The Rieck Center is a 55-acre outdoor "classroom" where UF students and community members learn from diverse habitats and wildlife that populates the area.
A 55-acre living laboratory for students
The Rieck Center for Habitat Studies began as a beautiful gift. In 1972, approximately 55 acres of diverse habitat was graciously given to the Hancock County Humane Society by Anne Rieck. For more than 20 years the facility served as a shelter to homeless animals. When the latest animal shelter was built in the city of Findlay, the Humane Society, in cooperation with The University of Findlay, developed a new focus for the unique 55 acres of habitat.
In June 1992, the property received a new name, "The Rieck Center for Habitat Studies." What we have grown is a program that focuses on offering the community and university students environmental education. The Rieck Center also provides peaceful scenery for leisurely activities and hobbies like hiking, bird watching, and fishing. For the more serious naturalist, the local setting cultivates a wide range of native flora and fauna to study.
The range of natural habitats available provides the opportunity of hands-on experiences and the possibility for innovative use. With continuous help from volunteers, students, community members, and faculty of The University of Findlay, The Rieck Center for Habitat Studies is a productive and rewarding non-profit institution for learning and conservation of nature. We all work together to ensure the Rieck Center stays a facility where diversity of habitats and wildlife can be studied, observed, and enjoyed. As a team we design programs for hands-on learning experiences, and implement eco-projects to enhance wildlife habitat in Hancock County.
Directions: The Rieck Center is located on T.R. 166, Mt. Blanchard, about three miles from Findlay. Take St. Rt. 37 toward Mt. Blanchard and turn left on T.R. 166.