Deer Haven Preserve

97 acres

Forest, forest edge, pond, meadow and wetland habitats make up this park in Liberty Township, which is Preservation Parks' primary hub for nature programs and camps. Trails skirt the meadows and wind through mature woods, offering a variety of vistas to visitors.

Deer Haven Preserve is adjacent to Liberty Township's Havener Park. The two parks share a main access driveway and walking trails are connected, providing about 3 miles of trails between the two parks. Leashed pets are allowed on the trails, except for along the Tree Swallow Trail, which is within the Bird Sanctuary.

The Deer Haven property was donated to Preservation Parks in 2006 by Phyllis A. Havener and her family. The park is home to the Amy Clark/Bader Bird Sanctuary. John W. Bader Jr. donated funds to the Park District to develop the Bird Sanctuary in his wife's honor. The park was opened to the public in 2008, and The Lodge nature center opened in 2009.

The Lodge can be rented for business meetings. It includes a classroom, kitchenette, nature library and restrooms.


  • The Lodge at Deer Haven Preserve
  • Wildlife Blind
  • Picnic Area
  • Meeting/Conference Space for Rent

Hours of Operation (effective Nov. 1, 2014)

Winter Hours: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. (November 1 - February 28)

Summer Hours: 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. (March 1 - October 31)

The Lodge Nature Center Hours: Noon-5 p.m. daily

Rules and Regulations

4183 Liberty Road
Delaware, OH 43015