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Augustana College Field Stations

Augustana College owns and manages three field stations, which are living libraries and outdoor laboratories for students, faculty and staff interested in the environment.

The field stations also promote the understanding and protection of Illinois native ecosystems through field-based education, research and other scholarly activities.

Green Wing Environmental Laboratory (15 acres; 80 miles to the east of campus) is made up of open field habitat with patchy wood lots and a stream, and is equipped with two buildings that can accommodate college groups of about 20 persons for 1-day excursions and overnight trips.

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Under the direction of Dr.'s Michael Reisner and Matthew Fockler, students enrolled in the special topics environmental studies course, ENVR380, prepared for field work in The Lodge, Green Wing's largest facility.

Collinson Ecological Preserve (67 acres; 6 miles south of campus) consists predominantly of upland hardwood forest and includes two high quality native loess hill prairie openings on a slope within the bluff overlooking Mill Creek. The Josua Lindahl Hill Prairies Nature Preserve is a 20-acre state nature preserve consisting of loess hill prairies and a geologically significant limestone cliff and lies within the Collinson boundaries.

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Students in Dr. Jenny Burnham's Soil Science class (GEOG306) visited Collinson Ecological Preserve to study the basics of soil morphology, classification, and mapping (25 Sept 2016)

Beling Ecological Preserve (97 acres; 4 miles south of campus) contains flood plain forest that is adjacent to and seasonally flooded by the Rock River.

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Looking west at edge of Rock River; Milan Beltway bridge is in view (center-left)
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In class with Swedish peers without leaving campus

When Augustana's Dymitri Kanellakis ’24 signed up for "SCAN-310A Crises in Sweden-US," he never expected eight of his classmates would be nearly 4,500 miles away at Uppsala University, Sweden.

Paige Lundborg

Academic opportunities in the lab, the marsh and on the beach

Three Augustana science students — Paige Lundborg, Bobby Nwachukwu and Audrey Zettler — made the most of their summer by taking advantage of opportunities on campus, in the Quad Cities and in another country.

An artist’s impression of the cat-like Pangurban egiae

Fossil's name recalls Augustana English class

A newly named 38-million-year-old catlike mammal will be called Pangurban egiae in honor of a scientist's fond recollection of his Augustana English class.