We've been offering the free Environmental Lectures Series since 1991, and we'd be happy to have you join us. All lectures will be at 7:30 p.m. in the Ronk Lecture Hall of the Schar College of Education.
This center hosts 300 acres, spanning several habitats for you to conduct research and view species like: beaver, trumpeter swans, bald eagles, soras, and sandhill cranes.
We manage five environmental preserves that support undergraduate and faculty research and habitat conservation. The Preserve Manager Is Dr. Richard Stoffer. Students may become involved in studies of the biological and physical attributes and processes that characterize these preserves. Each preserve contains unique habitat and wildlife and thus offers a variety of study opportunities.
Other Parks and Preserves in the Area
The AU Rock and Ohio Flora Garden is located next to the SW entrance to the Kettering Science Center Building. It includes examples of many rock types, as well as examples of native Ohio plants that work well as garden and landscaping plants. The garden was made possible in 2007 by a donation from Dr. Elizabeth Richmond in memory of Samuel I. Richmond, whose efforts helped secure funding for the original Kettering Science Center building.
Learn more about the plant species in our garden:
- Sensitive fern (Onoclea sensibilis)
- Christmas fern (Polystichum acrostichoides)
- Jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)
- White Turtlehead (Chelone glabra)
- Foamflower (Tiarella cordifolia)
- Great White Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum)
- Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum)
- Black Cohosh (Actaea racemosa)
- Golden Alexanders (Zizia aurea)
- Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)
- Harebell (Campanula rotundifolia)
- Virginia bluebells (Mertensia virginica)
- Highbush Cranberry (Viburnum trilobum)
- American hophornbean (Ostrya virginiana)
- White Wood Aster (Eurybia divaricata)
- Woodland Sunflower (Helianthus divaricatus)
- Brown-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia sp.)
- Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)
- and more... (to be cont.)
Learn more about the rocks in our garden:
- Porphyritic Granite
- Mylonitic gneiss
- Garnet sillimanite gneiss
- Blastomylonitic Gneiss with Glacial Striations
- Garnet Gneiss
- Biotite-hornblende Gneiss
- Granitic Gneiss with Quartz-Feldspar Vein (Pegmatite)
- Oolitic Indiana limestone
- Mudstone with mud cracks
- Massillon Sandstone
- Garnet wollastonite skarn
- Anorthosite (Adirondacks)
- Diopside Rock
These resources are popular library databases that our science students choose to utilize semester after semester. NOTE: a student ID and password is required.
It's a part of college - completing an internship in the field. Start here by accessing some popular internship resources.
For NSF's REU site navigate to any desired field to find a research opportunity.
In addition to AU's financial aid program and Choose Ohio First scholarship program for science majors, there are other organizations interested in supporting the education and training of environmental science students in particular.
- The Ohio Environmental Science & Environmental Engineering Scholarship Program (Deadline May 1)
- C.R. Meyers Memorial Scholarship (Deadline April 15)
- Buckeye Trail Association Scholarship (Deadline April 1)