Glen Helen Winter Programs And Events
December 2020 - February 2021
Register early to ensure your participation at glenhelen.org/events. Group sizes are strictly limited due to COVID-19. Masks required for all in-person activities. Buildings, including restrooms, are not presently open -- please plan accordingly. Many programs are discounted for Glen Helen members.
Sat & Sun
December 5 & 6
School Forest Festival
Visit Ohio’s oldest educational forest to take part in a longstanding Yellow Springs tradition! Cut your own Christmas trees, grown by the School Forest Club of Yellow Springs High School. Funds raised support the club’s efforts at Glen Helen. School Forest, 3777 Bryan Park Rd.
Join the fight against invasive plants! Help us combat honeysuckle in the Glen, and learn how to identify and safely remove invasive species. Community organizations, groups, businesses, and families are encouraged to participate. Please wear closed-toed shoes and work gloves, bring extra loppers if you have them. Volunteers must be age 16 or older. Meet at the Outdoor Education Center, 1075 SR 343.
Nature Shop Holiday Patio Sale
Because our buildings remain closed to the public, we’re hosting a patio sale in December. Stock up on holiday gifts and other merchandise, including shirts, hoodies, hats, bird feeding supplies, children’s items, cards, the beautiful 2021 Glen Helen wall calendar, and more. Nature Shop Patio, 405 Corry St. Repeats Saturday, Dec. 12, 19.
Virtual Winter Solstice Poetry Reading
Glen Helen and the Tecumseh Land Trust are sponsoring the ninth annual Solstice Poetry Reading virtually via Zoom. Eight Ohio poets, including Athens-based State Poet Laureate Kari Gunter-Seymour, will share original poems based on this year's theme, "Solstice: The Healing Earth." For information how to connect, or for additional questions, visit www.tecumsehlandtrust.org or call the Land Trust office at 937-767-9490. Free, donations appreciated.
Christmas Bird Count
One of the world’s longest-running citizen science efforts. In addition to Glen Helen, our 15-mile count circle includes John Bryan State Park, Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve, and many Greene County parks. Each year observers spot over 2,500 individual birds!
Full Cold Moon Hike
Join naturalist Paul Sampson for a one-mile full moon hike on the Inman Trail and work off some of those holiday calories. $5, Glen Helen members free. Meet at the main parking lot, 405 Corry St.
LIMITED to 10 PARTICIPANTS
Healthy New Year Hike
Put on those hiking boots and start out 2021 on the right foot. Get outside after the holidays and enjoy the winter landscaping that is uniquely the Glen. Please dress for the weather. Maximum of 10 participants; pre-registration required. Meet at the Outdoor Education Center.
Sunrise Sunday Hike
Make a commitment to start your week off right in the new year. This early hike is a great way to take a quiet moment for yourself or enjoy the company of friends. We’ll adjust distance and speed according to the group’s ability. Please dress for the weather. Maximum of 10 participants; pre-registration required. Meet at the Outdoor Education Center. Repeats January 10, 17, 24, & 31.
We’ll search the north Glen for hardy birds of winter. $5, members free. Meet at Trailside Museum, 505 Corry St.
Full Wolf Moon Hike
Take a one-mile hike with Tom Sabin on the Inman Trail and listen for the Barred Owl calls. $5, members free. Meet at the main parking lot.
First Wildflower Search
Hunt for Ohio’s first blooming wildflower: Skunk cabbage. Enjoy a seasonal stroll through the Glen as we search for this distinctive-smelling wildflower that generates its own heat. The walk is informal with several stops along the way. Please dress for the weather. Maximum of 10 participants; pre-registration required. Meet at the main parking lot.
"Great Backyard Bird Count" Hike
Help tally birds for this annual global citizen science event at Glen Helen's Camp Greene on the Little Miami River. Learn about land restoration efforts at this site in recent years and local & state efforts to further protect and advocate for Ohio's designated Scenic Rivers. Limit 10 people; pre-registration required. $5, members free. Meet at Camp Greene, 3452 Grinnell Road. Event will be rescheduled to Sun, February 14 if weather requires postponement.
Take your sweetheart for a romantic stroll past some of the Glen’s most beautiful features at dusk. Halfway through warm up around a cozy fire with a cup of hot cocoa. The walk is informal with several short stops along the way. Please dress warmly. Maximum of 10 participants, please register prior to the event. $10, $5 for members. Meet at the main parking lot.
Establishing a Bluebird Trail: An Outdoor Workshop
Join naturalist Bethany Gray to help establish a Glen Helen bluebird trail in preparation for nesting season. We will install a next box approved by the North American Bluebird Society and learn how to monitor boxes for ideal conservation outcomes. Participants will take home nest box system plans and other resources for Bluebird "landlords." Limit 10 people; pre-registration required. $5, members free. Meet at the Horace Mann Meadow, Bryan Park Rd. Event will be rescheduled to Sun, February 21 if weather requires postponement.
We’ll search the north Glen for elusive winter finches. $5, members free. Meet at Trailside Museum.
Pine Forest and Full Snow Moon Hike
Join naturalists Paul Sampson and Tom Sabin for a 3-mile hike to the Pine Forest and nearby School Forest, Ohio’s oldest educational forest. $5, members free. Meet at the main parking lot.