Field Station Granted National Grant to Create Strategic Plan

by Billy Chandler
Emory & Henry College has been awarded a planning grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop an inaugural 5-year strategic plan for the Bartlett-Crowe Field Station.

Founded in 2015, the mission of the field station is to provide education, research and service opportunities in the Appalachian forest and river ecosystems by offering innovative field-based education programs and multipurpose research facilities.  Emory & Henry students use the station to conduct a wide variety of research projects including population dynamics of burrowing crayfish, and air particulate matter monitoring.  

“Developing a strategic plan is a critical first step toward achieving these goals. The plan will provide a framework for decision-making that emphasizes robust, long-term science and education objectives, and will guide the management and operation of the station in a way that is efficient, effective, and sustainable.”
Dr. Laura Hainsworth, Director of the Bartlett-Crowe Field Station

The Bartlett-Crowe Field Station is situated on a 72-acre property located on the Holston River in Southwest Virginia.  The field station offers students and researchers a remarkable variety of southern Appalachian terrestrial and aquatic habitats for study, including oak-hickory forest, successional meadows, wetlands, river frontage, streams, springs and ponds. The surrounding region hosts some of the most unique and diverse assemblages of salamanders, fishes, and freshwater mussels in North America.

In addition, the College uses the Bartlett-Crowe Field Station as a unique resource for enhancing STEM education initiatives by creating field-based integrative STEM opportunities for local teachers and students.

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