The Cooper Farm offers an excellent nearby site for class field trips and research. Within the approximately 30 acres which is currently under FSEEC direction, there are a number of distinct microenvironments which constitute a rich diversity of biological habitats for field research. These include:

  • Dr. Cooper’s original wildlife plantings and plantings done subsequently
  • forest
  • a small farm pond
  • several vernal ponds located inside the woods
  • a tallgrass prairie 
  • successional meadow and woods 

Management of Cooper Farm consists primarily of vegetation management:

  • control of Invasive exotic plants
  • introduction of propagation of native plants to enhance regional biodiversity
  • mowing, burning, and other appropriate practices to maintain area in natural but usable state
  • assist with research and education efforts on property

All activities are carefully documented for future reference and adaptive management

Field Station and Environmental Education Center
Ball State University
Muncie, In 47306

Phone: 765-285-2641