405 Corry St, Yellow Springs, OH 45387
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Our mission We steward and strengthen Glen Helen for present and future generations, safeguard the ecological, historical, and geological resources within its bounds, and utilize the preserve to offer life-shaping environmental learning to our students and visitors.

Glen Helen

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Ways to help

On the Trails

Be a Guardian of the Glen, assist our Ranger with land preservation and trail maintenance tasks such as: Trail cleanliness Graffiti removal Trail structure maintenance (bird blind, stone paths, bridges, handrails, etc) Invasive species removal
  • One-time, Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10), Groups (10+), Corporate Teams
  • Physical, Outdoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Nature Shop

Greet visitors to the Glen Helen Nature Shop and Vernet Building Discuss Membership opportunities with visitors Process visitor purchases from the Nature Shop Assist with inventory Answer visitor questions
  • Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10)
  • Physical, Indoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

The Museum

Guide educational hikes through the Glen Welcome visitors to the Trailside Museum Assist with animal care: birds, snakes, and/or turtles Share your talent/knowledge by leading or assisting with a fun and educational programs for visitors of all ages at the Trailside Museum, on the trails, or other locations within the Glen. *Regular training opportunities available. OCVN participation encouraged.
  • One-time, Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10), Groups (10+), Corporate Teams
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends
Items we need now

Items Needed

•    Glass cleaner and bleach •    Hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes •    Wi-Fi enabled tablets •    Pots for indoor or outdoor plants •    Potting soil or •    Hardware and pet store gift cards •    Plastic storage bins with lids •    5-gallon buckets •    Misc. furniture, good condition (for Naturalist houses) •    Vacuum cleaners •    Work gloves, hand tools, outdoor supplies •    Telescopes, Binoculars •    Trash bags (plastic and contractor) •    Litter grabbers •    Shovels and rakes •    Functioning weed eaters •    Boot dryer •    Wildlife guides •    Plant and animal ID books •    Kid’s Nature books •    Costumes •    Plants, including in the spring, any native perennials starts

  • In-Kind Donations
How you help We depend on volunteers to carry out the programs, events, and initiatives that help preserve the regional treasure that is Glen Helen. From fundraising to mailings to trail maintenance, volunteer at the Glen, and not only will you participate in our important efforts, but you'll also have fun while you do it.
About us 1000 acre private nonprofit nature preserve with 15+ miles of trails, educational public programs & events, residential environmental education, & raptor rehabilitation.
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