: Outdoor School :
Glen Helen Outdoor School provides science-based, experiential learning in the outdoors while fostering respect for the natural environment and empowering people to act in its interest.
Designed for students in grades four through six, Glen Helen provides authentic learning aligned with Ohio Academic Content Standards.
Our goal is to create a educational experience at Glen Helen that meets the needs of teachers and students by providing high-quality instruction in the 1,000 acre outdoor classroom of Glen Helen Nature Preserve
At Glen Helen, students actually have the opportunity to see in real-life the concepts that they are learning about in the classroom.
For example, students learn about their locals food webs with the assistance of a live bird of prey.
Students learn about fossils and geologic time by exploring the fossiliferous limestone cliffs and ridges of Glen Helen.
Students learn about energy conservation by examining our solar thermal panels and making energy conservation pledges.
In addition to teaching concepts, Glen Helen helps students develop science skills that are not as easily taught in the classroom.
We also make time for students to make their own observations and encourage students to develop their own questions about the natural world.
The Glen Helen Outdoor School curriculum is not limited to science, as we also offer cultural history programs that again tie into the state standards.
Students are engaged in cooperative activities that encourages trust in their peers and nurtures communication skills.
Teamwork within everything we do at the Glen. Students work together with their groups to collect weather data at our weather station, and then make a weather report to their classmates.
For the duration of the visit, students are in the same trail group with a maximum of twelve other students.
Each day students go into the nature preserve with their Naturalist-teacher to explore, learn, and discover through explorations of the native ecosystems.
Chosen for their content knowledge, experience working with children, and passion for the environment, the Naturalists teach and inspire students by using the Glen as their classroom
Fun programs are planned for the evening time, such as skits and songs performed by our Naturalist staff.
On Thursday nights we offer the much anticipated Night Hike, where students explore the nocturnal and learn about its inhabitants.
The standard Outdoor School program is a 4-day experience, where students arrive on Tuesday and depart on Friday, with the possibility of accommodating other program lengths.
The Glen Helen experience is a field trip your students will always remember. Our Outdoor School program immerses students of all ages in the natural world, allowing them to explore, discover, and develop an appreciation for nature.
Primarily serving grades 4-6, but open to other grades as well, students and their teachers come to the Glen for a 2.5-day or 4-day experience. The Outdoor School curriculum closely corresponds to Ohio Academic Content Standards to support and complement teacher classroom instruction in Science, Social Studies, Math, and Language Arts.
Each day, trail groups venture into the 1,000 acre outdoor classroom with their Naturalists, where students learn about the environment, and about how to protect it through hands-on teaching methods. During their time in the Glen, students will:
Search for macroinvertebrates in streams to determine water health.
Explore native ecosystems to connect with their natural environment.
Observe animal adaptations first hand with our reptile animal ambassadors.
Discover the nocturnal world, hiking through the Glen after sunset.
Experience the Ohio frontier in the late 1700s, meeting people such as Betty Zane and Tecumseh.
Learn about our resident owls, hawks, eagles, and vultures at the nearby Raptor Center.
Work together to meet wasted food goals in the dining hall.
Our emphasis on cooperation and teamwork transfers seamlessly back to the classroom; students leave the Glen more tolerant and trusting of their classmates, and more willing to work together. For a closer look at the Outdoor Education Center and our academic Outdoor School program, meet the Outdoor Education staff, and see what teachers, students, and parents have to say about the Glen Helen experience!
INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS & PARENTS
INFORMATION FOR TEACHERS & SCHOOLS
- Click Here to Submit Outdoor School Program Information
- 2.5 day schedule
- 4 day schedule
- Outdoor School Curriculum
Outdoor School Policies
Student Health Form
Campstore Order Form
Trailgroup List Form
- Guidelines for Teachers and Chaperones
- Outdoor School Prep Checklist
If you are interested in registering your school for Outdoor School in the 2014 - 2015 academic year, please contact:
Outdoor Education Center Director