The Rieck Center for Habitat Studies began as a beautiful gift. In 1972, approximately fifty-four acres of diverse habitat was graciously given to the Hancock County Humane Society by Anne Rieck. For over twenty years the facility served as a shelter to homeless animals. When the latest animal shelter was built in the city of Findlay, the Humane Society, in cooperation with The University of Findlay, developed a new focus for the unique fifty-four acres of habitat. In June 1992 it started with a new name, The Rieck Center for Habitat Studies. In 2007, the Humane Society sold the property to The University of Findlay, which continues to manage the property for education and research. The public is invited to visit the facility through membership with Friends of the Rieck Center.
What we have grown is a program that focuses to offer the community and university students environmental education. The Rieck Center also provides peaceful scenery for leisurely activities and hobbies like hiking, bird watching, and fishing. For the more serious naturalist, the local setting cultivates a wide range of native flora and fauna to study. The range of natural habitats available offers individuals hands-on experiences and the possibility for innovative use.
With continuous help from volunteers, students, community members, and the faculty of the University of Findlay, the Rieck Center for Habitat Studies is a productive and rewarding institution for learning and conservation of nature. We all work together to ensure the Rieck Center stays a facility where diversity of habitats and wildlife can be studied, observed, and enjoyed. As a team we design programs for hands-on learning experiences, and implement eco-projects to enhance wildlife habitats in Hancock County.