We Need Your Help!
There are many opportunities to get involved with the Waterloo Aquatic Education Center! Be sure to check the News and Events page for upcoming activities!
The mission of the Waterloo Aquatic Education Center (Waterloo AEC), located at the intersection of State Routes 356 and 56 near New Marshfield, is:
“to create aquatic science educational opportunities for nurturing an appreciation for our local landscape, to promote conservation of our natural resources and to halt watershed degradation with the involvement of our community by developing an aquatic education center available to all citizens.”
The Waterloo Aquatic Education Center (AEC) is a laboratory formerly used for research by the ODNR Division of Wildlife. The building, which includes a library, a laboratory, and offices, is located along Hewett Fork, a tributary to Raccoon Creek, and is on the Waterloo Wildlife Area. The surroundings consist of a stream, two ponds, and many vernal pools. The area of approximately 3000 acres is directly connected to Zaleski State Forest and continues on to Lake Hope State Park. The Wildlife area is actively managed for ruffed grouse habitat and is the site of many research projects including Wild Turkey surveys, fawn surveys, mast surveys, bat habitat enhancement, and blue bird nest box projects. Thirty-five hiking trails are marked and cover the entire area.
Currently, Raccoon Creek programs bring school groups, youth groups, and local environmental groups to this area for science field days and environmental science workshops. Two miles from the Waterloo site, the Carbondale AMD treatment doser is actively enhancing the quality of the watershed.
A work in progress, the AEC will be a valuable resource for generations to come. It will be used by local schools for science field trips and to help students develop a relationship with our local landscape. Aquatic science education will be the focus, along with the exploration of the entire watershed and its related ecosystems. Blinds for birding and wildlife observation can be built to diversify educational possibilities. Microscopes, a stream table, a model of the Raccoon Creek Watershed, enviroscapes, and a research library with a computer station will enhance the quality of instruction. Issues such as watershed degradation, the role of riparian zones, acid mine drainage, environmental research, and ecosystem health will be addressed. All lessons and activities will be linked to the new science academic standards developed by the department of education. A historical mural will help to connect the science with our cultural heritage. The long term plan for this site is to use solar power along with other green energy sources.
The Waterloo Aquatic Education Center will be a resource used by everyone and maintained by a collaboration of groups and volunteers.
Don’t Throw Away Those Old Dishes, Plates, Cups…!
To avoid using disposable dinnerware at meetings, the Waterloo Aquatic Education Center is in need of plates, cups, bowls, eating / serving utensils, etc. If you have any of these items in useable condition that you wish to donate, please contact Heike Perko. Thank you very much!
For more information or to volunteer with the Waterloo Aquatic Education Center, please contact: