a portion of the property that was spared from development over the years. As a result, there is an impressive stand of beech, maple, oak, and ash trees, some of which are over 200 years old. Visitors can explore the wooded area on a one-half mile nature trail that was created with the help of the Brunswick High School track and cross-country teams. The trail winds through the forest passing near wetlands. Turtles, frogs, wood ducks, and mink inhabit the area. In the spring, a broad array of wild flowers can be found at the site.

Park district naturalists operate the facility and provide numerous program opportunities throughout the year. The park district also endeavors to provide a number of interesting things to see and do on a regular basis inside the center. Stop in to see a variety of live native Ohio animals; relax and read a book in the library; make a craft in the kid’s area; or sit and watch the squirrels, deer, and assortment of birds that regularly visit the feeders.

Brunswick Lake Trail

The park district partnered with the city of Brunswick to complete the Brunswick Lake Trail project. Two extensive wooden boardwalks carry the trail through wetland and floodplain areas. The trail circles Brunswick Lake and gives the neighborhoods south of the lake access to shopping areas, the library, and recreation center via the trail. The one-mile trail provides local residents an opportunity to walk, ride bicycles, and enjoy the Brunswick Lake Park area.

Susan Hambley Nature Center at Brunswick Lake Activities/Amenities