2022 Educator Open House


Join us at the Educator Open House on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 from 6:30-8:30 pm as Miami University Oxford campus museum resources open their doors for extended hours to Tri-State area preK-12 educators.  Our facilities offer rich resources in the areas of natural history, art and material culture that can enhance preK-12 educational curricula.  This open house will introduce educators to both on-campus resources, and resources that can be borrowed for in-classroom enrichment.

Participating Museums include: Hefner Museum of Natural History, Karl E. Limper Geology Museum, McGuffey House and Museum, Miami University Art Museum and Project Dragonfly.

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Location and Parking

The Open House will be hosted across multiple locations on the Oxford Campus of Miami University.  Ample parking is available.

Printable PDF Parking Map

The Hefner Museum of Natural HistoryKarl E. Limper Geology MuseumMcGuffey House and Museum, and Project Dragonfly can all be accessed easily from central campus parking locations, such as 

  • CPA East lot (420 S. Patterson Ave.) -Free after 6pm
  • Cook Field West lot (entrance on Route 73) - Free after 6pm
  • Cook Field South lot (entrance on Patterson Ave) - Free after 6pm
  • MacMillan Hall lot (531 E. Spring St., enter from Maple St.) - Pay at kiosk
  • Maple Street North of Center Dr. (Maple) - Both, metered spaces and free spaces available after 6pm
  • Shriver Center East lot (701 E. Spring St. enter from Patterson Ave.) - Metered spaces
  • Shriver Center West lot (701 E. Spring St. enter from Maple St.) -  Pay at kiosk
  • Warfield lot (451 E. Spring St. enter from Oak St.) -Free after 6pm
Miami University Art Museum, 801 S. Patterson, Oxford, OH has its own parking lot. (Free)
For more information on parking, visit Miami University Parking Areas.


This event is free and open to all K-12 educators in our region. Please register by September 19. 

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Karl E. Limper Geology Museum

Karl E. Limper Museum

The Karl E. Limper Geology Museum, located in Miami University's Shideler Hall, provides displays of quality geological specimens designed to help visitors better understand and appreciate basic geological concepts, the important links between geology and everyday life, and how geologic processes have shaped our planet over its 4.5 billion year history and continue to shape it today. Visitor experiences can range from guided tours and informal discussions to presentations on a variety of geological topics to field trips to local areas of interest. For more information, click here to visit our website or send an email to hauerkl@miamioh.edu.

Hefner Museum of Natural History

Hefner Museum

The Hefner Museum connects children to the natural world through its educational programming and outreach. Hefner staff provides guided tours, inquiry activities, specimens for loan, nature-themed games, puppet plays, scavenger hunts and more.  Our popular Discovery Trunks, 

complete with standards-aligned lessons, specimens and literature, enhance science instruction for all ages.  For additional information on educational resources or tours, visit https://miamioh.edu/hefnermuseum

Project Dragonfly

Miami University Project Dragonfly
Housed in Miami’s Department of Biology, Project Dragonfly is an education initiative offering master’s degree programs and stand-alone course opportunities in biology, sustainability, education, ecology, and conservation.  Dragonfly students embrace community innovation and education while championing inquiry-driven learning and shared action to support a better, more collaborative, just, and sustainable future. For more information, visit https://projectdragonfly.miamioh.edu/

Miami University Art Museum

Miami University Art Museum
With 5 galleries of thought-provoking art and artifacts, Miami University Art Museum puts object-based learning on full view. Students make important connections to peoples, places, and times through a variety of experiences, including educator-led visits, guided tours, hands-on activities and classroom materials. Please contact artmuseum@miamioh.edu well in advance for availability or visit https://miamioh.edu/artmuseum for more information.

McGuffey House and Museum

McGuffey House and MuseumMcGuffey House and Museum, a National Historic Landmark located in on the campus of Miami University, collects, preserves, interprets and exhibits materials relating to the life of William Holmes McGuffey, the McGuffey Eclectic Reader series, the history of Miami University, and 19th century domestic life and architecture of southwest Ohio. For more information, visit https://miamioh.edu/cca/mcguffey-museum/

Check it out...

Image showing the contents of a Hefner Museum Discovery Trunk
Miami University's Museum educational resources are available for your instructional use. Resources may include tours, digital resources and loans, such as the Hefner Museum Discovery Trunks, pictured above. For more information, please see the links and contact information of each museum.


For additional information on this event, please contact Julie Robinson, Director of the Cecilia Berg Center for Environmental Education, at 513-529-4618 or robins48@miamioh.edu