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Spruce Run

A Brief History of Spruce Run
The Spruce Run Environmental Education Center is 50 acres of land near Hoover Reservoir. The land was deeded to the Columbus City Schools by Robert and Dorothy Patton in August, 1974. The Patton’s were proud of the wide variety of fauna and flora on the site and were dedicated to keeping the site in its natural form Their gift is evidence of their desire to share the site and to provide a unique place for environmental studies.

In September, 1984, the environmental studies center at Spruce Run was completed. The center includes a telephone, storeroom, restrooms, and a large classroom. There are two main trails at Spruce Run; a woods walk and a meadow/coniferous forest walk. The trail through the woods begins by the circular driveway. The trail through the meadow and the coniferous forest begins by the fire circle and the picnic tables.

During the 2010-2011 school year, Columbus City Schools in partnership with Lowes was awarded a grant to revitalize Spruce Run. As part of the revitalization project, a green house was installed and the facilities are being remodeled. The renovations will be complete during the 2012-13 school year. Columbus City School buildings may continue to reserve Spruce Run for use during the renovation process by contacting the Science Department at 365-5297.
Spruce Run is available for use by all Columbus City School buildings. Because of the renovations, new resources, new state standards and focus on the science practices, teacher training is REQUIRED for use of Spruce Run facilities.
For more information or if you have questions, please contact Geri Granger,  ggranger9556@columbus.k12.oh.us.

Training for Spruce Run includes the following:
  • Safety
  • Information (reservation information, Spruce Run information, Teacher expectations)
  • Weather Station (information and use)
  • Greenhouse (information and use)
  • Lab Activities for use at Spruce Run
  • Science Equipment available for use
Spruce Run Areas
Spruce Run Handbook and Safety Power Point:
Spruce Run Reservation Forms can be found in the handbook
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