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Glen Helen In Yellow Springs To Become Community-Owned

Susan Smith, Glen Helen Ranger
Chris Welter
Susan Smith, Glen Helen Ranger

A community non-profit is purchasing the Glen Helen Nature Preserve from Antioch College. 

The Glen Helen — a thousand-square-acre nature preserve in Yellow Springs — will soon be taken over by a community nonprofit.  The Glen Helen Association will assume ownership of the Glen when a deal with Antioch College is finalized later this summer.  The College has owned the Glen since 1929.

“It [the transfer] will allow us to really focus our time, energy, and resources on strengthening the educational aspects of what we do, both as a small liberal arts college and as a college that is deeply devoted to environmental sustainability,” says Antioch College President Tom Manley.

Antioch will receive $2.5 million dollars from the Glen Helen Association, to be paid over ten years. The Glen, also includes The Yellow Springs, a bird rehabilitation center, and camps for school kids. Currently, the Glen remains closed. However, the Glen Helen Association says they will soon announce plans for re-opening.

Environmental reporter Chris Welter is a corps member with Report for America, a national service program that places journalists into local newsrooms.

Chris Welter is the Managing Editor at The Eichelberger Center for Community Voices at WYSO.

Chris got his start in radio in 2017 when he completed a six-month training at the Center for Community Voices. Most recently, he worked as a substitute host and the Environment Reporter at WYSO.