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Central Ohio Group Resources

Updated February 7, 2009.

This page contains links and contact information for groups in the categories listed. Feel free to scroll down through the page or click on a category below to go directly to the area you are interested in. All links to websites will open in a new window.


Environmental Organizations

Audubon Society, Columbus





Beyond Pesticides


(Formerly the National Coalition Against the Misuse of Pesticides) Information on the toxicity of pesticides and on contaminated sites.  One of the best reference sites in the nation.



Earth Force


Engages young people as active citizens to improve the environment and their communities.



Eco City Cleveland


Designing cities in balance with nature--smart growth, ecological design, good transportation choices.



Environment and Energy Daily


Provides timely, objective and comprehensive coverage of late-breaking Congressional action on environmental, energy and natural resource issues.



Environmental Research Foundation/Rachel’s Democracy and Health News


Providing understandable scientific information about human health and the environment. Includes Rachel’s Precaution Reporter and a database of organizations working on environment and health-related issues.



Nail-A-Dumper Hotline


Report littering and illegal dumping. An effective crime-detection component of the Franklin County Anti-Dumping Project.



Ohio Citizen Action


Combines original, newsmaking research, door-to-door canvasses and community campaigns to highlight environmental violations by Ohio industrial polluters and get them to be good neighbors. The Columbus office can be contacted at .



Ohio Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG)


US PIRG and the state PIRGs, founded by Ralph Nader, address environmental, consumer and democracy issues.



Rachel Carson Council


Seeks to inform and advise people and institutions about the effects of pesticides that threaten the health, welfare, and survival of living organisms and biological systems. The Council promotes alternative, environmentally benign pest management strategies to encourage healthier, sustainable living.



Right-to Know Network, The


Provides free access to numerous environmental databases. With the information available on RTK NET, you can identify specific factories and their environmental effects, and assess the people and communities affected.



Scorecard: The Pollution Information Site


Get an in-depth pollution report for your county, covering air, water, chemicals, and more.



Wild Ones, The


Wild Ones promotes biodiversity through landscaping with native plants. The Columbus Chapter holds programs or field trips on the second Saturday of each month. Visit for specific information.




Program on Corporations, Law and Democracy (POCLAD)


Analyzes how corporations gained authority to define our culture, govern our nation and plunder our resources. Works to build momentum for rethinking organizing strategies, exercising democratic authority at the local level, and stripping fundamental powers—such as free speech, personhood and due process—from corporations.




Natural Resources Conservation Service


This agency of the US Department of Agriculture provides leadership in a partnership effort to help people conserve, maintain, and improve our natural resources and environment.



Ohio EPA


The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has its Central Office at 122 S. Front St., Columbus, OH 43215. There are 5 District Offices in the state. The Central District Office, also located at the Front St. address, has jurisdiction in 10 counties—Franklin, Delaware, Morrow, Knox, Union, Pickaway, Licking, Madison, Fairfield and Fayette.



Ohio Legislature


Integrated website keeping state legislation and legislator information at your fingertips.



US Congressional Representatives


Use your zip code to find your representative’s contact information. A short paragraph is all that is necessary when writing. Federal legislators get quantities of mail large enough that most of the time they simply tabulate how many letters they get on a particular subject or legislation, pro or con. Phoning is another method that is quick, easy and gets attention. Phone calls are tabulated as well. In Central Ohio we can make local calls to these legislators. Call Rep. Deborah Pryce at 614-469-5614, Rep. Patrick Tiberi at 614-523-2555, Sen. Sherrod Brown at 216-522-7272 (Cleveland), and Sen. George Voinovich at 614-469-6697.







US Fish & Wildlife Service


An agency of the US Department of the Interior whose mission is to work with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. Ohio is in the Great Lakes-Big Rivers Region 3 at




Simply Living


A Central Ohio membership organization with 3 themes—simplifying our lives, greening the earth, and healing toward wholeness. Find out about Earth Institute Discussion Courses, Simply Listen Radio, the Greater Columbus Foodshed Project, the Peak Oil Discussion Group and other Learning Groups. Simply Living links to over 210 of the best organizations and web sites on peace, the environment, sustainability and more at



Sustainability Roundtable of Central Ohio


Our mission is to advance sustainable development in Central Ohio by acting as a resource for awareness-building, learning and collaboration among business, government, non-profits, and community groups.



Tourism and Outdoors

Americans for Our Heritage and Recreation


A broad and diverse organization representing conservationists, the recreation and sporting goods industries, park and recreation specialists, wildlife enthusiasts, advocates for urban and wilderness areas, preservationists of cultural and historic sites, land trust advocates, the youth sports community, and civic groups seeking to revitalize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and the Urban Park and Recreation Recovery Program (UPARR).



Metro Parks


The website lists Metro Parks locations and activities in the Central Ohio area.



Topo Zone


TopoZone is the center for professional and recreational topographic map users, with an interactive topo map of the entire US. Custom digital topographic data for Web, GIS, and CAD applications, shaded relief maps, high resolution aerial photography, and street maps.



Watershed Organizations

Darby Creek Association


Unites concerned citizens to preserve, protect, and restore the scenic Darby Creek ecosystem so that this and future generations may benefit from its rich diversity.



Friends of Alum Creek and Tributaries (FACT)


FACT Provides educational opportunities for learning about Alum Creek and watershed protection, and volunteer opportunities for watershed stewardship.



Friends of Big Walnut Creek and Tributaries


Advocates for the Big Walnut Creek, Blacklick Creek, and Rocky Fork Creek Watersheds from Hoover Dam in the north to the confluence of Big Walnut Creek with the Scioto River in Pickaway County.



Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed (FLOW)


FLOW’s mission is to increase public awareness of the extensive environmental, recreational, cultural and historic resources of the Lower Olentangy Watershed; and to promote responsible uses and policies for the River in Franklin and Delaware Counties.



Friends of the Ravines


Working to educate and involve the Columbus community in efforts to restore and preserve the natural ravine areas and wildlife. The stability of the ravines has been threatened by development, utility placement and uncontrolled invasive plant species.



Friends of the Scioto River


Promoting the protection and public enjoyment of the Scioto River valley in Franklin County, Ohio.



Global Rivers Environmental Education Netowrk (GREEN)


GREEN helps young people protect the rivers, streams and other vital water resources in their communities. This program merges hands-on, scientific learning with civic action. GREEN resources, including the curriculum Protecting Our Watersheds and water quality monitoring equipment, are available to educators across the country. GREEN training and support for educators is available through offices, affiliates and partners.



International Rivers Network


IRN supports local communities working to protect their rivers and watersheds. We work to halt destructive river development projects, and to encourage equitable and sustainable methods of meeting needs for water, energy and flood management.



Ohio Watershed Network


OWN provides information to community members and natural resources professionals who want to protect the resources in their watershed. OWN has a library and electronic catalog of educational resources. They have a statewide network which provides a listserv, and the website provides contact information for watershed organizations in Ohio.



Olentangy Watershed Alliance


Advocating for the Upper Olentangy River Watershed in Delaware, Marion, Morrow, and Crawford Counties. Our mission is to work in partnership with farming, urban and other local communities to understand, appreciate and responsibly use the Olentangy River, its tributaries and watershed.



River Network Online


Provides a National Directory of River and Watershed Conservation Groups, a resource library, a River Watch monitoring and assessment program, and a Clean Water Act Online Course.



Rivers Unlimited


A citizen organization created to restore, maintain and improve the 61,000 miles of rivers and streams in Ohio. Because the condition of our river waters and corridors affects our economy, our health, our environment, our quality of life, the value of our property and the sustainability of our communities, we will work with you to investigate, research, and collaborate on ways to support and care for the river in your community.



Scioto River Valley Federation


SRVF promotes public involvement and responsible management of the Upper Scioto River watershed in Franklin, Delaware, Marion, and Hardin Counties.



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