Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Service is a leader among public service schools, working in public-private partnerships to find solutions to challenges facing communities, the economy and the environment.
Ohio University at The Ridges
The Ridges extends Ohio University’s residential campus in Athens across the Hocking River. The University utilizes various spaces at The Ridges to serve its mission with a focus on experiential learning, research and community outreach and service.
Academic & Experiential Learning Facilities
Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Service
Ridges Land Lab
The Ridges Land Lab is a topographically and biologically diverse natural area for instruction and research in field biology, environmental geography and ecosystem ecology.
Currently, a tall-grass prairie restoration project is under way around Radar Hill to increase biodiversity of rare species once native to this area.
Ohio University is home to the largest in-vessel composting system at any college or university in the nation — our facility currently produces Class II Compost and Class IV Compost.
The University elected to employ this type of in-vessel composting system for management of all its food waste.
Ohio University Observatory
Ohio University's campus observatory is used for undergraduate teaching and public outreach, as well as public telescope nights for the Athens community. Astrophysical Institute faculty members sponsor programming at the observatory.
College of Fine Arts
The College of Fine Arts utilizes space at the ridges for graduate art studios. Their graduate students have dedicated spaces available to them to work on their artwork.
Edison Biotechnology Institute
The Edison Biotechnology Institute is a research institute whose interdisciplinary and entrepreneurial environment houses the development of new technology — and the transfer of that technology to the private sector to create companies, jobs and investment in Ohio.
Ohio University currently utilizes several buildings on The Ridges green. The Ridges houses academic and administrative space for the following: