The Miami University Natural Areas 'are to be preserved & protected for approved uses in education, research, recreation, and observation in perpetuity' -Paul Pearson, President Miami University, 1992. 17+ miles of hiking trails. 1000 acres of varying habitat. Background illustration of a forest. 'Closes at dark' written on a sign. 'Help by removing litter' written on a sign with a bottle on the ground next to it. Fires, hunting, bicycling & camping are not permitted. Illustration of fire, crosshairs, a bicycle, and a tent. Miami University community and the public (and friendly dogs on leash) are invited to enjoy the recreational and educational benefits of the Natural Areas. Take a Hike!

Today, as we see the effects of urban sprawl growing closer to Oxford, we give thanks to the vision of President Paul Pearson, the continuing support of the Board of Trustees, the ongoing conservation efforts of the Bachelor Reserve and Other Areas Committee and the donors whose gifts made this greenbelt sanctuary a reality. 

The Bachelor Reserve and Other Natural Areas Committee

This Committee, chaired by Dr. Douglas H. Taylor, reports to the President of the University, and is responsible for oversight and management of the Natural Areas. 

Committee Members

Dr. Michelle D. Boone - Associate Professor, Biology

Amanda Bentley Brymer - Curator, Silvoor Preserve

Vinny Cirrito - Landscape Architect/Designer, Miami University

Dr. Thomas Crist – Vice Chairman, Director, Institute for Environment and Sustainability

Dr. Hardy Eshbaugh - Professor of Botany, Retired

Sam Fitton - Bureau of Land Management

Dr. David L. Gorchov - Professor Biology

John F Keegan - Green House Manager; Biology Instructor

Dr. Richard E. Lee Jr. - University Distinguished Professor, Biology

Jim Reid - Field Manager, Natural Areas

Dr. Ann Rypstra - University Distinguished Professor; /Director, Ecology Research Center

Dr. Douglas H. Taylor - Chairman, Batchelor Preserve and Other Natural Areas Committee

Mrs. Holly D. Wissing - Co-Curator - Natural Areas Butterfly Garden