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Latham Park Educational Program to Continue this Fall

Posted September 7, 2018 in Community Alert by Anna Subler

The City of Hilliard and Norwich Fire Department are partnering with The Ohio State University, Hilliard City Schools and Terra Aqua Club to host the second Latham Park Educational Program. After a very successful first run last spring, the collaborative science program will resume this September with new partners—Ohio Department of Natural Resources and Franklin County Soil and Water Conservation District.

The program is split into classroom sessions and field day activities that take place at Clarence W Latham Educational Park pond, located at Cosgray Road and Scioto Darby Creek Road.

Starting Sept. 25, three separate groups of 30-50 students at Bradley, Darby and Davidson high schools will learn about careers in ecology and fish and urban fisheries from OSU Professors and staff who will visit their classrooms. Following the classroom sessions, students will have the opportunity to experience these topics first hand at the Latham Park pond.

On Sept. 25, 27 and 28, the City and OSU staff members will set up six educational stations at Latham Park and provide boats, waders and microscopes for students to explore communities of organisms living in the pond. The events are being coordinated by Urban Park Development LLC.

“This is the perfect opportunity for the City to improve upon its knowledge of water quality management,” said Clyde Seidle, Director of Public Service for the City of Hilliard.

“Through a collaboration with a developer who matched a grant that was awarded to the City, we are able to purchase the equipment needed to evaluate and manage Hilliard’s wetlands, learn from subject matter experts and provide hands-on education to our students,” he said.

Latham Park was originally built to be an educational nature park, and because of this program, it will soon be used for that purpose. After the event, the City plans to use the information gathered by OSU staff members to add educational signage to the park that will explain the species and wildlife living in the pond.