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: Trailside Museum :

Trailside Museum is the weekend welcome center for Glen Helen Nature Preserve. Visitors to the Glen are encouraged to stop by the Trailside Museum before exploring the trails.

The museum features hands-on displays and exhibits that are designed for children to get an up-close experience with nature. Trailside Museum offers scheduled, guided programs for Elementary school age groups, and is the starting place for many public family and adult programs.

Want a program at your school or group location?  Please visit the Extension Programs page to learn about our traveling programs or to schedule a program within The Glen.

Please note: Trailside Museum is held open by volunteers only. If you are interested in volunteering at Trailside or elsewhere in the Glen please contact Ann Simonson asimonson@glenhelen.org. Please call 937-769-1902 to confirm hours prior to your visit.

Trailside Programs

Interpretive Walks Open to the Public

Trailside Museum is the main meeting spot for interpretive walks in Glen Helen.: view calendar :

Reptile Feeding Programs

Watch our naturalists feed the snake and turtle who live in the Trailside Museum once a month (typically the first or second Saturday of each month).: view calendar :

Afterschool Programs

Join us on Wednesday afternoons for an afterschool program beginning at Trailside Museum. Contact the Extension Naturalist at 937-767-7648 or extensioninfo@glenhelen.org.

Guided Group Programs

Bring your class or group to the Trailside Museum for a program and hike. Topics vary and can typically accommodate groups up to 25 students. : more information :

Rent the Trailside Museum

Trailside can be rented out for special events--it's particularly well suited for children's birthday parties.: more information :