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Nature Realm Visitors Center

At the guidance of public health authorities, the Visitors Center is currently closed to the public. Park areas and trails remain open.

Building Hours:

10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday
12 to 5 p.m. Sunday

F.A. Seiberling Nature Realm is located at 1828 Smith Rd., Akron. The visitors center is closed most Mondays, but may be open select Monday holidays. Visit our Alerts page.

The 10,000-square-foot visitors center includes:

  • Seasonal exhibits
  • Kids’ areas
  • Live native animals
  • Naturalist-on-duty to help answer your nature and wildlife questions
  • A gift shop featuring SMP branded gear and nature enjoyment gifts
The grounds showcase a suspension bridge over a 45-foot-deep ravine, several gardens, plant identification, observation decks, two ponds, wetlands, hiking trails and a tall-grass prairie. Dogs are not permitted, since this park is a special-use area that has been set aside for the study and enjoyment of nature, including the hand-feeding of chickadees.