Brown Family Environmental Center

Sciences

Kenyon’s 500-acre nature preserve serves as a living laboratory.

A river runs through it

Kenyon’s nature preserve offers beautiful gardens plus 500 acres of woodland and prairie habitats, which you can explore on eight miles of hiking trails, some offering fine hilltop views. A river does in fact run through it: the Kokosing, one of Ohio’s scenic rivers, where students have been known to undertake monumentally lazy tubing expeditions. The preserve is used for biological research, but also for campfires, birdwatching, nature photography, and all-purpose communing, meandering and philosophizing. Students do volunteer work here as well, helping with the gardens and leading environmental education programs for local schoolchildren.

Fact: The "bee-fek" — the accepted pronunciation for the environmental center’s acronym — includes a farmhouse where student managers live.