Rieth Interpretive Center


The Rieth Interpretive Center’s primary purpose is education, with a focus on interpreting the natural, cultural, and industrial heritage of our community. Through its programs and its use opportunities, the Center will exemplify the concept of reconciliation between man and environment. The Center provides universal access to all of its educational opportunities.

Hours: Open to the public on Tuesday - Thursday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., and open Fridays and Mondays by appointment for programs, activities, & events. Located at Millrace Park, 410 W. Plymouth Ave. 


Nature Hikes: Take a walk in the woods as we look for spring wildflowers, signs of bird nests, wildlife habitats and new leaves on trees. Join us in observing nature and the changing seasons. 

School and Community Programs:  Schedule a field trip to the Reith Interpretive Center for your school group, club, scouts, home school, church group, or seniors group. We will create a program based on your interest, complete with a nature hike and an indoor presentation.

Program topics include, but are not limited to, those listed below:

The Seasons- Using Our Senses Outdoors; Food Chains- Dissect Owl Pellets; Night and Day; Recycling; Nature Hikes; Bird Walk; Conservation/Preservation; Geology; Regional History; Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED); Environmental Responsibility; Green Home and Business; Sustainability; Brown Bag Lunch Programs.

We also offer a variety of programs that allow scouts to achieve outdoor and environmental badges while enjoying the Rieth Interpretive Center, The Larry L. Beachy Classified Forest, Millrace Canal, Wetlands, Trails, etc.

To schedule school programs, environmental education, or to get further information on organized hikes, call the Goshen city forester, Aaron Sawatsky-Kingsley, at 574-537-0986.

Also, check out the Aaron's latest column in The Goshen News!