Secor Metropark Sylvania Ohio

Secor is a natural symphony of contrasts featuring tall trees, rolling sands, wet lowlands, meadows and prairies

A mini Oak Openings with virtues all its own.

Many distinguishing characteristics of this charming park include its location in the Oak Openings Region, northwest Ohio’s largest concentration of native dogwood and a restored tallgrass prairie.

The park opened in 1953, made possible from the revenue from a parking lot bequeathed by Arthur J Secor. The land had once belonged to the Jacob Wolfinger Farm, and a family cemetery is still maintained onsite. It is the only cemetery in existence in Richfield township.

In 2003, The National Center for Nature Photography opened on the site, rotating exhibits from prominent nature photographers. Additional attractions and amenities include large picnic areas, playing fields, indoor meeting rooms and picnic shelters, and wildlife feedings stations with indoor viewing areas, called Windows on Wildlife.

secor metropark

National Center for Nature Photography

It’s the only one of its kind—a national center celebrating the wonders of nature through photography. A project of Metroparks of the Toledo Area, the center is located within the 600-acre Secor, part of the rare and beautiful Oak Openings Region of northwest Ohio.

Celebrate the wonders of nature with:

  • Themed nature photography exhibits
  • Master photographer shows
  • Annual contests
  • Educational programs
  • How-to classes
  • In-the-field photography experiences

The goal of the National Center for Nature Photography is to inspire reverence for natural fauna, flora and their habitats through photography, and to promote a greater understanding and support for preservation of the natural world.

Location: Secor Metropark on Central Avenue (US20), 6 miles west of US23 / I-475.

Hours: The gallery is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and during special events and programs.

Admission: Free


Phone: (419) 407-9793

Mail Address:
10001 W. Central Ave.
Berkey, Ohio 43504



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