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 carbon sequestration, wetlands, forest structure, seed dispersal, bird behavior, population ecology, and more.
Each semester, faculty bring students to different locations at the BFEC in pursuit of academic excellence. Students enrolled in Biology and Ecology classes are the most predictable visitors, but we also see students in fine arts, anthropology, sociology, English, religion, and more.
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 new major in Environmental Studies prepares students to answer questions about the environment. This interdisciplinary program examines the intersection of individuals, societies, and the natural world in both a local and global context. The major provides a broad understanding of environmental issues.