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 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

Visit to learn more about the Olentangy River Wetland Research Park.


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. Additional details for meeting spaces, including reservation information, can be found here:

Room Reservation Information and Request Form

Research and Teaching Activities

Individuals or groups interested in using the Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park for research and teaching activities can find use and reservation policies below:

ORW Research, Instructional, Outreach Form


Please call 614-292-9774 or email with any questions.


Contact Information

Mazeika S.P. Sullivan, PhD
Director, Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park
Assistant Director and Associate Professor, School of Environment and Natural Resources ––