Due to the Coronavirus we will be unable to host the Ohio Outdoor and Wildlife Expo this year. We are planning on hosting it again next year on April 3rd. We will keep you posted.








Take a walk on the wild side at the Ohio Outdoor and Wildlife Expo and learn about exciting ways to experience Ohio’s great outdoors!

Hosted by Erie Basin Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D), the expo is being held at Castaway Bay on April 4th, 2020. It will run from 10 AM until 5 PM.

There will be educational presentations throughout the day for all ages. Speakers include the Columbus Zoo, Ironwood Wolves, and Back to the Wild. The speakers will be bringing their Ohio wildlife ambassadors including mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians.

At this year’s event there will be more Ohio animals and more fun educational activities. Activities will include indoor archery & air riffle ranges, Fishing Game, Duck Pond, sail boat simulator, and the 6-foot animatronic singing earth worm. These and others will help teach concepts like habitat, predator prey relationships, and wildlife diversity.  

Join our Ohio wildlife safari where you will learn fun facts about Ohio animals while searching for the ones on your check off list and visiting with our many vendors.

Explore the many exciting outdoor recreational opportunities that are available in North Central Ohio.

Proceeds from the expo will be used to help support the Ohio Wildlife Project. This project provides funds to improve wildlife habitat, public land accessibility, and wildlife education.  

The Expo is made possible through the generous donations of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Lake Erie Shores and Islands, Fin Feather Fur Outfitters, Bass Pro Shop, and the Sandusky Walmart.

Castaway Bay is providing a limited number of rooms available at a discounted rate on April 3rd and 4th for those attending the Expo. Use the group code OHIO04 to receive the discount.

See you at the Expo! For more information contact us at buckeyewildlife@gmail.com  or visit us at OHwildlife.org.


Back to the Wild

Back to the Wild is a licensed wildlife rehabilitation and education center in Northwest Ohio. Every year, they rescue an average of 2,500 animals affected by human carelessness and development. Their goal is always to release these amazing animals back into their native habitats, those who are too disabled to get to be free again become ambassadors and help to teach about wildlife and conservation. ​
This year at the Ohio Outdoor and Wildlife Expo Back to the Wilds ambassadors and educators will be teaching about how we can better care for our planet and native wildlife. Come and see their program that will run from 10:00 to 12:00 on April 4th at Castaway Bay.

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

The Ohio Outdoor and Wildlife Expo is excited to have visitors from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium’s Animal Programs Department join us for this year’s event.  The Animal Programs department was started in 1985 to assist up and coming star Jack Hanna.  Today this team travels the country and the state of Ohio connecting people to wildlife.  It is their hope that these up close and hands on interactions will encourage people to protect the many amazing creatures that roam this earth.
Their animal ambassadors will vary from scaled to furry and feathered to fuzzy.  Animals are chosen the day of the event based on their health and personalized needs. Come and enjoy the Columbus Zoos program on Saturday, April 4th at 1:00 pm at Castaway Bay in Sandusky Ohio.

Erie MetroParks

Cheryl Kilmer, a naturalist with the Erie MetroParks for the past 5 years and has a degree in Wildlife Management from the University of Rio Grande. She loves to learn about nature and teach others! She will be talking about Backyard Conservation Gardening for Pollinators and Backyard Bird Feeding at the Ohio Outdoor and Wildlife Expo this year at 2:00 PM. In addition to speaking, she will be a vendor at the event bringing: Salamanders, toad, Kayak simulator, and Park information. Make sure to stop at her booth between 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM Saturday, April 4th to learn more.

Ironwood Wolves

Ironwood Wolves is a small, USDA licensed educational facility that is currently home to four ambassador wolves and three red foxes outside of the Columbus, Ohio area. Working alongside their ambassador animal partners, presenters educate the public about wild canids found in North America and the importance they hold in the ecosystem while tackling the myths associated with these fascinating creatures.
They teach through positive experiences with their animals in educational lectures. Come enjoy their presentation at the Ohio Outdoor and Wildlife Expo on Saturday April 4th at 1:00PM at Castaway Bay in Sandusky Ohio.

Stone Lab / Sea Grant

Presenter: Sue Bixler, Education and Outreach Associate with the Ohio State University’s Stone Laboratory with assistance from Sarah Orlando with Ohio Sea Grant will be presenting information on Lake Erie Wildlife Live: Snakes at the Lake!
Probably no animal on earth has suffered more from human misunderstanding and superstition than the snake. We invite you to come and learn about the snakes local to our Lake Erie ecosystem and get up close and personal with some of OSU Stone Laboratory’s captive colony. They will be speaking at the Ohio Outdoor and Wildlife Expo on Saturday, April 4th at 2:00 PM at Castaway Bay in Sandusky Ohio.