Hiram College

Experience classrooms unlike any other!

Less than three miles from campus, the James H. Barrow Biological Field Station is an 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. A variety of outreach programs are offered, in addition to approximately five miles of hiking trails. Located in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, Hiram College also has a rustic camp called the Northwoods Field Station. Students and alumni can visit Northwoods to reflect on the beauty of Hiawatha National Forest and Cherry Lake right on our front steps or to conduct research and take courses.

A real-life experience is awaiting you

The Field Station is a living learning and research lab that offers students opportunities that can’t be found on most other campuses. Its unique buildings, animals, wildlife rehabilitation center and natural and semi-natural areas are maintained entirely by college students 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 become involved with grounds keeping and also gain experience with woodworking, landscaping and trail maintenance. Teaching experience is gained through the nature education outreach programs. These programs, which are developed and executed by Hiram students, are designed to educate pre-college students about the natural history of Northeast Ohio and such critical issues as habitat preservation and conservation of natural resources.

Mission Statement

Among the most ecologically diverse natural “classrooms” in the collegiate Midwest, Hiram College’s James H. Barrow Biological Field Station offers students, faculty, staff, and visitors a variety of education, research-oriented, and inspirational programs that focus on conservation, environmental stewardship, and scientific discovery.

Explore research happening at the Eagle Creek Restoration Site: James H. Barrow Biological Field Station Research Explores Stream Restoration and Redirected Stream Life.

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Northwoods Field Station

Cultivating a strong sense of community living and an appreciation for a human’s place in nature is key to the mission of the Northwoods Field Station. We fulfill the “Tech and Trek” philosophy in a way that you truly “trek” into the wilderness of the Hiawatha National Forest and experience “tech” not by internet service but through sustainable living practices like pumping water by hand and using solar power. For over 40 years, camp has provided transformative experiences for students through coursework, the freshmen experience trip and research opportunities. Also, alumni are welcome to return back year after year to relive their Northwoods days and to create new memories with their friends and families. Northwoods is a unique place to live and learn during your time at Hiram and post-graduation! We also welcome a variety of organizations to book time at our camp including girl scout and boy scout troops, conservation organizations, and other universities.

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