The mission of the Augustana College Field Stations is to promote the understanding and protection of Illinois native ecosystems through field-based education, research and other scholarly activities.
The management philosophy of these field stations incorporates a deliberate ethical stance based on evolutionary and ecological realities. The guiding principle is to maintain broad ecosystem integrity and promote native biodiversity in conjunction with our teaching, research and outreach activities. Our outlook is guided by the seminal vision of Aldo Leopold as expressed in his work Sand County Almanac: "A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise."