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WILD School Sites

WILD School Sites

WILD School Sites are considered an action extension of Project WILD and can involve any school property used by students, teachers, and the community as a place to learn about and benefit from wildlife and the environment. These sites function within the premise that every school, regardless of size and location, can provide outdoor educational opportunities that can and should be part of any integrated education program.

The Division of Wildlife provides four basic forms of assistance to schools and organizations that are interested in having an outdoor classroom:

Wildlife Education Grant Program

The Division of Wildlife offers Wildlife Education Grants to local schools, government agencies, non-profit organizations and other school-oriented facilities to start an outdoor classroom. Forty grants of $500 each are available every year. The grants are designed to provide funding for materials, equipment and activities that are otherwise unaffordable to the school or organization. These grants are not intended to be used as an ongoing source of funding for outdoor classroom projects. They are designed to be start-up grants for new sites or expansions of current sites. The grant packet can be downloaded and printed off from the link to the right. For more information about funding eligibility, contact the Wildlife Education Coordinator.

WILD School Site Consultations

The Division of Wildlife can provide assistance in helping you plan out your site. By contacting your local education specialist in your District Office, we can come to your facility and help you come up with ideas for lesson plans, habitat improvement projects, funding sources and more. This typically takes place in one visit. Visits can be coincided with outdoor club meetings, planning committee meetings, or teacher in-service days, depending on scheduling restrictions.

WILD School Site Workshops

A WILD School Site workshop is an ideal way to energize and inspire the teachers and staff of your facility toward the creation and utilization of your outdoor classroom. These workshop are typically done onsite where access to the outdoor classroom area allows for brainstorming and real application of ideas and activities that occur during the workshop. Workshop length can be tailored to the needs of the facility, but it is recommended to be at least four hours. WILD School Site workshops can also be conducted in conjunction with Project WILD to help educators have even more tools at their disposal to utilize their outdoor spaces for education.  Contact your District Office or the Wildlife Education Coordinator to schedule a workshop.

WILD School Site Certification

WILD School Sites that demonstrate curriculum development and habitat enhancement consistent with the goals of the WILD School Site program are eligible for certification as an official Ohio WILD School Site. Applications for certification are taken year-round. Once an application is submitted to the Wildlife Education Coordinator, an "inspection" will be scheduled, followed by a dedication ceremony for your site.

For more information, contact the Wildlife Education Coordinator at 1-800-WILDLIFE (945-3543) or outdoor.education@dnr.ohio.gov

Ohio Certified WILD School Sites

A list of certified WILD School Sites in Ohio.

SCHOOL NAME CITY COUNTY
ADENA INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL FRANKFORT ROSS
ALEXANDER HIGH SCHOOL ALBANY ATHENS
ALEXANDER LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT COMPLEX ALBANY ATHENS
ALLIANCE MIDDLE SCHOOL ALLIANCE STARK
ALPHA SCHOOL CROOKSVILLE PERRY
AMANDA CLEARCREEK SCHOOLS AMANDA FAIRFIELD
ANSONIA LOCAL SCHOOLS ANSONIA DARKE
ARROWHEAD PRIMARY SCHOOL COPLEY SUMMIT
ATHENS HIGH SCHOOL THE PLAINS ATHENS
AUBURN EARLY LEARNING CENTER CHAGRIN FALLS GEAUGA
BARRETT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AKRON SUMMIT
BARTLETT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CUTLER WASHINGTON
BASSETT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WESTLAKE CUYAHOGA
BATH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AKRON SUMMIT
BEREA HIGH SCHOOL BEREA CUYAHOGA
BISHOP FLAGET SCHOOL CHILLICOTHE ROSS
BLAKE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MEDINA MEDINA
BROADLEIGH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL COLUMBUS FRANKLIN
BRUNSWICK HIGH SCHOOL BRUNSWICK MEDINA
BUCKEYE CAREER CENTER NEW PHILADELPHIA TUSCARAWAS
BUCKEYE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MEDINA MEDINA
BUCKEYE VALLEY WEST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL OSTRANDER DELAWARE
CAESAR CREEK STATE PARK NATURE CENTER WAYNESVILLE WARREN
CANTON COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL CANTON STARK
CENTERVILLE PRIMARY VILLAGE SOUTH CENTERVILLE MONTGOMERY
CENTRAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SHELBY RICHLAND
CENTRAL INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL NEWARK LICKING
CHAMBERLIN HILL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FINDLAY HANCOCK
CHESTER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WOOSTER WAYNE
CHIEFTAIN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL LOGAN HOCKING
CHILDREN'S MEETING HOUSE LOVELAND CLERMONT
CITIZENS LEADERSHIP ACADEMY CLEVELAND CUYAHOGA
CITY OF KETTERING-HABITAT ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER KETTERING MONTGOMERY
CLAIRBORNE-RICHWOOD ELEMENTARY RICHWOOD UNION
CLARK CENTER ALTERNATIVE MARIETTA WASHINGTON
CLAY HIGH SCHOOL OREGON LUCAS
COLUMBUS JEWISH DAY SCHOOL NEW ALBANY FRANKLIN
CONNEAUT GATEWAY MIDDLE SCHOOL CONNEAUT ASHTABULA
CORNERSTONE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WOOSTER WAYNE
COSI-COLUMBUS COLUMBUS FRANKLIN
COUNTRY LIFE KIDS CAMP MEDINA MEDINA
CRESTVIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL BRUNSWICK MEDINA
DOBBINS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL POLAND MAHONING
DUBLIN JEROME HIGH SCHOOL DUBLIN UNION
DUNBAR PRIMARY SCHOOL TALLMADGE SUMMIT
EAGLE WINGS ACADEMY JACKSONTOWN LICKING
EASTERN LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT BEAVER PIKE
EDGEWOOD ELEMENTARY MARYSVILLE UNION
ELGIN HIGH SCHOOL MARION MARION
EPWORTH PRESCHOOL AND DAYCARE, INC MARION MARION
EVERGREEN CHILDREN'S CENTER BEAVERCREEK GREENE
FAIRBORN DIGITAL ACADEMY AT  BLACK LANE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FAIRBORN GREENE
FAIRFIELD CHRISTIAN ACADEMY LANCASTER FAIRFIELD
FAIRFIELD LOCAL SCHOOLS LEESBURG HIGHLAND
FIELDCREST MONTESSORI SCHOOL NORTH CANTON STARK
FISHCREEK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STOW SUMMIT
FOSTORIA COMMUNITY EARLY CHILDHOOD AND FAMILY CENT FOSTORIA HANCOCK
FRANKLIN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WADSWORTH MEDINA
FREEDOM ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WEST CHESTER BUTLER
GAHANNA CHRISTIAN ACADEMY GAHANNA FRANKLIN
GAHANNA MIDDLE SCHOOL SOUTH GAHANNA FRANKLIN
GANON GIL PRESCHOOL OF THE TEMPLE-TIFERETH ISRAEL BEACHWOOD CUYAHOGA
GRANGER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MEDINA  MEDINA
GREEN MIDDLE SCHOOL GREEN SUMMIT
GREEN PRIMARY SCHOOL GREEN SUMMIT
GREEN VALLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PARMA CUYAHOGA
GROWING MINDS LEARNING CENTER BERKEY LUCAS
HARTFORD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CROTON LICKING
HAWTHORNE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL LORAIN LORAIN
HAZEL HARVEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DOYLESTOWN WAYNE
HENRY COUNTY OUTDOOR EDUCATION CENTER NAPOLEON HENRY
HICKSVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL HICKSVILLE DEFIANCE
HIGHLAND HIGH SCHOOL MEDINA MEDINA
HIGHLAND LOCAL SCHOOLS MEDINA MEDINA
HIGHLAND MIDDLE SCHOOL MEDINA MEDINA
HIGHLAND SQUARE LIBRARY AKRON SUMMIT
HINCKLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL HINCKLEY MEDINA
HOLMESVILLE SCHOOL HOLMESVILLE HOLMES
HOPEWELL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WEST CHESTER BUTLER
HUBER RIDGE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WESTERVILLE FRANKLIN
INDIAN RIFFLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL KETTERING MONTGOMERY
JACKSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL RICHWOOD UNION
JACKSON MILTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL NORTH JACKSON MAHONING
JAMES A. GARFIELD HIGH SCHOOL GARRETTSVILLE PORTAGE
JEROME LIPPMAN JEWISH COMMUNITY DAY SCHOOL AKRON SUMMIT
KENDAL EARLY LEARNING CENTER OBERLIN LORAIN
KETTERING FAIRMONT HIGH SCHOOL KETTERING MONTGOMERY
LAKERIDGE ACADEMY NORTH RIDGEVILLE LORAIN
LEARWOOD MIDDLE SCHOOL AVON LAKE LORAIN
LEDGEVIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MACEDONIA SUMMIT
LEESBURG-MAGNETIC SPRINGS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MAGNETIC SPRINGS UNION
LEGEND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL NEWARK LICKING
LEGGETT STREET PRIMARY SCHOOL WAUSEON FULTON
LEROY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PAINESVILLE LAKE
LIBERTY COMMUNITY CENTER DELAWARE DELAWARE
LIBERTY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CALEDONIA MARION
LITTLE MIAMI CONSERVANCY EDUCATION CENTER LOVELAND WARREN
LITTLE PEOPLE PRESCHOOL CLINTON SUMMIT
LONDON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL LONDON MADISON
LOWELL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL LOWELL WASHINGTON
LYNN-KIRK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL YOUNGSTOWN MAHONING
MANSION DAY SCHOOL COLUMBUS FRANKLIN
MAPLE INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL NORTH OLMSTEAD CUYAHOGA
MASON CITY SCHOOLS ENVIRONMENTAL
STUDY AREA
MASON WARREN
MAUDE MARSHALL ELEMENTARY OXFORD BUTLER
McGREGOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CANTON STARK
McKINSEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ASHTABULA ASHTABULA
MEADOWVIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MILFORD CLERMONT
MECHANICSBURG PUBLIC LIBRARY MECHANICSBURG CHAMPAIGN
MEDINA COUNTY CAREER CENTER MEDINA  MEDINA
MEDINA HIGH SCHOOL MEDINA  MEDINA
MONTESSORI SCHOOL OF WOOSTER WOOSTER WAYNE
MORGAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL HAMILTON BUTLER
MORRISON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ATHENS ATHENS
MY PLACE CHILD CARE AND SCHOOL AGE CENTER NEWARK LICKING
NEW ALBANY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL K-1 BUILDING NEW ALBANY FRANKLIN
NEW RICHMOND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL NEW RICHMOND CLERMONT
NEW VIENNA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL NEW VIENNA CLINTON
NEWTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL NEWARK LICKING
NORTHSIDE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ALLIANCE STARK
NORTHWOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL NORTH CANTON STARK
NORWAYNE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CRESTON WAYNE
OBERLIN EARLY EDUCATION CENTER LORAIN LORAIN
OHIO BIRD SANCTUARY MANSFIELD RICHLAND
OLD TRAIL SCHOOL BATH SUMMIT
OUR LADY OF LOURDES SCHOOL TOLEDO LUCAS
PARK AVENUE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MT. GILEAD MORROW
PICKERINGTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PICKERINGTON FAIRFIELD
PLEASANT VIEW SCHOOL FOR ARTS CANTON STARK
POLAND NORTH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL POLAND MAHONING
POLAND UNION ELEMENTARY SCHOOL POLAND MAHONING
PREBLE COUNTY EDUCATIONAL SERVICE CENTER EATON PREBLE
PRECIOUS RESOURCES PRESCHOOL CHAGRIN FALLS GEAUGA
RALPH E. WAITE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MEDINA MEDINA
RAYMOND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL RAYMOND UNION
RIDGEWAY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL HAMILTON BUTLER
ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL COLUMBUS FRANKLIN
ROSWELL KENT MIDDLE SCHOOL AKRON SUMMIT
SAINT SUSANNA SCHOOL MASON WARREN
SETON CATHOLIC SCHOOL HUDSON SUMMIT
SHARON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SHARON CENTER MEDINA
SHAWNEE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WEST CHESTER BUTLER
SOUTH LEBANON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MAINEVILLE WARREN
SPRUCE RUN ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER-COLUMBUS CITY SCHOOLS GALENA DELAWARE
ST. FRANCIS DE SALES SCHOOL AKRON SUMMIT
ST. MARK SCHOOL BRUNSWICK MEDINA
ST. HELEN SCHOOL DAYTON MONTGOMERY
ST. JOSEPH MONTESSORI SCHOOL COLUMBUS FRANKLIN
ST. RITA SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF CINCINNATI HAMILTON
ST. ROSE SCHOOL PERRYSBURG WOOD
STAY AND PLAY EARLY LEARNING CENTER MCCONNELLSVILLE MORGAN
SYCAMORE JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL CINCINNATI HAMILTON
SYMMES VALLEY LOCAL SCHOOLS WILLOW WOOD LAWRENCE
TAFT (FAIR PARK) ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MARION MARION
TALAWANDA HIGH SCHOOL OXFORD BUTLER
THE COLLEGE OF WOOSTER NURSERY SCHOOL WOOSTER WAYNE
THE EARLY LEARNING CENTER AT
THE GLEN AT ST. JOSEPH
DAYTON MONTGOMERY
THE PLAINS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL THE PLAINS ATHENS
THOMAS A EDISON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL COLUMBUS FRANKLIN
TRIWAY JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL WOOSTER WAYNE
UNION ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WEST CHESTER BUTLER
UNION LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT-BELMONT MORRISTOWN BELMONT
UNION SCIOTO LOCAL SCHOOLS CHILLICOTHE ROSS
VAN BUREN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL VAN BUREN HANCOCK
VINCENT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL LORAIN LORAIN
VISINTAINER MIDDLE SCHOOL BRUNSWICK MEDINA
WADSWORTH MIDDLE SCHOOL WADSWORTH MEDINA
WASHINGTON JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL HAMILTON BUTLER
WAUSEON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WAUSEON FULTON
WEST GEAUGA MIDDLE SCHOOL CHESTERLAND GEAUGA
WESTERLY SCHOOL BAY VILLAGE CUYAHOGA
WESTERN RESERVE-ELLSWORTH
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
NORTH JACKSON MAHONING
WESTERVILLE CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL WESTERVILLE DELAWARE
WESTERVILLE NORTH HIGH SCHOOL WESTERVILLE FRANKLIN
WESTGATE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL EAST LIVERPOOL COLUMBIANA
WESTWOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL NOVELTY GEAUGA
WILDWOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MIDDLETOWN BUTLER
WILSON HILLS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WORTHINGTON FRANKLIN
WOOSTER HIGH SCHOOL WOOSTER WAYNE
YMCA ANDERSON FAMILY ENRICHMENT
CENTER-WOLF CREEK
MAUMEE LUCAS