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Facilities

The Ronald R. Rhein Environmental Study Area

This thirty-acre parcel of land near the Kutztown University campus is maintained as an ecological preserve and study area. Since this area has not been farmed for at least thirty years, it is a fine example of old-field succession in Berks County. The variety of habitats present in the preserve provide excellent cover for many birds, mammals, and other vertebrates, as well as invertebrates. Ecology, botany, entomology, and limnology courses regularly use the preserve as an outdoor laboratory. In addition, students and faculty often conduct research at the preserve.

Kutztown University Wetland
Kutztown University's Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center is the site of a protected wetland that is used as an instructional resource and on-campus research site. A number of courses make use of the wetland for field-based laboratory exercises, including Taxonomy of Vascular Plants, Introduction to Environmental Science, Ecosystems Ecology, and Entomology.

Kutztown University Greenhouse
Kutztown University has a modern greenhouse facility that is used to support botany and ecology courses, as well as faculty/student research projects.

Specialized Equipment
Environmental Science students benefit from the use of specialized equipment in the Biology and Physical Sciences Departments that has been supported in part by a number of grants from the National Science Foundation. The National Science Foundation provided $156,981 in funding for LIMSport to support extensive use of computers in CHM 100/101 and CHM 102/103. Students in the Environmental Science Program will benefit greatly from the Biology Department's acquisition of two National Science Foundation CCLI grants, one for $118,578 (including matching funds) for equipment to outfit a digital imaging laboratory to provide students with hands-on use of digital imaging technology in a large number of Biology courses, and second for $149,624 (including matching funds) for equipment to study environmental effects on organisms.  In addition, students are benefiting from two other curriculum-based NSF grants obtained by the Physical Sciences Department totaling $169,646 (including matching funds).