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School, Scouts, and Youth Outreach

Looking for a fun and engaging learning experience for your classroom, Scout group or other community group? From night hikes to live animal programs and farm tours to agricultural heritage programs, the Preservation Parks Education Department offers outreach programs covering a variety of natural and cultural history topics. Most are free and a great way to introduce your group to Delaware County’s cultural and natural heritage.

Field trips are limited to 75 participants per field trip per day. If your group is larger than 75, you must schedule two dates.
For school field trips at Deer Haven Park, groups choose three program topics and follow a rotating schedule. Most popular field trip programs at Deer Haven are Habitat Hike, Wetland Exploration, Fossils, Animal Adaptation, and Reptiles and Amphibians.
Field trips to Gallant Farm are limited to Tuesday and Wednesday only.

To schedule an outreach program or field trip, please contact Casey Smith at csmith@preservationparks.com

Outreach Programs Available

This is a general list of programs we can offer. If there is a topic that you would like to cover that is not listed below, please do not hesitate to ask. We are flexible and will work with you to develop a program that will meet State of Ohio Academic Content Standards, scout badge requirements or other needs to the best of our ability. We can conduct programs either at your site (school building, land lab, or other meeting facility) or at one of the parks managed by Preservation Parks.

Community groups that see a program in our regular public program schedule and would like to attend should contact us in advance to schedule a special program on that topic specifically for your group.

Programs on specific types of plants or animals are offered in the following categories:

  • Reptiles and Amphibians
  • Birds
  • Mammals
  • Plants
  • Insects and Arachnids
  • Monarchs
  • Animals of Ohio
  • Animal Adaptations
  • Sensory Awareness
  • Animal Adaptations
  • Sensory Awareness
  • Orienteering
  • Geocaching
  • Fossils
  • Nocturnal Animals (a night hike can be scheduled to coincide)
  • Stream Exploration – Available April through October (at parks or on-site if available)
  • Wetland Exploration – Available April through October (at parks or on-site if available)
  • Habitat Exploration – at parks or on-site if available
  • Ohio and Delaware County geology
  • Depression Era (1930’s) Farm Life Programs (Gallant Farm or on-site)
  • Boy Scout and Girl Scout Badge Programs to help meet badge requirements
  • General program on Preservation Parks

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Programs

50th Anniversary Adventure

Adventure activities await when you celebrate Preservation Parks’ 50th anniversary! Hike the brand new primitive trail, add to the time capsule, explore wetland and forest wonders, visit with live raptors from Ohio Nature Education, learn about park history, and enjoy cake and ice cream.

50th Anniversary Gala

Celebrate Preservation Parks’ 50th Anniversary and help support your parks at a gala fundraiser hosted by The Preservation Parks Foundation.

Adventure Run

Get “in” to nature…literally. Run the primitive adventure trail while maneuvering through mud pits and conquering both natural and man-made obstacles (including a slip and slide down the sledding hill). The run is family friendly and just under 2 miles. No strollers or pets please. Be prepared to get wet and muddy.

FLEX Trails (Free Local EXercise)

FLEX Trails are established along the trails at Char-Mar Ridge Preserve. Stations set up along the trails include signs that explain how to do various exercises, right there, with no equipment

Geocaching in Preservation Parks

Geocaching and letterboxing are fun hobbies that provide a great reason to enjoy the outdoors. Preservation Parks does allow geocaches and letterboxes to be placed in the parks, as long as Park District guidelines are followed.

Group Hikes

Embark on a journey with fellow enthusiasts or enrich your knowledge on the go! We’ve got your hiking experience sorted. Explore our curated group hike programs, each with unique themes that cater to diverse interests.

Letterbox Adventure

Letterbox prizes will be available Monday, June 14 at Delaware area libraries and Deer Haven Park. 

Are you ready to win a fun prize pack and explore your local parks? There are letterboxes hidden in 8 Preservation Parks’ and 4 more parks within the city of Delaware. Find at least 4 letterboxes at any park to win a prize, while supplies last.

Mindfulness Trail

This 1 mile walk invites you to several stations that will provide different ways to practice mindfulness along the trail.

Photography Contest

The photo contest is open to all amateur photographers, youth to adult.  Amateur is defined as someone who derives less than 50% of their annual income from the sale of photographs or photographic works. 

School, Scouts, and Youth Outreach

Looking for a fun and engaging learning experience for your classroom, Scout group or other community group? From night hikes to live animal programs and farm tours to agricultural heritage programs, the Preservation Parks Education Department offers outreach programs covering a variety of natural and cultural history topics.

Summer Exhibit

Step into the “Far Out” realm of space at this immersive exhibit. Explore the

Thursday Evening Concert Series

Sponsored by Consolidated Cooperative

Bring a lawn chair and enjoy a food truck and free concert. Thursdays this summer at Gallant Woods Park. 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Programs

50th Anniversary Gala

Celebrate Preservation Parks’ 50th Anniversary and help support your parks at a gala fundraiser hosted

Adventure Run

Get “in” to nature…literally. Run the primitive adventure trail while maneuvering through mud pits and

Group Hikes

Embark on a journey with fellow enthusiasts or enrich your knowledge on the go! We’ve

Letterbox Adventure

Letterbox prizes will be available Monday, June 14 at Delaware area libraries and Deer Haven

Mindfulness Trail

This 1 mile walk invites you to several stations that will provide different ways to

Photography Contest

The photo contest is open to all amateur photographers, youth to adult. Amateur is defined

Summer Exhibit

Step into the “Far Out” realm of space at this immersive exhibit. Explore the mysteries