Lycoming College Students Take Their Learning Outdoors


WILLIAMSPORT, LYCOMING COUNTY(WBRE/WYOU-TV) – Instead of bringing wildlife lessons inside the local college in Lycoming County is bringing the classroom outdoors.

A new initiative has been established to help with experimental learning and research.

Lycoming College’s new biology field station is here to help students get a closer look at the environment.

This land depicts all of the beauty that nature has to offer.

That’s why the 116 acres are the perfect spot for students to do their field work in courses such as ecology, biology and plant science.

“It’s got wetlands and forested area, we have Loyalsock Creek here in the background,” said Director of the Clean Water Institute, Dr. Mel Zimmerman.

“Oh it’s fantastic. Not a lot of colleges around this area have such a large plot of land for students to experience,” said Senior at Lycoming College, Stefan Little.

Before this living classroom was made available, Lycoming College students would have to schedule field trips on other private or public lands.

“But having something that we could set up long term experiments or long term research or have our own property, will just enhance the experience we can provide our students,” said Dr. Zimmerman.

“This is going to be a lot more convenient with assessments and logging data on especially bodies of water throughout the summer,” said Little.

This farmhouse which dates back to the 1850’s located here at the field station, has potential to be used as an outdoor classroom.

Once it’s clear to use, Dr. Zimmerman along with other students plan on sprucing it up..they say it will also be great for outdoor camping and getting a closer look at animals in their natural habitat.

“Bears and bobcats in this area too,” said Dr. Zimmerman.

The Lycoming Biology Field Station is a nonprofit corporation and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lycoming College.

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