Field Stations

Educational Experiences

During the academic year, September through May, students from the following courses have visited our field stations as part of an outdoor laboratory experience:

BI 120  Ethnobotany
BI 220  General Botany
BI 331  Vertebrate Zoology
BI 339  Animal Behavior
BI 380  General Ecology
BI 387  Aquatic Biology

In the fall term the past few years, members of the Augustana Darwin Club have visited Green Wing Environmental Laboratory for a weekend trip. The goal of these trips was to study the natural history of the site, and thus honor Charles Darwin, one of the greatest natural historians.

Below is a list of courses which have been offered recently as off-campus summer school programs at Green Wing Environmental Laboratory.  Most are offered on alternate years.

BI 225  Local Flora / 2 credits
BI 399-01  Directed Study: Field Stations Herbarium Collection / 1 credit
These courses involve field and laboratory study of the rich vascular flora of Augustana's environmental field stations: Green Wing Environmental Laboratory, Collinson Ecological Preserve and Beling Ecological Preserve. The first is a mosaic of marshes, wet meadows, upland forest, old fields, and a prairie restoration. The second consists of mature upland forests, a large creek and hill prairies. The last is comprised of flood plain forests and the 15-acre William Carr Island on the Rock River.

Both courses begin with a morning of introduction to plant identification on campus followed by a trip to Green Wing Lab. Fieldwork and lodging at this 420-acre field station (80 miles east of campus near Amboy, Illinois) will require a backpack, personal gear and a sleeping bag. Overnight accommodations are in one of two lodges supplied with kitchen, sleeping and bathroom facilities. Students will learn to identify plants to species level and will prepare a specimen collection for deposit in the Augustana herbarium. There are no prerequisites, but prior consultation with the instructor is required.

BI 335  Entomology / 3 credits
This course presents the fundamental principles of the evolution, taxonomy, morphology, physiology, behavior and natural history of the major insect groups. In addition, students will gain an appreciation of the importance of the insects for their role in maintaining diversity as a whole in nature and the survival of all life on Earth, including humans.

Major components of the course include an insect collection and an insect behavior project. The course will begin with one day at Augustana for introduction and a general overview of the insect orders. The remainder of the course will be at the Green Wing Environmental Laboratory. There are no prerequisites, but prior consultation with the instructor is required. In addition to textbooks, students are required to supply their own field clothing, backpack, sleeping bag and personal gear

BI 387  Aquatic Biology / 3 credits
The ecology of freshwater ecosystems including physical, chemical and biological effects on function and structure of aquatic biological communities. Includes one three-hour lab weekly. Prerequisites: 200 and 210.

BI 410  Summer Research Experience In Field Biology / 2 credits
BI 399-02  Directed Study: Summer Research Experience In Field Biology / 1 credit. Must take concurrently with BI410
In consultation with the instructor, students conduct field-based biological research using the scientific method. Thus, students will develop experiments, collect and analyze data, and discuss results. Prerequisite: General Zoology (BI 200) and prior discussion with instructor.

This course is field oriented. Students must supply their own field and personal gear. It will begin at Augustana College but most of it will be taught off campus at Green Wing Environmental Laboratory.