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About Mohican School…

Mohican School in the Out-of-Doors, Inc. is an outdoor environmental education organization located in rural Richland county near Butler, Ohio. Mohican School’s program enriches all phases of the elementary and middle school curriculum, meeting content standards in all areas. The Mohican Outdoor School experience is interdisciplinary with an emphasis on hands-on, experience-centered learning. While serving many grade levels, fifth and sixth grade makes up most of the student body in the resident program. Programs are offered in day trip experiences, and resident experiences lasting 3, 4, or 5 days. The school operates from September through May each year. Over 200,000 students from over 90 school districts have participated since 1961, when the school was founded. Mohican School in the Out-of-Doors, Inc. is a private, non-profit, 501 (c)(3) corporation.

The faculty and staff includes certified teachers and others with Bachelor's and Master's Degrees. Individuals with associate degrees, college students, college and high school interns, plus others with specialized skills complete the staff. All are rich in experience in outdoor education and environmental awareness.

In addition to the outdoor/environmental education program, Mohican Outdoor School offers outreach experiences at off-site locations such as schools and libraries, teacher workshops, day and resident summer camp, and other family events throughout the year.

Mohican Outdoor School’s History…

Mohican School traces its history to 1961 when Ron Reed experimented with a resident outdoor education program with Madison Local Schools in Richland County. In 1965 the project received a federal grant which lasted for three years until 1969, at which time the program was made available to districts from all over Ohio. In 1972 Mohican School became a non-profit corporation. In 1989 the Ohio Alliance for the Environment recognized Mohican School for its excellent contribution to environmental education in Ohio. Mohican School was also recognized by the Ohio Conservation and Outdoor Education Association (now known as the Environmental Education Council of Ohio – EECO) as an outstanding resident outdoor/environmental education program. During the decade of the 1990’s, Mohican School expanded its program to include day-trips and outreach programs, and began searching for a location to call “home” and build permanent facilities to be owned by Mohican School. That “home” was found at the historic Hemlock Falls site near Butler, Ohio. The Hemlock Falls Outdoor Education Center was opened in 1997 and provided an opportunity for a more developed day-trip program. In October 1999, Mohican School opened the Environmental Learning Center (ELC) on 210 acres, a complex including a lodge, dorms, classroom and office space. In 2002, Red Apple Lodge was opened and is used by visiting classroom teachers.   

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