The BFEC is a unique academic resource serving students and faculty regardless of department. From scientific research to artistic expression, its diverse landscape provides endless opportunities to explore. With both indoor and outdoor facilities, it is one of Kenyon's most beautiful and unusual places to learn and teach.
The BFEC offers access to a variety of habitats that can be used for student projects. Kenyon faculty members collaborate with students to conduct research on wetlands, forest structure, seed dispersal, bird behavior and population biology.
Several classes take place at the BFEC in some capacity. Biology and Ecology labs might be the most predictable visitors, but fine arts, anthropology and even English classes are no strangers to the center.
Beyond our 500-acre preserve, the BFEC features a resource center with classroom, laboratory and meeting space; an outdoor classroom and picnic shelter; the Bemis research Aviary and almost every aquatic and terrestrial habitat type found in central Ohio. We strive to meet the needs of students and faculty regardless of department or how creative their ideas for using BFEC spaces.
Kenyon’s Program in Environmental Studies concentration prepares students to answer questions such as these. This interdisciplinary program examines the intersection of individuals, societies, and the natural world in both a local and global context. The concentration provides a broad understanding of environmental issues to complement a student’s major field of study.