: 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.
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 email@example.com. Please call 937-769-1902 to confirm hours prior to your visit.
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 :
Thursday Afterschool Programs
Visit the Trailside Museum on Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. for a free one-hour afterschool program offered by the Glen Helen Extension Naturalist. Program topics vary each week. No registration required, no program fees required.
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 :