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 Wetland Park is home to the School of Environment and Natural Resources’ aquatics program and is a gateway to research, teaching and outreach related to water resources at the university. Faculty, staff, and students at the Schiermeier Wetland Park, pursue basic and applied research at multiple levels of ecological organization, ranging from populations to ecosystems to landscapes. The Schiermeier Wetlands also provide a unique opportunity for undergraduate and graduate student training, as well as service to the community via 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 grounds are open to the public daily from dawn to dusk. Our experimental wetlands can be viewed from the Sandefur Observation Pavilion with additional viewing opportunities of natural areas along the Olentangy Greenways Trail and paved paths throughout the site. For large groups visiting the grounds (10 or more) please provide advance notice to park staff at email@example.com.
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, a classroom, offices, and meeting spaces.
Chris Tonra, PhD
Chair, Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park
Associate Professor, School of Environment and Natural Resources