Oppenheim Woods
Oppenheim Woods Oppenheim Woods © Matt Williams/TNC

Places We Protect

Indiana

Oppenheim Woods

Oppenheim Woods offers one of the most spectacular wildflower displays in the Midwest.

Why You Should Visit

Oppenheim Woods Nature Preserve is a hidden gem of a preserve.  The rolling forested hills have one of the most spectacular wildflower displays in the Midwest.  Large-flowered trillium, celandine poppy, wood phlox, and other wildflowers compete with migratory songbirds for visitor’s attention in April and May.  Come summer, lush ferns and the large trees take center stage.

Location

Kosciusko County

Ecoregion

North Central Tillplain

Size

63 Acres

Established

2010

Owned & Managed By

The Nature Conservancy

What The Nature Conservancy is Doing/has Done

The Conservancy is constantly working to protect the integrity of this forest and its natural wildlife. Invasive species are one of the biggest threats to this forest, and they oftentimes come from what’s planted in yards around the preserve.  Burning bush and purple wintercreeper are two examples of common landscaping plants that don’t stay where they are planted; birds eat the fruits and spread them far and wide.  Acres of this forest are now covered with invasive burning bush, purple wintercreeper, periwinkle, spindle tree and other invasive landscaping plants.

What to See: Plants and Animals

This mixed hardwood forest has dozens of different tree species making up the dense canopy overhead. Species like sugar maple, black cherry, and white oak are common. You can also find groves of pawpaw trees.  Pawpaw is known as the “Indiana banana” and produces the largest edible fruit of any native North American tree.  The fruit is 2”-6” long and 1”-3” wide, and is eaten straight from the tree or used in a variety of delicious recipes. The rolling forested hills have one of the most spectacular wildflower displays in the Midwest.  Large-flowered trillium, celandine poppy, wood phlox, and other wildflowers compete with migratory songbirds for visitor’s attention in April and May.

The preserve is open to the public from dawn to dusk. Please carry any trash back out with you. For more information please consult the Conservancy’s Preserves Visitation Guidelines.

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