field stations

Hiram features two biological field stations. Both are active research and educational facilities that deliver enrichment and inspiration for students in all majors.

Image: Class looking at wildlife at the field station


Our Field Stations are proud members of the Organization of Biological Field Stations, and the Lake Erie Allegheny Partnership for Biodiversity.

Being involved at the James H. Barrow Biological Field Station has opened so many doors for me. I have been able to interact and care for injured and orphaned wildlife: raptors, songbirds, small mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. I have also been able to delve deeper into my love for reptiles through population surveys where the weight and length of our native snake species are recorded weekly in our onsite snake biomonitoring program.

Claire Partin ’25, Biology and Environmental Studies Major

Student Engagement

Hiram College takes an interdisciplinary approach to education, ensuring that you have the skills necessary to make a positive impact on the world. No matter what your course of study is, you can learn about the natural world, sustainability, or whatever your interests are through programs offered at the James H. Barrow Field Station.

Student working on land management at the Field Station

Ecomanagement and Land Stewardship

Land Stewardship

The Field Station places a large emphasis on ecological management, habitat restoration, and sustainable landscaping. Students have opportunities to be involved in the maintenance of the Field Station’s 550-acres of land, including the 20-acre Hils Vista, which is a part of the Field Station’s Grasslands program. 

Animal Care and Husbandry

Animal Care and Husbandry

Animal Care and Husbandry

The Field Station serves as a rehab center for endangered animals, and is home to over 20 animal ambassadors. The Field Station’s animal ambassadors serve as educational ambassadors for outreach events, children’s camps, and public appearances. The care of these animals also teaches student workers a myriad of skills.  Students learn the correct way to care for animals, to provide them with the right food, medical care and enrichment.

Education and Outreach

Education and Outreach

Education and Outreach

Education and community outreach are two of the cornerstones of the Field Station. Programming often engages the larger Hiram community through summer nature camps, developing field trips and visiting classrooms, creating educational displays, and planning programming for both the community and College.

Student conducting scientific research of bees with a microscope

Scientific Research

Scientific Research

The Field Station hosts a variety of both faculty- and student-led ecological research projects that are used for classes, internships, and capstone projects. Recent research projects have included monitoring cavity and ground-nesting bee populations, assessing the effects of beech leaf disease in an old growth forest, and examining population genetics of unisexual Ambystoma salamanders.

Sustainability Coordinator working in the Field Stations greenhouse



Hiram College offers a wide variety of ways to get involved in Sustainable Development. Opportunities at the Field Station involve student jobs, sustainable landscaping internships with Hiram’s Sustainability Coordinator, and involvement in groups such as the Garden Pals Cooperative, which grows food for the animals at the Field Station. The Field Station also partners with Hiram’s Sustainable Development Committee to bring environmental change to Hiram’s campus through initiatives such as their composting program. 

James H. Barrow Biological Field Station

Database and Geographic Information System (GIS)

Database and Geographic Information System (GIS)

Students gain important skills that can be used for a variety of fields, not limited to environmental or ecological jobs through the understanding of GIS systems and data management. Larger projects have included trail map development, mapping of facilities and research sites, organizing and assessing data from research projects, and publishing data through the Environmental Data Initiative.

Ryan Streator

RYAN STREATOR ’24 | Political Science and Sociology Major

“As a student majoring in social sciences, the Field Station has given me the opportunity to really expand the bounds of my interdisciplinary college education. Being able to learn about ecological management, land stewardship, and even things like construction have given me a unique set of skills and knowledge that will help me to leave my little corner of the world better than I found it.”

Biological FIeld Stations

James H. Barrow Biological Field Station

The James H. Barrow Biological Field Station is a 500 plus acre active research and educational facility that not only enhances the science and environmental studies programs, but encourages interdisciplinary studies in all fields. Home to one of the largest strands of old growth beech-maple forest in the Northeast, the Field Station is a great retreat and educational facility for students of all majors to get involved.

Image: Students at the field station

Image: Public leadership students

NOrthwoods Field STation

Located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, the Northwoods Field Station was built by a group of Hiram students and faculty in the 1970s, and is located deep in the Hiawatha National Forest. The 14-acre forested property, abutting both Cherry Lake and a kettle bog, consists of a hand-constructed lodge, six cabins, and a wood-fired sauna, all of which are off-grid. Students have opportunities to visit Northwoods through classes, internships, research, and organized visits.

Alivia Selander

ALIVIA SELANDER ’26 | Environmental Studies and Biology Major

“The staff at the Field Station is unrivaled in their willingness to share the knowledge they’ve gained from years of working in their respective fields. Working at the Field Station is a great way to help build your resume while giving back to the environment and community.”

Contact US

Feel free to reach out to us with questions about the field stations and sustainability efforts at Hiram College.