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Students learn about fossils and geologic time by exploring the fossiliferous limestone cliffs and ridges of Glen Helen.


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 4-7, but open to any, students and their teachers come to the Glen for a three or four 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!





1. Please contact Janene Giuseffi, Outdoor Education Center Director, at (937)767-7648 or jgiuseffi@glenhelen.org with the name of your school, grade level, group size, and potential dates.

2. Janene will work with you to find appropriate dates. Programming is available from early September to late December, and from late January to late May. Outdoor School seasons are scheduled about 1+ year out. Space may remain available for the upcoming seasons, but is likely very limited, so please contact us to inquire about availability.

3.Once your session is scheduled you will receive a contract to complete. Once you receive the contract, please make sure all information is correct, sign and return the contract within two weeks. Your reservation will be considered final after paperwork is received. Billing occurs after the program.

4. You will receive a planning packet in August. The packet includes everything needed to plan and coordinate a successful Outdoor School experience. Our Program Coordinator, Kelsey Mazur, works with teachers, administrative staff, and Naturalist Interns to coordinate the logistics and successful implementation of your Outdoor School experience. About 4 weeks prior to your visit, you'll be contacted by Kelsey for the final details and preparations, including your lesson requests, final numbers, and any relevent dietary or medical concerns.

Please note that Outdoor School scheduling begins early! 

If you'd like to be included in the registration process for the 2015-2016 school year, beginning in August 2014, please contact Janene Giuseffi at (937)767-7648 or jgiuseffi@glenhelen.org.