The BFEC grounds and trails are open to the public seven days a week during daylight hours. Visitors are welcome to explore at their leisure from our four trail-heads or the Resource Center.
Not all learning takes place with a class or in a classroom. At the BFEC we encourage independent exploration, recreation and relaxation. Visitors are welcome to:
The BFEC offers regular programs that are usually free and open to the public, on topics such as wildflowers, star gazing, nature art or medicinal plants. Enjoy hayrides at our annual Harvest Festival, admire local nature featured in our Knox County Nature Photography Contest or find vendors with products made from recycled materials at our annual Earth Day Festival.
Kenyon College students are involved at the BFEC on many levels. A major goal when establishing the Center in 1995 was to provide access to land for research and education. Since then, recreation has been added to the list in a big way. Today the College is able to offer students multi-use access to a 480-acre preserve right at their doorstep.
Many classes use the BFEC for studies in biology, ecology, animal behavior and environmental studies. Art, anthropology and English classes also frequent the preserve. Research opportunities abound at Kenyon through course work, independent studies and honors projects.
Three Kenyon College students live at BFEC farmhouse during the school year and organize student activities such as hikes and bonfires. Students also comprise a significant portion of our volunteer base, leading field trips, supporting events, maintaining trails and removing invasive plant species. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to our student email list.
The BFEC accepts reservations for indoor and outdoor spaces. Community groups and private events are charged a nominal fee depending on the specifics of the request. Kenyon classes, student groups and retreats can request spaces free of charge. To inquire about available spaces or rates, or to make a reservation, please contact Jill Kerkhoff at email@example.com or 740-427-5051.