GLEN HELEN NATURE PRESERVE

Glen Helen is the legacy of alumnus Hugh Taylor Birch, who, in 1929, donated the wooded glen to Antioch College in memory of his daughter, Helen. With this gift, the College accepted the responsibility of preserving the land in perpetuity. Additional gifts have expanded the preserve, which now encompasses 1000 acres, all accessible from a 20-mile network of footpaths.

 

Today, our mission is carried forward by the privately funded, Glen Helen Ecology Institute at Antioch College, which manages the land and coordinates the educational programs of The Glen.  During a short walk, visitors can view spectacular wildflowers, 400 year-old trees, limestone cliffs with waterfalls and overhangs, and the beautiful yellow spring for which the town is named.

 

The Glen is an integral part of the legacy of the College and will be an important resource for the development of its curriculum. For Antiochians, the identity of the College and Glen Helen are inseparable. For nature enthusiasts, The Glen is a valuable resource for hiking, birding, and exploration.

 

As a private, nonprofit, Glen Helen depends on the support of individuals through the Glen Helen Association, to maintain the preserve and its exciting and varied programs. The Glen Helen Association is a membership-based friends organization, founded in 1960 to support Antioch College and its efforts to protect the Glen. 

Our Mission

We steward and strengthen Glen Helen for present and future generations, safeguard the ecological, historical, and geological resources within its bounds, and utilize the preserve to offer life-shaping environmental learning to our students and visitors. 

Our History

Over time, Glen Helen was home to the Hopewell, Miami, and Shawnee Indians. By the early 1800's Lewis Davis welcomed travelers from near and far, offering healing and rest in the now famous Yellow Spring.  The land holds many mysteries and legends from promises of health to stories of spirits walking the trails.