LeSuer Nature Preserve
The LeSuer Nature Preserve was designed with a goal of serving the public as an educational and recreational area, as well as preserving and restoring habitat for native species.
LeSuer,covering 16.5 acres, is within an easy 10-minute walk from campus and provides opportunities for field classes and research. Rolling hills bisected by a large stream offer upland grassland, forest, riparian, and aquatic habitats for study. Restoration of the entire area to pre-settlement conditions (including 5 acres of native tall grass prairie) provides abundant opportunities for student research. Water quality monitoring and aquatic ecology studies are also possible in the stream.
LeSuer Nature Preserve was purchased in 1997 with gift from former trustee William LeSuer ‘42 and Arlene Snow LeSuer ’42.
Not shown, the college also owns the Hamilton Research pond, located about one block from campus, which features unique cypress trees and cypress knees rising from the pond. The Hamilton Research Pond is used for biological research.