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Glen Helen 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, all accessible from a 20-mile network of footpaths. 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.
Glen Helen provides life-shaping environmental learning programs through the Outdoor Education Center, one of the first facilities of its kind. The Raptor Center rehabilitates hawks, eagles, and owls, with the goal of releasing birds for a second chance at life in the wild.
We depend on public support to maintain the preserve and its programs. Your contributions allow us to maintain trails, protect native species by removing invasive plants, offer educational programs for schoolchildren and the public, and preserve the diverse habitats of the Glen.