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 also delivers enrichment and inspiration for students in all majors.

Image: Class looking at wildlife at the field station

A Real-life Experience Is Awaiting You

The Field Station is a living, learning and active research lab that provides students with opportunities that can’t be found on most other campuses. Our unique facility offers students the ability to care for over 30 animal ambassadors, rehabilitate wildlife, participate in field research, and maintain several natural areas under the direction of faculty and professional staff.

The Field Station has many employment opportunities for students to gain paid hands-on experiences. Student workers can learn trail maintenance and grounds keeping, assist with small construction projects, engage in field-based research, assist with nature education programs for children and adults, and care for both onsite animal ambassadors and injured/orphaned wildlife through our wildlife rehabilitation program.

All of these employment opportunities help to educate students about native plants, animals, and the ecology of northeastern Ohio, and provide insight into the critical issues of habitat preservation and conservation of natural resources.

Students also have opportunities to create their own research projects with the help of faculty and Field Station staff that enhance their learning and can be used to fulfill their senior project requirements for graduation. There are numerous opportunities waiting to be explored at the Field Station!

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More About the James H. Barrow Biological Field Station

The James H. Barrow Biological Field Station is a great benefit to students studying environmental studies as it provides practical experience that can directly shape a future career in the field.  Located less than three miles from campus, the Field Station was gifted to Hiram in 1967 to be used as an active learning tool to give students firsthand experience.

Students pursuing an environmental studies major will have the opportunity to enhance their understanding and appreciation of nature through all the features the Field Station has to offer.

Field Station Facilities

  • The Fohring Lab and Visitor’s Center
  • The Endangered Waterfowl Conservation Facility
  • The Kennedy Observation Building and Pond
  • The Grassland Enhancement Program

If you’re ready to expand your knowledge and interests with an environmental studies major, be sure to take advantage of the internships and student employment the Field Station provides!

Contact us today for more information on the Field Station and our environmental studies major.