Updated as of January 10, 2021.
Glen Helen Nature Preserve trails are open from dawn to dusk.
The Raptor Center is currently open to the public from 9:00am-5:00pm.
Parking at 405 Corry St. in Yellow Springs will continue to be free for Glen Helen Association members, $5 for others. Buildings, including restrooms, remain closed, so please plan accordingly. Public restrooms are available in downtown Yellow Springs at the Train Station building that houses the Chamber of Commerce, 101 Dayton St.
For the safety of our visitors during COVID-19, a one way trail system is in effect on the Inman Loop trail in an effort to support social distancing efforts. We ask that all visitors come prepared with a face mask and wear it when unable to maintain safe distance from other parties.
It is our mission is to expose visitors of all ages to the wonder and importance of nature. Our dedicated staff is working hard to prepare for future public programming, ecological education, and event options, available to Glen Helen members and visitors.
The Trailside Museum is the weekend welcome center for Glen Helen Nature Preserve. Visitors to are encouraged to stop by before exploring the trails. The museum features hands-on displays and exhibits that are designed to offer visitors an up-close experience with nature. Visitors also have an opportunity to meet our resident ambassador animals, investigate the trail map, and purchase Glen Helen gear. *Additional Glen Helen gear, birding items, and nature/outdoor inspired gifts are available at the Glen Helen Nature Shop, located in the Vernet Ecological Center.
As the starting place for many public family and adult programs, the Trailside Museum offers fun and educational guided programs for all age groups.
The Outdoor Education Center is dedicated to providing programs for children and adults seeking to develop an appreciation for the natural world, an awareness of environmental problems and the ecological principles that influence them. The Outdoor Education Center is committed to helping students develop improved self-concepts and to refine their interpersonal relationship skills through the Outdoor School Program, EcoCamp, and After School Program as well as other community outreach programming.
The Raptor Center began in 1970 as part of Antioch College's Glen Helen Outdoor Education Center. The Raptor Center includes a classroom area for bird study lessons, an intensive care room, outdoor cages for display of permanently handicapped birds, and flight cages for recuperating birds. The Raptor Center hosts regular programs to encourage a greater understanding, appreciation, and concern for raptors and other wildlife. Presentations are available that cover the special adaptations of birds of prey, general wildlife needs, how humans affect wildlife, and what we can all do to help.
The Glen Helen Outdoor Education Center hosts ten new interns every school year to participate in the Glen Helen Outdoor School program. The Naturalist Internship Program at Glen Helen is unique in that it is truly a training ground for those wishing to pursue a career in the field of outdoor environmental education, and for those wishing to hone and perfect their skills.