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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.


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!







If you are interested in registering your school for Outdoor School in the 2014 - 2015 academic year, please contact:
Janene Giuseffi
Outdoor Education Center Director