Teaching and Research in the Lakeshore Nature Preserve

The Lakeshore Nature Preserve offers a rich environment for teaching and research activities—right on campus! Previous projects include ecological surveys, art installations, archaeological experiments, mapping, climate and biology labs, wildlife study, genetic material collections, and service learning.

We encourage teaching and research in the Preserve but need to protect its biological and cultural resources. If you teach classes or conduct research in the Preserve we request that you complete a teaching and research permit application.

Why do I need a permit?Biocore students collect water samples in Willow Creek.

  • Permits allow us to minimize conflicts between users, to control unsuitable uses, and to coordinate your project with campus security and restoration activities.
  • Permits allow us to share with administration the valuable role the Preserve serves as an outdoor laboratory for teaching and research.
  • As part of our stewardship of the Preserve, we archive information related to teaching and research activities. To accomplish this, we ask all research permit holders to submit a short end of project report or, for multiyear projects, an annual progress report.

Start a New Permit Application

Projects have the oversight of the Lakeshore Nature Preserve Program Manager. For more information, please contact:

Laura Wyatt
Program Manager, Lakeshore Nature Preserve

Photo of Biocore students collecting water samples from Willow Creek by Cathie Bruner.