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Glen Helen Section
“There may be no better place to witness that confluence of differing goals and interconnectedness than the 1,147 acres that compose the Glen Helen Nature Preserve.”
Since 2020, Glen Helen Nature Preserve has undergone an ownership change, moving from the care of Antioch College to the independently operated Glen Helen Association; received major grants for improvements; and become the home of some very industrious and popular beavers — and, of course, weathered it all through a pandemic.
Events in Glen Helen for the third and fourth week of July, 2022.
The Glen now has an additional $750,000 in capital funds to use toward improving accessibility for people with limited mobility on trails.
It’s a lot to look after: The Glen contains over 1,100 acres of land and a 15-mile network of footpaths. It’s home to deep-seated Indigenous histories, untold numbers of flora and fauna, geologies and ecologies, waterways and wildlife.
The trails of Glen Helen Nature Preserve will be closed temporarily Sunday, Feb. 20, and Monday, Feb. 21.
The old Antioch College power plant will soon be demolished and the land rehabbed into wetlands, thanks in part to a $988,119 grant from the Clean Ohio Conservation Fund.
The News takes a closer look at the Glen Helen Association’s plans to demolish a now-shuttered power plant site and restore the area, the plant’s history and the current state of the former plant.
Recalling the events of the past year in which the COVID-19 global pandemic almost forced the closure of the nature preserve deeply loved by the community, Executive Director Nick Boutis laid out the picture from a year ago.
The tape came down and the trail signs went up this week at Glen Helen. After being closed since March, the Glen reopened to the public on Wednesday, Sept. 9.