Glen Helen Nature Preserve
The Glen is a Living Sanctuary, forever protected in the memory of Helen Birch Bartlett. It is a Natural Classroom, where students and the public can learn about the environment and how to live with Earth in mind. It is an Outdoor Laboratory, where ecological and environmental research helps us better understand the world around us.
Other colleges own land labs, arboretums, or nature centers. None of them, however, offer the scope, history, proximity, or diversity of Glen Helen.
The Glen is the legacy of alumnus Hugh Taylor Birch, who donated the wooded glen to Antioch College in memory of his daughter, Helen. Additional gifts have expanded the preserve, which now encompasses over 1000 acres.
Immediately adjacent to the Antioch campus, the Glen features more than twenty miles of trails, the Midwest’s oldest residential environmental learning facility, Ohio’s first educational forest, and Ohio’s first facility dedicated to the rehabilitation and release of native birds of prey. The preserve includes 2.5 miles of the National Scenic Little Miami River and regionally significant stands of old-growth forest. During a short walk, students and 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 offers vast array of public programming, ecological education, and event options, available to Glen Helen members and visitors. The Outdoor Education Center, one of the first facilities of its kind, provides life-shaping environmental learning programs. The Raptor Center rehabilitates hawks, eagles, and owls, with the goal of releasing birds for a second chance at life in the wild.
Glen Helen is open to the public from dawn to dusk, 365 days a year. Nature programs, guided hikes, and other interpretative experiences are offered for families and individuals throughout the year. Many guided hikes and events are offered free or at a discounted rate for Glen Helen Members, with card. Pre-registration is required for all programs/most events, see our Event Calendar for details.