Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 50.83
Liaison Hannah Spirrison
Submission Date March 29, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Antioch College
IN-26: Innovation C

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Hannah Spirrison
Director of Innovation and Institutional Effectiveness
Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Research
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Community Engagement through Glen Helen

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

Antioch College's Glen Helen Ecology Institute stewards a thousand-acre nature preserve on the edge of campus and offers life-shaping environmental education opportunities for students and the general public. Through its Outdoor Education Center, Raptor Center, and Trailside Museum, the Glen serves as a hub for both student and community engagement on environmental sustainability.

The Glen Helen Outdoor School is a residential environmental education program for children grades 4-7. Students and their teachers come to the Glen where they search for macroinvertebrates in the streams to determine water health, explore native ecosystems to connect with their natural environment, and work together to meet wasted food goals in the dining hall in an effort to understand the importance of conservation. The Glen Helen Raptor Center is an educational and rehabilitation center for birds of prey, admitting 150-200 sick or injured birds of prey yearly and educating the public about birds of prey, wildlife, and conservation issues. The Trailside Museum offers scheduled, educational programs, and serves as the gateway for the preserve’s 15-mile trail system. Spring 2018 programs include: a full moon hike and seed exchange, Guardians of the Glen service opportunities, and guided hikes and activities for kids. Antioch students work, co-op, recreate, and volunteer at the Glen with roles ranging from program marketing to leading workshops for the public on ecology and natural history.

As part of its ongoing community collaboration, Glen Helen is host to Ohio’s oldest educational forest, which is managed through a partnership with the Yellow Springs Schools. Glen Helen is also home to a therapeutic riding facility, managed by the Riding Centre Association.

Antioch College’s Glen Helen Ecology Institute is unique in that its programs serve both Antioch College students and the larger public and that the Glen Helen Institute serves as a means for Antioch students to be directly involved in educating the public about sustainability.
Antioch College's Glen Helen Ecology Institute stewards a thousand-acre nature preserve on the edge of campus and offers life-shaping environmental education opportunities for students and the general public. Through its Outdoor Education Center, Raptor Center, and Trailside Museum, the Glen serves as a hub for both student and community engagement on environmental sustainability.

The Glen Helen Outdoor School is a residential environmental education program for children grades 4-7. Students and their teachers come to the Glen where they search for macroinvertebrates in the streams to determine water health, explore native ecosystems to connect with their natural environment, and work together to meet wasted food goals in the dining hall in an effort to understand the importance of conservation. The Glen Helen Raptor Center is an educational and rehabilitation center for birds of prey, admitting 150-200 sick or injured birds of prey yearly and educating the public about birds of prey, wildlife, and conservation issues. The Trailside Museum offers scheduled, educational programs, and serves as the gateway for the preserve’s 15-mile trail system. Spring 2018 programs include: a full moon hike and seed exchange, Guardians of the Glen service opportunities, and guided hikes and activities for kids. Antioch students work, co-op, recreate, and volunteer at the Glen with roles ranging from program marketing to leading workshops for the public on ecology and natural history.

As part of its ongoing community collaboration, Glen Helen is host to Ohio’s oldest educational forest, which is managed through a partnership with the Yellow Springs Schools. Glen Helen is also home to a therapeutic riding facility, managed by the Riding Centre Association.

Antioch College’s Glen Helen Ecology Institute is unique in that its programs serve both Antioch College students and the larger public and that the Glen Helen Institute serves as a means for Antioch students to be directly involved in educating the public about sustainability.


Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Campus Engagement
Public Engagement
Grounds

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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