The OHIO Museum Complex presents an outdoor museum exploration tool for
campus and community.
A keystone of the OHIO Museum Complex, mAppAthens is a web-based app for self-guided education. The name reflects the idea of a mapping app for Athens and the surrounding community: Map + App + Athens = mAppAthens.
Curated by OHIO professor Nancy Stevens, this interdisciplinary collaborative project offers online maps that can be leveraged as outdoor museum tours to engage visitors of all ages in active, place-based learning experiences to explore an array of topics including art, wellness, history, geology, ecology, and more.
Below are suggested place-based learning routes that have been provided by local experts. Explore these tours throughout the region using your mobile device; you will travel from stop to stop, reading information at each location and following the directions provided. You will see photos and a map of your tour route in the app.
Choose your adventure below. Once your tour opens, tap the down arrow (or in some cases, select a grey tab) to begin the self-guided route. For the app to function correctly, you will need either cellular service or internet access. Keep in mind that your cell signal may drop during one of the walks, but we have included photos and directions to help you. If your signal does drop, try to enjoy the scenery and follow the trail on the app. And most importantly, have fun!
Note: For those with limited mobility, the accessible option is to click through the tours virtually instead of in person.
Follow one of the popular hiking trails at The Ridges, learning about local geological phenomena along the way.
Visit one of the many places children explore throughout The Ridges, learning about nature through the lens of a child.
Explore sustainable innovations at The Ridges, including the Compost Facility, while following a scenic trail.
See how art is integrated throughout the Athens Campus and around town. There are tabbed categories for multiple routes.
Discover a diversity of bird habitats around Athens, encountering songbirds, swifts and shorebirds along the way.
This tour takes you around the Athens Asylum, including historical images and current-day photos.
Trace a peaceful path at The Ridges, following guidance to connect with nature and practice self-care.
Spend time reflecting on verse and immerse in the biodiverse.
See how the forest and fields on The Ridges have been shaped by prior land use.
Hocking Adena River and Bikeway Tour
Campus Green Tree Tour
Black History Tour
Kelly Campus Hike
Have an idea for your own educational tour? We are always open for ideas for additional routes. Send us your ideas at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get back to you.
How Passion Works: An Active Social Justice Tour
Join the movement to inspire and liberate the human spirit through the arts.
Women’s History Tour
Learn about our community’s distinguished women residents, alumni, and visitors.
The mAppAthens team was formed after Dr. Nancy Stevens submitted a project proposal for support from the 2017 Academic Innovation Accelerator. The team comprises Ohio University faculty and staff with strong skills in the various areas needed to bring mAppAthens to life and see the project to fruition.
Jen Van Nostran
Subject Matter Expert for GIS Map Development
OIT Business Analyst