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Ohio Environmental Council's New Guide to the Animals and Plants of Vernal Pools!!!

Map of the Ravines of Central Ohio
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National Wildlife Federation Backyard Habitat Web Page

Click here to see a fascinating Youtube video of
the recent Glen Echo Flooding!

Have you seen someone dumping waste or hazardous materials illegally? Call Nail-a-Dumper or 614-871-5322 or visit

Results of the 2014 Ravine Art Contest!
Click here for a complete list of Winners.

Here are a few of this year's amazing entries:

4th Annual Contest Entry: "Red-Headed Woodpeckers" by Kenya Murph of Champion Middle School (Grade 8)

4th Annual Contest Entry: "Hawk"  by Madeline Van Winkle of Columbus Alternative
High School (Grade 12). Her favorite ravine is Bill Moose.

4th Annual Contest Entry: "In the Park" by Devonney McGuire of Marion Franklin High School (Grade 11).


Past Announcements:

The Fall/Winter 2013-14 issue of
Ravinia is now available here!!!

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The Friends of the Ravines 2012 Annual Report is now available here!!!

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Friends of the Ravines is pleased to announce the winners of our
3rd Annual Art Contest - Click here to find out the exciting details!

On May 7th, 2011, Friends of the Ravine's Annual Plant Walk was held at the Edward S. Thomas Nature Preserve at Sharon Woods Metro Park in Westerville.  This event was co-sponsored by the Friends of Alum Creek and Tributaries (FACT).  Participants were led through an off trail exploration of spring ephemerals and natural history of the Spring Creek ravine.  Led by Metro Park staff Allison Shaw and Carrie Morrow, the highlight of the walk was the patch of showy orchis and meeting researcher Chia-Hua Lin as she discussed her study of Squirrel Corn.  FOR hosts a plant walk every year in locations around Columbus, Ohio.  Next year we will explore ravines of the Big Darby Creek!

                                                                                  Photos courtesy of Sherrill Massey

Check out a summary of our first annual ravine art contest! (Click Here)

Check out these photos, courtesy of Sherrill Massey, from Friends of the Ravines/Friends of the Lower Olentangy "Annual Spring Plant Walk" at Camp Mary Orton, led by Dr. Robert Klips on Sunday, April 25th 2010!

Community Care Day September 15th - A Great Success!!!

The Friends of the Ravines (FOR) collaborated with the United Way of Central Ohio and the City of Columbus for a Community Care Day cleanup of Glen Echo Park. The Glen Echo ravine is one of a number of ravines throughout Central Ohio.

Partners who lent invaluable support include:

  • Volunteers from the Affinion Group, an information technology company with offices in Dublin, cleared trees and brush, walked the stream and cleared trash, painted graffiti, cleaned the rest of the park, and completed other tasks.
  • Giant Eagle at 2801 N. High Street was extremely generous, donating water, fruit and ice.
  • FOR also received generous donations from our local Target (Graceland) and Kroger (2801 N. High St.) stores.
  • Keep Columbus Beautiful loaned all needed tools.
  • Columbus Recreation & Parks provided the paint for graffiti removal.
  • Neighborhood volunteers organized and participated in the day.
Read more about FOR's Community Care Day and see pictures here.

The Ohio EPA Division of Surface Water has launched a new web page, the Surface Water Restoration and Protection (SRP) Clearinghouse. According to Ohio EPA, this clearinghouse was developed as a means to connect comeone "who has" a resource restoration, protection, or enhancement project available for implementation with someone "who is interested" in implementing such a project. Submitting a potential project nomination is completely voluntary, and project nominations can be withdrawn at any time.

Also, check out the exciting work being done by one of our sister organizations, the Adena Brook Community!

Hayden Run  Hayden Run Waterfall Ravine is a beautiful example of  a limestone ravine located along the Scioto River near Dublin. The ravine has been protected as part of the City of Columbus' "Griggs Nature Preserve." The park is publicly accessible with a new boardwalk and includes two spectacular overlooks at the top of the massive cliffs. Several representative limestone outcrop plants can be observed, including Blue Ash and the Smooth Cliffbrake Fern.

Photos from Hayden Run Waterfall Ravine photo1   photo2

To become a supporting member of Friends of the Ravines, simply fill out the attached form and mail it back to us. Access the Membership Form


The Guide to Protecting Urban Ravines is a resource to help property owners protect and maintain ravine property. Have a question about caring for a ravine? Consult the Guide Online. Copies are also available through area public libraries.