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Updated on 01/27/2021
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.
In response to the Jan. 20, 2021, Executive Order on Protecting the Federal Workforce and Requiring Mask-Wearing, all visitors to our outdoor areas — including trails, gardens, and parking areas — are required to wear a mask when they’re 6 feet or closer to anyone not in their immediate group.
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.
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The Fernald Preserve Visitor Center commemorates the rich and varied history of the Fernald Preserve, Ohio, Site. The Visitor Center offers a series of exhibits focused on the Cold War uranium metals production industry, the subsequent environmental cleanup, and today's ongoing legacy management. The site's uranium production and environmental cleanup eras are placed within a broad historical perspective, acknowledging geologic history and the indigenous American Indians and Euro-American settlers who lived on the land.
Admission to the Visitors Center is free, and meeting spaces at the facility are available free of charge for noncommercial use by organized groups. The Visitor Center is a 10,000-square-foot. platinum-certified U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED-certified) facility.
To learn more about the Fernald Preserve go to the site webpage, where you will find general site information, community updates, regulatory documents, remediation history, the Comprehensive Environment al Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) Administrative Record, and other site related links.