: Extension Programs :
Trailside Museum is the welcome center to the Glen and the starting point for most organized programs. The museum features hands-on displays and exhibits that are designed for children to get an up-close experience with nature.
Onsite programs are designed to help participants learn ecological concepts and connections while having fun in nature. They combine games, trail explorations, and first-hand observations. Programs are led by one of the Glen Helen Outdoor Education Center’s experienced interpretive guides. Programs cater to smaller groups, and align with Ohio Academic Content Standards. They are geared to 3rd-6th graders, although adjustments may be made depending on the request. Each program runs between one to two and a half hours, depending on topic and age level.
While we genuinely believe the best learning experience happens in nature, we understand that not all groups can come to Glen Helen. Our programs can travel to schools, scout groups, or any other educational setting.
Glen Helen programs involve hands-on activities and are designed for specific ability levels. Programs cover a range of Ohio Academic Content Standards, and can be scheduled as a single event, part of a multi-visit curricular unit, or as a pre- or post-Outdoor School experience. Unique programs can be developed to address specific needs for a school, classroom, or group.
Afterschool and Homeschool Opportunities
Each Thursday the Extension Naturalist works out of Trailside Museum on Corry Street offering Homeschool and Afterschool sessions. For Afterschool sessions, we request a donation of $1 per student. Please click here for current registration information on Homeschool classes.
Who is the Naturalist?
Naturalists leading the Extension programs have previously completed a rigorous academic environmental education internship while leading Outdoor School programs at Glen Helen. College age or older, the Extension Naturalists are selected for their knowledge in education and their sensitivity, creativity, and enthusiasm for working with children.
Schools interested in a 2.5 or 4 day residential experience, please visit Outdoor School.