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Programs are tailored for each group.  The following is a sampling of available topics. Please indicate if you have any specific requests when scheduling your program.  Most programs can be conducted either onsite or offsite unless otherwise noted.


Amazing Animals:     

Participants discover adaptations, habitats, survival methods, and environmental needs of Ohio’s animals.  Participants have the opportunity to look, listen and feel their way through the animal kingdom and will get to meet a live animal ambassador.

What's For Lunch?

Designed for younger students, this program encourages the exploration of living things and their diets through interactive songs and stories. Students will explore what carnivores, omnivores, and herbivores may eat, and will even have the opportunity to meet a live animal ambassador.



Environmental Problem Solving:

All organisms have a place in the ecosystem, including humans. Participants use creative problem solving to learn about conservation, and make their own conservation action pledges.


Rock and Roll:

Participants explore the rock cycle and learn how rocks and fossils are formed.  Participants make plaster fossil castings.  $5.00 additional supply fee per program.



Wild Worms:

Students will assist in the creation of a classroom vermiculture bin, while learning about the life cycles of everyone's favorite squiggly decomposer- the worm! Younger students will listen to a story about a wiggling worm and investigate a worm with a hand lense. Older students have the opportunity to investigate a worm's reaction to stimuli.


Nocturnal Hike (onsite only):

Hikers learn about nocturnal animals and the specialized adaptations they use to prowl in the dark.  Look for owls and listen to the crickets.  We request one chaperone per five kids for nocturnal hikes please.

Trees! Trees! Trees! (onsite only):

Participants discover how trees grow, how to identify species, and some fascinating facts about a tree’s role in the forest ecosystem. A hike to the pine forest may be included for fourth grade and up.


Stream Study (onsite only, Spring-Fall):

Participants engage in an inquiry-driven lesson while learning about the water cycle and watersheds.  Using the scientific method, participants devise and conduct an investigation into the health of a stream, searching and categorizing macroinvertebrates.


Special Programs

Seasons of Change:

Participants take a close look at the varied ecological and physical changes that occur throughout the seasons and the unique adaptations plants and animals have employed.  Live animal ambassadors are included at each visit. This is a four-part program conducted over one school year.

Pre-or Post- Outdoor School Program:

If your class is visiting Glen Helen for residential Outdoor School, consider scheduling a classroom program as a pre- or post-trip visit. Programs feature content that your participants are exposed to during Outdoor School, and help introduce or further develop concepts all at a special lower rate.

Scouting Programs:

Is your scout group working towards a specific badge?  The Extension Naturalist will work with you to develop a unique program to meet your requirements.