Facility Access – Reservations

Public Access

The ORWRP is an approximately 52 acre facility located along the Olentangy River, just north of OSU’s main campus. The Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Researk Park (ORWRP) is open to the public from dusk until dawn for general, individual visits. We ask visitors to stay on the marked paths, and to respect the natural setting the ORWRP offers. Entrance to the park by car can be found along Dodridge Street near the corner of Olentangy River Road. Visitors can also gain access traveling both North and South along the Olentangy Bike Trail.

Research, Educational, and Outreach Activities; Space Rental; Tours


We also host research activities, meetings, educational groups, and tours. We strive to offer high-quality support for these research, instructional, and outreach activities. To meet this goal, we ask that you submit the following RESERVATION FORM TWO WEEKS prior to your proposed activity.


Heffner Building

Unit Week Day Rate Weekend Rate Weekday OSU Discounted Rate
Prairie Conference Room Day* $250.00 $375.00 $190.00
2-hr. $90.00 N/A 70.00
Pond Conference Room Day* $150.00 $225.00 $115.00
2-hr $55.00 N/A $45.00
Classroom Day* $350.00 $525.00 $265.00
2-hr $125.00 N/A $95.00
*Daily rentals are 8am – 4pm

Experimental Mesocosm Facility 

We have a newly renovated experimental facility with 64, 210-gallon tanks organized in clusters of 4. There is the option of river or groundwater, and there is shade cloth for the entire complex. By spring 2021, we anticipate continuous water-quality monitoring capability. Pricing is as follows:
$300 turnover/set-up fee + $150 per cluster of 4 tanks per week + $300 take-down/turnover fee.
Please note that there is no guarantee of availability.

Outside Natural Areas

Multiple natural ecosystems comprise the ORWRP including:
Experimental/Kidney Wetlands
Billabong/Floodplain Wetland
Floodplain/Bottomland Forest
Shortgrass Prairie
Riparian Areas
If you are interested in working/using any of these areas, please contact us for availability, pricing, and other information.
Please contact us at water@osu.edu with any questions. If you have attended and event or conducted activities on site, please fill out our feedback survey here.