Frequently Asked Questions

The GIAC opened in August of 2009 after seven years of development.  

Audubon

Fishing is allowed at the boat dock and along the river proper where there are trash cans and picnic tables.  Fishing is not permitted in GIAC wetlands.

198, each species has been identified in the IBA at least two - three times. 

Yes.  It is a bio-degradable salt.

Only outside.

The paved bike path, located between the Center and the river continues south to the boat ramp and north, underneath the interstate and continuing to downtown and on to Worthington.

Ohio Buckeye (Aesculus glabra) is found throughout the Ohio River Valley, west into Missouri and Arkansas.  Yellow Buckeye (Aesculus octandra) is found in southern Ohio, south through eastern Kentucky into the Smokey Mountains.

Turn right on Front Street and then right on Greenlawn Avenue.  Continue over the bridge and under I-71.  Continue straight at Harmon Road intersection.

Consult the living field guide hanging from the ceiling, which is color coded so that you can see what birds you might during that time of year. Another resource is  the spiral bound booklet on the rectangle display on the pole inside the front door.

Color Guide

Blue – Winter

Green - Year round

Gold - Summer

Orange/Rust - Spring/Fall

No.  The impound lot has moved.  The new location is on a posted sign at the old building or at Whittier and High St. (2700 Impound Lot, Columbus, Ohio 43207)

Yes, is available from Rose Products/Hilliard Company.

This is a rain chain.  The chains were found in the ground when the site was being remediated. The chain functions as a conduit for water as it runs down from the gutter to the large collection cistern.

Yes, they are $250.  Contact David Chew for more information. dchew@audubon.org.

Middle of the entrance sidewalk near the parking lot.

Yes, we do. Please check with the front desk if you need the code.

The Center runs efficiently and smoothly thanks to the dedicated efforts of volunteers.  If you would like to volunteer contact Volunteer Coordinator Suzan Jervey at 614-545-5483, sjervey@audubon.org.

That privilege is reserved for staff and ongoing volunteers.  Visitors are encouraged to use the library during their visit to the Center.

Yes, we do.  Conservation Classroom is a program in partnership with Columbus City School where the students come for multiple visits. We also do single day visits for any school interested in a field trip.  If you are a teacher or parent interested in arranging school programming, please contact Suzan Jervey at 614-545-5483, sjervey@audubon.org.

Yes, you can.  Please contact Mass Appeal, Sarah Selhorst at 614-985-2215, sarah@massappealdining.com. A list of approved caterers is available.  The center is available for various events; e.g., school groups, scout troops, business meetings, birthday parties, weddings, receptions, showers, etc. 

Closed on Mondays


April – September Hours

Tuesday – Friday 10am – 6pm,

Saturday 9am – 3pm & Sunday 12pm – 5pm 

 

October – March  Hours

Tuesday – Friday 10am-5pm

Saturday 10am – 3pm & Sunday 12pm – 5pm. 

No, we are not directly affiliated with Grange Insurance.  Grange’s generous donation toward our Capital Campaign was rewarded with naming rights of the building.  The Grange Insurance building is located on the corner of High Street and Sycamore.  Their phone number is (614) 445-2900.

Columbus Recreation and Parks has now moved to 1111 East Broad Street, 654-3300.

 

This is an Audubon Nature Center, one of many throughout the United States but one of only a few located in downtown urban environments.  GIAC is the result of a partnership between the National Audubon Society, Franklin County Metro Parks, and City of Columbus.  Columbus Audubon also played an active role in encouraging the parties to develop an Audubon Center on the site.

Visitors are welcome to travel throughout the Scioto Audubon Metro Park which will include playground equipment, climbing wall, dogpark, 2 volleyball courts, kickball field,  ball fields, agility course, picnic shelters, and sledding hill.  The climbing wall is the tallest outdoor climbing wall in the Midwest.

Also, visitors can enjoy the river overlook just behind the Center, on the Scioto Bike Path.  The wetland area below the Center to the north is a great place to view wildlife including frogs, turtles, dragonflies, etc.

 

The bathrooms are located past gift shop.  Walk past gift shop, turn right, look to the left. 

Design Group - Architect,   Gutneckt - Contractor

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