STEM Outreach and Facilities to Visit

Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center

The Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center is focused on polar and climate studies. The Center’s mission is to engage in world-leading research, education, and outreach that enhance The Ohio State University’s programs in polar and alpine regions, cyrospheric processes, reconstruction of past climates, climate variability and change, and the impacts of climate on the environment and society. The center runs regular public programs, and group tours can be arranged.

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Contact the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center staff at with any additional questions.

Center for Applied Plant Sciences

The Center for Applied Plant Sciences (CAPS) supports interdisciplinary research that span the continuum between basic research and practical solutions to address challenges in four strategic areas, 1) photosynthesis and carbon fixation, 2) biomass and bioproducts, 3) crop improvement and functional foods, and 4) plant-microbe interactions. CAPS is committed to sharing science with the public through K-12 programming and community outreach events.

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Contact the CAPS Education & Outreach Specialist at with any additional questions.

Arabidopsis Biological Resource Center

Arabidopsis thaliana (Arabidopsis) is an important model system for plant science research. The Arabidopsis Biological Resource Center (ABRC) provides seeds and DNA resources for Arabidopsis and related species to researchers and educators worldwide. The ABRC Outreach program aims to bridge the gap between Arabidopsis research and science education. ABRC offers a variety of outreach programs available to school and community groups including field trips, classroom visits, school and community events and teacher workshops.

Contact ABRC staff at for additional information or to request a program.


Arne Slettbak Planetarium

The Arne Slettebak Planetarium is located in Smith Laboratory on The Ohio State University main campus in Columbus, serves the university and central-Ohio with educational programs in Astronomy and beyond. Operated since 1968 by the Department of Astronomy, it is a 63-seat 30-foot dome theater with a state-of-the-art Spitz SciDome XD digital projection system giving exquisite views of the night sky and takes you on digital journeys to the planets, stars, and distant galaxies

Contact planetarium staff at with any additional questions.


Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetlands Research Park

The Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetlands Research Park (ORWRP) is a 52-acre urban ecological site consisting of two experimental wetlands, an oxbow wetland, bottomland hardwood forest, a shortgrass prairie, and a mesocosm compound. The Heffner Research and Education Building  houses a 65-seat classroom, analytical and teaching laboratories, an experimental wet laboratory, offices, and meeting spaces. In 2008, the ORWRP was distinguished as a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance. The greater mission of the ORWRP is to acquire and communicate knowledge of water quality and aquatic ecosystems through research, teaching, and outreach. The ORWRP plays an important role in developing solutions to pressing environmental conservation and management issues in Ohio, nationally, and internationally.

The grounds are open to the public daily from dawn to dusk. For larger groups (10 or more), a guided tour, or more information, contact the park staff at


Director: Dr. Mažeika Sullivan (; Program Assistant: Andrea Webb (; Facilities Manager: Glenn Mills (

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