Check the FAQ page for trail maps, preserve rules and general information

Glen Helen Nature Preserve trails are open from dawn to dusk.

The Raptor Center is currently open to the public from 9:00am-6:00pm.  

The Nature Shop is open Thursdays through Sundays, 10 am to 4 pm.

It will be closed December 24, 25, 31 and January 1.

Parking at 405 Corry St. in Yellow Springs is $5, Free for Glen Helen Association members. Schools and other large groups must schedule their visit ahead of time by email or by calling 937-769-1904.

The group rate is $2 per individual for groups of 10 or more arriving in one vehicle.


Most days our buildings, including restrooms, remain closed, so please plan accordingly. Port-o-johns are placed in the main lot for visitor use.

A Great Horned Owl : Glen Helen Raptor Center

Raptor Center

The Raptor Center began in 1970 and continues to conduct education and rehabilitation programs today.  Education occurs through scheduled programs with live birds of prey either at the Raptor Center or at offsite locations and can be scheduled year round.  Visitors are also welcome for self-guided tours during our seasonal open hours.  Large groups are encouraged to schedule to ensure space availability.  Parking at the Raptor Center is extremely limited and only for use while at the Center.  All parking for hiking is at 405 Corry Street.

Children hiking in the Glen

Outdoor Education

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.


Trailside Musem Nature & Music Program

Trailside Museum

Naturalist Program Event

Naturalist Programs

While currently closed, the Trailside Museum typically serves as the weekend welcome center for Glen Helen Nature Preserve.  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 ask questions before starting on your hike.

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 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.

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