Faculty and staff from The Ohio State University teamed up with the City of Hilliard to set up six ecology work stations at Latham Park, off Cosgray and Scioto Darby Roads, for high schools students to learn about careers in environmental science.

Students from Hilliard Davidson, Darby and Bradley high schools put on waders, viewed water samples through microscopes, and guided boats across the water to study fish and birds in the area. The program is the second this year, including last spring, where students gain knowledge about water quality and protecting natural habitats.

Hilliard City Schools and OSU partnered with the Norwich Fire Department, Ohio Department of Natural Resources Terra Aqua Club, and Franklin County Soil Water Conservation District to guide several groups of students through the outdoor classroom sessions, studying ecology and urban fisheries at the Latham Park pond.