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

Tom Crist, Professor and Chair, Department of Biology (Chair)

Michelle Boone, Associate Professor of Biology

Amanda Bentley Brymer, Curator of Silvoor Biological Sanctuary

Hardy Eshbaugh, Professor Emeritus

Melany Fisk, Professor of Biology

Sam Fitton, Retired Biologist, Bureau of Land Management, and alumnus (Vice Chair)

David Gorchov, Professor of Biology

Jack Keegan, Greenhouse Manager

Jim Reid, Field Manager of the Natural Areas System

Ann Rypstra, Professor of Biology and Director of Ecology Research Center

John Seibert, Director of Planning, Architecture and Engineering

Steve Sullivan, Director of the Hefner Museum of Natural History

Holly Wissing, Co-Curator of Butterfly Gardens