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Articles About glen helen ecology institute

  • Naturalist-teacher joins Glen Helen staff

    The Glen Helen Outdoor Education Center’s new director, Michael Blackwell, sat in his (outdoor) office, where he instructs school-age students and the OEC’s interns in naturalist skills and about the history and ecology of the Glen. Blackwell arrived in early October, and is “inheriting the OEC’s 60-year tradition.” (Photo by Dylan Taylor-Lehman)

    The office of Michael Blackwell, the new director of Glen Helen’s Outdoor Education Center (OEC), is a small trailer deep in the Glen. No more than 50 feet away is a fire pit, and the whole camp is ensconced in towering trees.

  • Closures to protect the Glen trails

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    The sunny, mild weather on a recent weekend offered just the sort of break from winter that draws cabin-fevered walkers to the wood. So why, over a span of lovely days, did Glen Helen close?

  • Longtime raptor caretaker retires

    Betty Ross with one of the Raptor Center’s permanent residents, a barn owl named Louie. Barn owls are not native to Ohio, but moved in after the forests were cleared for farming. After nearly 30 years as the Raptor Center’s director, Ross retired last month. (Photo by Audrey Hackett)

    A conservative estimate of the number of birds Betty Ross has handled in her nearly 30 years at the Raptor Center might be 4,500.

  • Rise against the green Glen invaders

    Glen volunteer Vincent Laino helped to clear invasive honeysuckle from the Glen over the summer.

    If weeding the flower garden out back sounds bad, imagine weeding a forest. Then imagine that forest encircled by an army of invasive species.

  • Yellow Springs Community Foundation celebrates 40 years cultivating community

    The Yellow Springs Community Foundation is celebrating 40 years this year with a monthly series of soundslide stories featuring its donors, grant recipients and beneficiaries. The audio pieces begin this week on the YSCF Facebook page, and continue through September, when the foundation will host a celebration party at the Antioch College Wellness Center. Above, Collin Calfee, left, and Gini Meekin participate in the Project Peace, funded in part by the Community Foundation. (Submitted Photo)

    The three-heart logo that has stood for the Yellow Springs Community Foundation since 1974 represents its three pillars — the donors, the recipients and the beneficiaries: the people of Yellow Springs.

  • Glen Helen’s pancake breakfast returns

    The Glen Helen Annual Pancake Breakfast is back for its 37th inauguration. The event, last held here in 2011, takes place on Saturday, March 8, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. at the Outdoor Education Center. Participants are encouraged to park in the Corry Street lot and join one of the naturalist-led hikes to the OEC starting at Trailside Museum at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m., and coming back at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. (Submitted photo by Brooke Bryan)

    Who can resist the thought of eating a pile of fluffy golden pancakes seated next to friends and neighbors as the spring sun streams through the window at our homey Outdoor Education Center?

  • Glen Helen makes bid for Girl Scout camp

    The 3,200-square-foot lodge and the surrounding Girl Scout’s Camp Greene, located off of Grinnell Road, could soon belong to the Glen. The Glen Helen Association has applied for grant funding with the Clean Ohio Fund to help purchase and permanently protect the 28-acre camp with a conservation easement. (Submitted photo)

    It’s been nearly 50 years since Glen Helen has expanded its borders, but the preserve recently entered into an agreement that its leaders hope will result in the acquisition of 28 acres.

  • Charges filed in Glen Helen ‘gunman’ scare

    Cody Buffenbarger, 22, of Springboro, was charged last week with falsification, a first-degree misdemeanor, for fabricating a story on June 27 about a man with a gun near Ecocamp cabins in Glen Helen.

  • Antioch College, Glen Helen begin reforestation

    Antioch College environmental science professor Linda Fuselier, left, and Glen Helen extension naturalist Jennifer Lang will use a grant from the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement to launch an education and action program this fall to replace the Glen’s invasive honeysuckle with native understory species. (Photo by Lauren Heaton)

    If one of the key components of an effective education is giving people the tools to make positive change, then Antioch College, Glen Helen and the host of conscientious villagers here are in a strong position to help save the environment.

  • In Glen Helen, search winding down, no one found

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    About 20 officers from various jurisdictions combed through Glen Helen and John Bryan Park today in a search for a man alleged to be carrying a gun. However, the search was called off late this afternoon, and the man is believed to have left the area.

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