Facilities

The field station consists of a 360-acre parcel of land, with more than 200 acres of beech-maple forest, a cold-water stream, two ponds, old fields of varying ages, young forests, crop fields, a two-mile interpretive nature trail, a waterfowl observation building and meeting center, a lab building with student research areas and natural history displays, experimental agricultural fields and an aquatics building that includes an experimental stream and two containment pools. Station research projects are conducted in the areas of aquatic and terrestrial ecology, agroecology and animal behavior. Students involved in these projects gain valuable research experiences and make contacts with other students and faculty through presentations of their work at professional meetings.

The field station's buildings, animals, natural and semi-natural areas are maintained entirely by college students under the direction of a full-time director. Student workers involved with groundskeeping also gain experience with woodworking, landscaping and trail maintenance. Teaching experience is gained through the nature education outreach programs. These programs, which are developed and executed by Hiram students, are designed to educate pre-college students about the natural history of Northeast Ohio and such critical issues as habitat preservation and conservation of natural resources.

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