Graduate Science Camp

Graduate Science Camp: A Naturalist's Academy
July 23-24 & July 30-31, 2015

Don't just show up for college. Arrive prepared! Explore science and nature during two days of hands-on science at the 17,000-acre Edge of Appalachia Preserve System in Adams County, Ohio. Designed for ages 17-19, join us for our Graduate Science Camp and learn about local wildlife like butterflies, dragonflies, freshwater mussels, fish, land snails, birds, freshwater invertebrates, reptiles, amphibians, spiders and moths. 

As part of the summer camp, participants contribute to the preserve’s ATBI (All Taxa Biological Inventory), a 10-year effort to catalog every living organism on the Preserve. Some specimens will eventually become part of Museum Center’s permanent collection, so the academy covers proper museum collection techniques and documentation, too.

The Richard and Lucile Durrell Edge of Appalachia Preserve protects rare plant and animal species and more than 100 state endangered plants and animals. Sign up today and spend time with knowledgeable naturalists on the most biologically diverse area in Ohio (and the largest privately owned nature preserve in eastern North America, too). 


Sessions cost $150. Cost includes food, lodging, instruction, use of equipment and supplies. Cancellations received three weeks prior to the academy will result in a refund of payment minus a $25 processing fee. After three weeks, payment is nonrefundable.


All sessions begin on Thursdays at 10 a.m. at the Eulett Center in Adams County and end at 4 p.m. on Fridays. Participants will need to provide their own transportation to and from the preserve. Minimal driving around the preserve will also be necessary.


Participants are lodged in the modern, air-conditioned Rieveschl Chalet nestled on the southern portion of the preserve in Adams County located just 75 miles east of Cincinnati, 1.5 hours from downtown Cincinnati. Detailed driving directions provided upon registration.

Participation Note

Sessions are limited to 12 participants each. These programs, while not overly strenuous, are not recommended for those needing excessive medical attention or who must restrict their physical activity.


Special dietary needs may be accommodated with advance notification.

Health Care

Staff members are certified in first-aid and CPR; however a hospital is located approximately 18 miles from the Rieveschl Chalet if needed. Transportation is available at all times. Emergency 911 services are also available.


Staff consists of two full-time museum preserve staff members.                                                                   


Registration Information

Click here to download the registration form. Mail registration form and check payable to Cincinnati Museum Center to:

Chris Bedel, Preserve Director
Edge of Appalachia Preserve
4274 Waggoner Riffle Road
West Union, OH 45693

NOTE: Please do not mail, call or drop off registrations to Cincinnati Museum Center's Union Terminal location, as this will delay your registration's arrival to the preserve.

For more information, contact Preserve Director Chris Bedel at or 937-544-2880 (Ext. 11) or Ecological Manager Mark Zloba at (Ext. 12).