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Important Reminder: No Sticks or Poles on Signs

Since the rally is at the Statehouse, we will need to follow their security rules, and that means no sticks or poles. Security WILL take them away if they see them, so please bring a sign that can be easily carried without a pole - or make one to wear!We also encourage you to think about sustainability when making you sign. We encourage creative use of re-purposed, recycled and recyclable materials. Also note that painted signed cannot be recycled (though ink and markers are fine.)

What is the route?

The starting point of the March is the West Lawn of the Ohio Statehouse. The march will end at Columbus Commons, where participants can join the Earth Day festivities planned by Green Columbus. See below for a map of the route!

How do I get there, and where do I park?

Metered street parking is available on many of the streets surrounding the march area. Meters will be closed along the march route and at Columbus Commons. There are several parking garages convenient to the statehouse and commons:  

We also strongly encourage you to check out the COTA routes coming into downtown. This is the greenest (and cheapest) way to get to the march! Seniors (65 or older), disabled riders and Medicare card holders can get a COTA card in advance for just $1. Kids 12 and under are reduced price or free depending on height. Check out their routes  here.

How can I support the march?

Spread the word! Follow, like and share our posts on social media, and tell your friends and colleagues about the march. You can also support us financially through Sigma Xi or by buying our tee shirts. Sigma Xi is a registered 501(c)(3) and is acting as our fiscal partner for the march. All donations made to Columbus March for Science through Sigma Xi are tax deductible.

Please click HERE to be taken to our official donation page.

For sponsorship opportunities, contact us at sciencemarchcbus@gmail.com.

Are donations secure?

Yes. Clicking on the donation link will send you to a secure website through Sigma Xi. Columbus March for Science does not collect or store your credit card information.

Why is Columbus March for Science raising funds?

We are going through official channels with the city to ensure that the Columbus March for Science is a fun, safe and family-friendly experience. This approach means we have many expenses, including permits, space rental, event insurance, emergency services, port-a-potties, A/V equipment, and physical infrastructure for speakers and teach-in activities. We expect these costs to be $5,000 - $10,000, far above what organizers can pay for themselves. All funds will go directly to march activities. Any remaining funds will be used for additional educational and outreach activities or donated to a local non-profit dedicated to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education.

Who else supports the march for science?

The March for Science is now an international movement and has attracted the support and endorsement of many science-based organizations, including the American Academy for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Sigma Xi, the National Center for Science Education and the American Association of University Professors, as well as discipline-focused groups such as the American Geophysical Union, the Society for Neuroscience and the American Society of Cell Biology. A complete list of the growing number of organizations endorsing the March for Science can be found at https://www.marchforscience.com/partners/.

Will I be safe at the March?

The Columbus March for Science will be fully permitted and insured. We are working with the city of Columbus and with local law enforcement and emergency services to ensure that this event is safe and welcoming for everyone. As with any public event, attendance is entirely at your own risk, and we cannot take responsibility for the actions of everyone who attends. However, we are making every effort to ensure that this is a positive, safe and family-friendly event for attendees of all ages. If you plan on attending the march, please see the participation waver here.

What happens after the March for Science?

Both the national March for Science organization and the Columbus March for Science team hope to keep the momentum going after the march is over. Depending on community interest and the continued commitment of our volunteer team, we may continue as an organization dedicated to advocacy for public science, science-based policies and STEM education. Stay tuned after the march for more!



Who will be speaking at the Columbus March for Science Rally?

  • Elizabeth Brown, Columbus City Council, Chair of Economic Development, Education, and Environment Committees
  • Dr. Larry Feth, Professor of Speech and Hearing Science, The Ohio State University
  • Michael Goldman, Conservation Manager at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center
  • Dr. Beth Liston, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, Associate Program Director of Part1, Director of Research and Scholarship, Division of Hospital Medicine and Department of Internal Medicine
  • Dr. Mark Peeples, Professor, Department of Pediatrics, The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Principal Investigator, Center for Vaccines & Immunity, The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital

How accessible is the
March?

Science is for everyone, and we want the march to be, too. We encourage marchers with special needs to come early.

  • We will have an ASL interpreter on site for the rally. We do not have the ability to project her image, so please plan to come early and find a spot close to the stage.
  • Handicapped parking and electric wheelchair charging stations can be found on the Green level of the Statehouse underground parking garage. There are elevators up to ground level from here, and flat sidewalks around to the west side plaza.
  • The march length is just over .5 miles and on fairly level ground.
  • If you have questions, email us at sciencemarchcbus.gmail.com.

Can I help on March day?

We still need volunteers to help out on the day of the march - especially parade marshals, tear down and litter control!  If you can help us out, sign up  here.  

Please note that we will need volunteers for set-up, parade marshals, and first aid there by 8:00 a.m. at the Statehouse West Lawn on march day for orientation and set up activities. Volunteers for clean up/tear down and trash duty should be there by 9:00 a.m.

Who is the Columbus March for Science?

Columbus March for Science is an adamantly nonpartisan group made up of scientists, educators, and science enthusiasts who have joined to represent Columbus in the globally coordinated Marches for Science. We include people of all backgrounds and beliefs, united by a love of science and a conviction that science has an important role to play in public life. Columbus March for Science, LLC is now a registered non-profit in the State of Ohio.

Why are we marching for science?

Science is the foundation of our modern life and economy. We believe that:

government policies for healthcare, education, environmental protection, agriculture and food safety should be based on scientific evidence;

everyone deserves clean air, clean water and a safe food supply;

climate change, ecosystem destruction and pollution are urgent problems needing fact-based answers;

and, scientific truth should never be censored.

Unfortunately, right now many of these principles are under attack. The March for Science began as a grassroots effort supported by citizens and scientists concerned about changes in federal policy and the proposed federal budget that could threaten critical scientific work by federal agencies. Additionally, many researchers have expressed concern that research on climate change, clean energy, environmental health and other disciplines has been targeted for politically-motivated suppression. We are marching to draw attention to these important issues and remind the public why science is so important to our society.

Do I have to be a scientist to march?

No! The Columbus March for Science is open to ALL people who care about science and science-based policies. We hope to see many teachers, students, and science enthusiasts of all ages join us at the march.

How can I help?

If you would like to participate in planning the march, please fill out the google form here and we will get in touch!

Isn’t science apolitical?

Yes. The march is non-partisan, but it is absolutely intended to have an impact on policy makers.

Is this an anti-Trump march?

No. The anti-science bias has been growing in our culture and in our government for some time. There are specific concerns that many scientists and science supporters have about policies announced by this administration, especially the intention to defund much of the work of the EPA, curtail climate change research conducted by NOAA, and make other cuts to research and science communication activities by federal agencies. However, the march itself is a non-partisan, pro-science event. We hope to see many supporters from both sides of the aisle there.

Why do we need government-supported science?

Federal support of science, research and technology innovation is critical to promote the health and well-being of our citizens, ensure a safe and sustainable energy supply, protect the environment, and nurture the innovations that will drive our economy in the future. Federal agencies are involved in many vital science programs, including environmental cleanup projects and oversight by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), public health research conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), oversight of drug and food safety by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and foundational research in climate change and clean energy conducted by the Department of Energy (DOE), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NASA. These programs cannot be adequately replaced by private industry or state-level initiatives. Additionally, federal grants support basic and applied research at universities, research organizations and tech start-ups that will one day lead to science-based solutions for societal problems as well as the development of entirely new industries that will grow our economy. Loss of federal support for scientific research could set important work back by decades, to the detriment of our citizens, the environment, and the economy.

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