Sustainability Center



(815) 479-7765
Kim Hankins

Field and Outdoor Laboratory Site

MCC is the grateful recipient of a 9.7 acre parcel of grassland and wetland in Chemung for use as a field and outdoor laboratory site.

The land includes a vegetation-lined creek and now serves as an outdoor field and educational laboratory used by MCC’s Earth Sciences, Biology and Horticulture departments. Biology students are now able to study ecosystems in their natural environment, and astronomy students have night viewing opportunities with minimal light pollution, to name a few of the various ways the land is being used.

Other educational uses by MCC faculty and students include:

  • mesic prairie restoration
  • stream water and soil sample testing
  • identification and study of native aquatic plants, insects and animals
  • controlled burns for fire science students
Field Lab Sign

Field Lab Sign