School of Environment and Natural Resources

College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park, 352 West Dodridge Street, Columbus, Ohio

Research: The Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park



The Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park is a long-term, large-scale aquatic research facility located along the northern edge of The Ohio State University’s Columbus campus. The Schiermeier Wetlands is the home of the School of Environment and Natural Resources’ aquatics program and a gateway to research, teaching and outreach related to water resources at the university. The Schiermeier Wetlands pursue basic and applied research at multiple levels of ecological organization, from microbes to ecosystems to landscapes. The Schiermeier Wetlands also provides training for undergraduate and graduate students and service to the community through environmental outreach and extension. Through these activities, the Schiermeier Wetlands plays an essential role in developing science-based solutions to critical issues in water resource management, restoration and conservation.


The 52-acre urban research site is situated adjacent to the Olentangy River and consists of two experimental wetland basins, an oxbow wetland, bottomland hardwood forest and a mesocosm compound. The Heffner Teaching and Research Building located on the site includes analytical and teaching laboratories, a wet laboratory, flexible classrooms, offices and meeting spaces. Reservation of these spaces can be requested by filling out the “Outreach / Tour Events” link below.  Additional details regarding the meeting spaces can be obtained by calling: (614) 292-9774 or email

Outreach / Tour Events

Access and Tours

Our experimental wetlands can be viewed from the Sandefur Observation Pavillion which is open to the public. Additional viewing opportunities of the natural areas are available along the Olentangy Greenways Trail and paved paths throughout the site. The grounds are open to the public daily from dawn to dusk. Tours of the facility can be scheduled by filling out the “Outreach / Tour Events” link above.

Registration Forms

Individuals or groups interested in using the Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park should use the following PDF files that contain policies and forms for outreach, research and teaching activities and events. Call 614-292-9774 or email with any questions.

Research Activities

Teaching Activities

Contact Information

Mazeika S.P. Sullivan, PhD
SENR Assistant Director, Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetalnd Research Park ––

Brent Macolley
Facilities Service Manager --