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.

Active Tours

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.

Waterfall from Geology Trek
Geology Trek

Follow one of the popular hiking trails at The Ridges, learning about local geological phenomena along the way.

Kids Nature Hike horse sculpture
Kids Nature Hike

Visit one of the many places children explore throughout The Ridges, learning about nature through the lens of a child.

Other languages: German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Vietnamese

Energy and Biofuels Tour building
Energy and Biofuels Tour

Explore sustainable innovations at The Ridges, including the Compost Facility, while following a scenic trail.

gallery from the art stroll
Art Stroll

See how art is integrated throughout the Athens Campus and around town. There are tabbed categories for multiple routes.

Birder’s Trails

Discover a diversity of bird habitats around Athens, encountering songbirds, swifts and shorebirds along the way.

The Ridges historical photo
The Ridges History Loop

This tour takes you around the Athens Asylum, including historical images and current-day photos.

path through trees
Wellness Walk

Trace a peaceful path at The Ridges, following guidance to connect with nature and practice self-care.

Other languages: Arabic, Chinese, Portuguese, Spanish

writing in book
Spring Poetry Stroll

Spend time reflecting on verse and immerse in the biodiverse.

writing in book
The Ridges Land Use History Tour

See how the forest and fields on The Ridges have been shaped by prior land use.

Alden Library

Library Tour
This tour highlights unique history and free resources/services from libraries across Athens County.

Hockhocking Adena Bikeway

Hocking Adena River and Bikeway Tour
Explore a stretch of the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway in Athens (travel distance: 8.5 miles).

tree on campus

Campus Green Tree Tour
Learn about the amazing variety of trees around Athens, discovering ways to identify different species.

Carnegie Hall building

Architectural Amble
Learn about local buildings designed by Ohio native Frank Packard, one of our state’s most prolific architects.

Carnegie Hall building

Black History Tour
Visit various landmarks in Athens that document some of its African American history.

Boyd Youngest

Women’s History Tour
Learn about our community’s distinguished women residents, alumni, and visitors.

Waterfall from Geology Trek
Children's Challenge Hike

Hike to the summit of Radar Hill at The Ridges, the highest point in Athens County, and learn things along the way!

Cavity Nesting Bird Tour

Follow this route to learn more about avian ecology at Ohio University, specifically Eastern Bluebirds and Tree Swallows.

Boyd Youngest

Ora Anderson Trail
This one-mile trail takes you around the Dairy Barn property, teaching you about the land and its inhabitants.

flowers on a hike

Kelly Campus Hike
Explore and learn about the Teton Science Schools Kelly Campus in Wyoming.

Coming Soon

Have an idea for your own educational tour? We are always open for ideas for additional routes. Send us your ideas at mappathens@ohio.edu and we’ll get back to you.

person with passion works artwork

How Passion Works: An Active Social Justice Tour
Join the movement to inspire and liberate the human spirit through the arts.

The mAppAthens Team

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.

Nancy Stevens
Team Leader

Emily Baxstrom

Emily Baxstrom
Writer, Editor

Megan Bulow

Megan Bulow
Communication Director

Colton Campbell

Colton Campbell
Subject Matter Expert for GIS Map Development

Elkan Kim

Elkan Kim
GIS Mapping Application Engineer

Kristi Large

Kristi Large
Graphic Designer

Ben Siegel

Ben Siegel

Jen Van Nostran
Project Manager


Did you learn something on your tour? Are there other things you think would be interesting to include? We know cellular signals can drop; that’s something we cannot control, but we would love to hear your thoughts on the experience.

Community Partners

Dairy Barn logo Athens Chamber of Commerce logo Southeast Ohio History Center logo