Welcome to the Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park (ORWRP) at The Ohio State University’s Columbus campus. Here you will find information regarding the research, teaching, and outreach events that take place at the ORWRP as well as details regarding our Ramsar (Wetland of International Importance) designation.
The Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park (ORWRP) is a signature facility of the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University. The overarching mission of the ORWRP is to acquire and communicate knowledge of freshwater and riparian environments through research, teaching, and outreach. The ORWRP pursues basic and applied research at multiple levels of ecological organization – from microbes to ecosystems to landscapes. Because of its urban location, the facility is uniquely positioned to address complex questions related to coupled social-natural systems.
The ORWRP also provides training for undergraduate and graduate students as well as service to the community through environmental outreach and extension. Through these activities, the ORWRP plays an important role in developing solutions to pressing conservation and management issues.