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Updated on June 25, 2021 

The Fernald Preserve Visitors Center remains closed to the public. During this unprecedented COVID-19 crisis, the health and safety of our employees and communities are our highest concerns. To ensure social distancing and comply with direction that non-essential activities be limited, the visitors center will remain closed until further notice.

We will continue to update our communications, if anything changes in the status for our visitors center, and we look forward to the time when we can safely welcome our visitors back inside.

In the meantime, we welcome you to enjoy the available outdoor spaces, trails and online activities.

At Fernald Preserve we encourage you to explore the 7-mile network of trails meandering through the wetland, prairie, and forest landscape. Several overlooks, and a boardwalk are open to visitors. The portable toilet in the visitors center parking lot is available for public use and continues to be cleaned daily.

We ask that guests follow the social distancing guidance, provided by the Ohio Department of Health and Hamilton County Public Health.

Stay safe!
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Fernald Preserve, Ohio, Site map.

Remediation at the Fernald Preserve was conducted in accordance with Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) regulations. The site transferred to the Office of Legacy Management in 2006 and requires operation and maintenance of remedial action systems, environmental monitoring, routine inspection and maintenance, records-related activities, and stakeholder support. For more information about the Fernald Preserve site, view the fact sheet.

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Video courtesy of the Department of Energy Office of Legacy Management


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The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Legacy Management’s Fernald Preserve, Ohio, Site is a regional destination for birdwatching, wildlife spotting, and hiking. But do you know the site’s history as a uranium metals production site? To learn more about its incredible story, watch the video and take a virtual tour of the Fernald Preserve.

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Enjoy this compilation of remote camera video clips taken in the ecologically restored habitats at LM’s Fernald Preserve, Ohio, Site. Here is a key to the wildlife shown in the video. For more information on wildlife in your neighborhood, visit your state’s wildlife and/or conservation department website.

Video courtesy of the Department of Energy Office of Legacy Management
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Time-lapse Video - Wastewater Treatment Optimization Project, September 2016 through January 2017 (with audio descriptions)

Video courtesy of the Department of Energy

Site Documents

Updates and improvements are coming to the LM ‘Site Documents’ pages. Look for increased accessibility, relativity, and resource information in the near future. Please let us know if you experience any difficulties in locating or accessing documents as we implement these improvements. We welcome your feedback. [ LM@hq.doe.gov ]

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Fernald Preserve, Ohio, Visitors Center

The Fernald Preserve Visitors Center is a 10,000-square-foot, platinum-certified U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design facility that celebrates the rich and varied history of the Fernald site. A series of exhibits place the site’s uranium production and environmental cleanup eras into a broad historical perspective, acknowledging Native American occupation, European settlement, agricultural production, ecological restoration and today’s legacy management mission.

Contact Us

Business Office and Mailing Address
U.S. Department of Energy
Office of Legacy Management
10995 Hamilton-Cleves Hwy.
Harrison, Ohio 45030

Phone: (513) 648-6000

Visitors Center Address
Fernald Preserve Visitors Center
7400 Willey Road
Hamilton, OH 45013

Open Wednesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Phone: (513) 648-3330
Email: fernald@LM.doe.gov