Outdoor Education

Asbury property includes 450 acres of forest, fields and wetlands within the EagleCreek Valley. Approximately 80% of the property is wooded. Eagle Creek meanders through the property west to east. The property offers a tremendous resource for outdoor education. A diversity of animal and plant habitats are protected within the camp boundaries. The property is rich in both natural history and human history. Spring wild flowers and autumn colors are especially noteworthy. Small waterfalls, springs and rugged ravines are favorite hiking destinations at the camp. Five miles of marked trails invite hiking and nature study. In all seasons Camp Asbury is a sanctuary of natural and spiritual beauty. 82 acres of Asbury’s wetland are permanently protected by a USDA Wetland Reserve Program conservation easement.

Asbury has been a certified tree farm since 1981 and is managed with a Forest Stewardship Plan revised every five years with the assistance of an Ohio DNR state forester. Highly selective harvest of standing timber and salvage of damaged timber helps the camp manage its renewable natural resources and wildlife habitats. Best practices of sustainable forestry are followed at Asbury Camp and Retreat Center. A portion of Asbury’s Sugar Maple trees are annually tapped by neighboring farmers. Graded pure Ohio Maple syrup is available at the camp store.

Outdoor Education Program Opportunities

  • Stream Monitering
  • Sustainable Forestry best practices
  • Vernal Pond Discovery
  • Maple Syrup Prodcution
  • Star Gazing
  • Invasive Plant Identification
  • Nature Hikes
  • Geology
  • Bird watching
  • Pond Study
  • Watershed Study
  • Night Hikes

*Asbury staff can lead or provide equipment

Contact Asbury Camp and Retreat Center for a list of outdoor ed programs with which Asbury staff can offer assistance. Asbury welcomes the opportunity to host your school’s outdoor education or leadership event.