President Deborah F. Stanley, speaking at the Landmark Celebration of Rice Creek Field Station Oct. 3, 2013, said, “We gather at beautiful Rice Creek to rededicate our long-standing commitment to the environment on this 400-acre woodland site and to emphasize our increased commitment to research.”
Celebrating the dedication, with a crowd of current and former faculty members, alumni, community residents and students, the president noted that the original field station had been implemented nearly half a century ago. The dream, design and planning stages for the new Rice Creek lasted almost a decade, culminating with the reopening in the fall 2013 semester.
The president emphasized the varied uses of the field station, saying, “This is a place where the wild things are. It is embedded in the community.” She highlighted the important nexus of fieldwork in the natural environment with the research and teaching opportunities availabile in the 7,640-square-foot facility, which is designed to achieve LEED Gold Certification.
With its energy-efficient building, comprising well-equipped laboratories and classrooms, an observatory that houses a 16” Ritchey-Chretien-type reflecting telescope, and miles of trails providing access to varied terrain and habitats, Rice Creek Field Station is, Stanley says, “A place that brings the heavens and earth together.”
— Linda Loomis ’90 M ’97