Molnar Audubon Sanctuary

Tips for Birding

The parking at the sanctuary is difficult to find and often muddy. It is better to park at the Tails ‘n’ Trails Dog Park across the street. While there are no restrooms at the sanctuary, there are heated restrooms at the Sunny Lake boathouse off Mennonite Road.

About this Location

The 113-acre Michael and Lenore Molnar Sanctuary, named for the couple who donated it to the Greater Cleveland Audubon Society in 2000, is located on Page Road in Aurora. It is divided into two tracts. The northerly and larger tract is almost entirely native hardwood forest that is approaching maturity since it was last harvested in the 1920s. Its most noteworthy feature, however, is a striking 8-acre pond built by the donors in the 1950s. The pond drains into the City of Aurora’s nearby Sunny Lake and then to the Aurora Branch of the Chagrin River. There are no buildings on this part of the property except for two small storage sheds. The southern tract is an old farm property, including the foundations of farm buildings. The fields are overgrown with European Buckthorn, and it is a challenge for the Society to restore them to a more natural condition to improve their value as habitat.

Sunny Lake Park is to the east across Page Road.


  • Restrooms on site

  • Wheelchair accessible trail

  • Entrance fee

  • Roadside viewing

Content from Molnar Audubon Sanctuary webpage and Barb Philbrick