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NKU Field Station


Northern Kentucky University invites you to celebrate the grand opening of its new Research and Education Field Station in Melbourne, KY on Saturday, May 20.

The Field Station is located adjacent to the St. Anne Woods & Wetlands and the Ohio River. It allows students from all disciplines to observe and enjoy nature, while providing an “in the field” opportunity to learn. According to Dr. Richard Durtsche, NKU Field Station Director, these experiences are where students really make a connection, and he wants to share that with the community.

“When you’re standing in the middle of the wetlands, it’s very hard to believe that you’re only 10 miles from downtown Cincinnati. Everyone needs a place to connect with nature and a facility to learn,” said Dr. Durtsche. “This is what Northern Kentucky has been missing, and now the Field Station and associated St. Anne Woods and Wetlands provide that experience close by. It’s a 15-minute drive from campus, and the natural areas offer an enjoyable place to spend an afternoon with the family.”

NKU Field Station

The grand opening will showcase Northern Kentucky’s family friendly nature center. Events are scheduled from noon until 5 p.m., with a turtle race, a scavenger hunt, and a frog jumping contest. Kids can learn how to make a fairy garden, and the whole family can take a guided nature tour through the wetlands. NKU students will be on hand to explain their coursework and the research being conducted at the Field Station.

What: Grand Opening Event for NKU’s Field Station

When: Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Where: NKU’s Research and Education Field Station

            99 Harrison Ct., Melbourne, KY 41059

People are encouraged to wear their rain boots and pack a picnic lunch. The Field Station plans to offer continued programming including a “Talk and Walk” nature series as well as a summer camp for kids. For more on NKU’s Field Station, please click here.