The following includes all the past director’s notes from the 2011 issues of Heartland Outdoor School’s newsletter, Nature Notes:


February 2011

Spring is here!  Well, at least it feels like it, although this Ohio weather can be tricky sometimes.  Never the less the Heartland OE staff is getting geared up for the spring OE season.  We are all anxiously awaiting the arrival of our first group of students so that we can implement the many new things we have been working on all winter.

Since Brandon and I took over leading the OE program in 2009, we have made a commitment to excellence.  We are committed to asking the question, “Is our program the best it can be, or can we make it better?”  We are continually looking at every aspect of the program to see how it can be improved.  Or goal is to provide you with the best OE program in the state.

With this in mind, here are a few of the things we have been working on.  First of all, we have been creating new classes and improving old ones.  See the above article for a few of these changes and be looking for more information to come on others that we are currently working on.  Another thing that we have added for teachers is the option of golf cart rentals while you are at camp.  Please contact Brandon or me for more information.  Other improvements include updates to the website, writing the newsletter, archived newsletters on the website, new trails, prairie grass area, new and improved themeing ideas, moving the flag pole and many more.

These are just a few of the many exciting improvements that we have made.  Many of these ideas came from you.  Thank you to everyone who filled out our survey, as it was very beneficial in knowing what to change and improve in our program.  If you did not receive the survey or could not fill it out and would like to, please let us know and we will send you a new one.

Once again we are excitedly looking forward to seeing you all this year and experiencing the great outdoors together.  See you soon….



October 2011

Heartland is Growing!

Since the birth of Heartland’s Outdoor Environmental School (OES) it has been our goal to always ask, “How can we improve our program?”.  We are continually planning, dreaming and working to answer this question and implement new ideas.  We are excited to see many of these plans, dreams and hard work starting to come to fruition.  We have seen a lot of growth over the last year, and because of our philosophy, we are confident that we will continue to grow.

What does growth mean to Heartland, you may ask?    Over the last year we have seen many new schools join our program, nearly doubling our numbers from the previous year.  We are excited to welcome all of the Dublin City Middle Schools as well as schools from Worthington, Olentangy, Pickerington, Columbus City, and several rural districts such as North Union and Elmwood.

Growth at Heartland also has meant the addition of 5 new OES staff.  With the influx of schools it was necessary to add four new teaching staff and an additional Health Officer, as well as several adjunct staff.  We are extremely excited about the quality and passion of these new staff members.  Other growth also includes many new hiking trails, a pond with a waterfall, new class offerings, and a new office for Brandon and me.

What does all this growth mean to you? It means that Heartland is committed to continual improvement of our program and offering you one of the best outdoor education programs in the state at a consistently affordable price.  We are committed to excellence and the growth of our outdoor school.  You can rest assured that each year you return to Heartland the program will be better than before.