NPS: Gott Fen

Portage County

Rick Gardner, ODNR Division of Natural Areas & Preserves Botanist, and Adam Wohlover, Preserve Manager, lead the trip to this state nature preserve to see the Showy Lady's Slipper Orchid and the results of our Society's stewardship day last fall (cutting the invasive European Buckthorn).  Normally closed to the public, this site does not have a trail system and visitors are asked to prepare for wet walking by wearing appropriate footwear (knee-high boots are recommended) for wet conditions. 

One of the finest boreal fens in the state, Gott Fen harbors more than 20 state-listed species, including the largest population of Showy Lady's Slipper in the state.  Other rarities include Round-leaved Sundew, Grass-of-Parnassus, Shrubby Cinquefoil, and Northern Bayberry.  Please Note:  Some Poison Sumac occurs on the property.

Directions:   Take Rt. 43 South through Streetsboro to Rt. 303.  Turn Right (heading West).  Park at the North end of the Target parking lot.  We will carpool to the site.

Registration is required and limited due to the fragile habitat.  Call Judy at 440.564.9151 to register.