Residential/Overnight Outdoor School
2020 Fall Outdoor School Cancelled :(
Based on information received from teachers and administrators, we are sadly not able to host Outdoor School this fall. It seems that schools will not know what policies and resources will be available for programs like Glen Helen until the fall period is well underway.
We remain hopeful that we will be able to proceed with Outdoor School beginning after the first of the year. We will all need it! Our staff and facilities will be ready to make that happen when we get the notice that schools are ready to come back to Glen Helen.
We do hope to offer some kind of outreach programs during the fall to any schools that are interested. These could be options like school visits, day or partial day field trips to Glen Helen, or possibly some virtual lessons to support classroom teachers.
We will work with schools to accommodate their needs, realizing that they may be working under a variety of constraints. We will monitor the situation throughout summer and fall and will post updates here as we learn more. Contact Director, Michael Blackwell for specific questions, concerns or suggestions.
The Glen Helen Outdoor School is a residential environmental education program for children grades 4-7. Students and their teachers come to the Glen for a 3-day or 4-day experience, where they are immersed in the natural world, exploring and investigating, the wonders of nature. Our curriculum is aligned with Ohio Academic Content Standards in science, social studies, math, and language arts to complement classroom instruction.
Each day, trail groups venture into our 1,000 acre outdoor classroom with their naturalists. They explore, investigate, and learn about the environment and how to protect it. Students search for macroinvertebrates in the streams to determine water health, explore native ecosystems to connect with their natural environment, and work together to meet wasted food goals in the dining hall in an effort to understand the importance of conservation. Our emphasis on cooperation and teamwork is carried back to the classroom - students leave the Glen more tolerant and trusting of their classmates, and more willing to work together.
Before schools arrive at the Glen, we work closely with teachers to design a program that is appropriate for their particular group of students. We also work to ensure classroom learning objectives are central to the experience provided at the Glen. Naturalists facilitate instruction with the students out on the trails, while teachers provide behavior management support, and supervise students during dorm time. Please contact the Glen Helen Outdoor Education Center at 937.767.7648 for more information.
School Registration Information
Information for winter and spring 2021 school registrations will be forthcoming in late summer or early fall 2020.
Information for Teachers & Schools
2019-2020 Teacher Planning Guide - everything you need to plan a successful visit!
Outdoor School Program Information Form - please complete 3 weeks prior to your Outdoor School visit
Information for Parents & Guardians
Guide for Parents & Guardians - What to expect, FAQ, Suggested Packing List, Campstore Form, Cold Weather Considerations, and Health Care Form
Campstore Order Form - Please complete and seal in an envelope with exact change
Letter for Students - Share with your child prior to their visit to Outdoor School