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ORWRP Facilities Use Guidelines

The Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park (ORWRP)
Heffner Wetland Research and Education Building
Room Reservation Policy and Facility Use Guidelines for Outreach Events

Reservation requests must be made at least 30 days prior to the intended use date.

Approved participants must register with the ORWRP staff at least 30 minutes prior to their scheduled use. Appropriate information relative to the use of the facilities will be provided at that time. Groups will have use of the Heffner Wetland Research and Education Meeting Room(s) and ORWRP Interpretive Center per the information that was requested and approved on the registration form. The facilities are generally not available after 5 pm weekdays and on weekends without extra expenses being involved.

Rooms available for reservation:

  • Classroom (maximum group size is 65 in tablet arm chairs)
    • Tables and chairs
    • AV equipment (computer, projector, screen)
  • Conference room (Maximum group size is 25)
    • AV equipment (projector, screen)
    • Large meeting table with chairs
    • Conference phone
  • Lobby (Maximum group 85 theater style, 60 in rounds)
    • AV equipment (projector, screen and speakers)

The Heffner Wetland Research Building is equipped with:

  • Restrooms
  • A kitchenette with refrigerator, microwave, and coffee makers

If a group uses the coffee pots or cooking utensils provided, the group is responsible for cleaning, drying and returning the items to their proper places. Groups may bring their own meals with them, provide a potluck or have their meals catered in the facility. No alcoholic beverages are permitted. The Heffner Wetland Research and Education Building is heated and air-conditioned. If furniture is moved, please return to the position you found it in. Users are responsible for any and all damages to the meeting space, equipment and contents occurring during the user's occupation.

Violation of any of the guidelines provided will result in the forfeiture of any uses of the facility by the using group.

The fee for the use of meeting space at the Heffner Wetland Research and Education Building must accompany this form. Payment by erequest is possible using internal vendor: Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park (organization number 11734). Please make checks payable to: The Ohio State University, Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park.

I (We) have read the Facility Use Guidelines and accept the responsibility for this property while I (we) am (are) using it. I (We) further indemnify and save and hold harmless The Ohio State University and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, their officers, agents and employees, from and against any and all loss, liability, damages, cost, and expense, including but not limited to reasonable attorney’s fees, for injury, death, loss or damage of whatever nature to any person or property resulting from tortuous acts or omissions by the user in connection with the use of the premises. In the event that any action or proceeding is instituted against The Ohio State University and/or the Ohio Department of Natural Resources by any reason of any such claim or event, the user shall resist and defend such action or proceeding at the user’s sole cost and expense, or cause it to be resisted and defended by an insurer.

For questions concerning the area, contact the Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetlands Research Park Office at (614) 292-9774 or email at