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McElroy Environmental Education Center

The McElroy Environmental Education Center (MEEC)  is located at 2355 Ada Road, Lima and is named after our first Chief Ranger of the Park District, Nature McElroy Jr. who served faithfully in that capacity for six years.  Nate was a genuine person who had a love for children.  He would take the time to stop and talk to kids about life and the natural world.  He passed away after a courageous battle with cancer in 1987.

His legacy still lives on today through the MEEC with nature based programming ranging from preschool to older adults.  Topic range from wildlife (birds, mammals, insects, etc.) to plants (trees, shrubs, grasses, etc.) it is amazing to see the sparkle in a child’s eye once they have completed a program in this wonderful setting.
McElroy Center



2355 Ada Road, Lima, Ohio in Bath Township, east of Lima on st. Rt. 81, ½ mile east of I-75.


  • Environmental education classroom
  • Nature Library