College of Architecture and Planning

Ecological Land Research and Cultural Land Research

Current funded ecological land research includes the implementation of an ecological restoration certificate program for university students and practitioners. Faculty are also engaged in research fellowships and funded research projects (in partnership with CERES) to develop resource-balancing land management systems, GIS databases, and ecological footprinting of the Ball State campus.

Faculty are engaged in riverbank access and restoration projects for the White River; design-building of the Minnetrista Cultural Center and Oakhurst Gardens’ Nature Center; sustainable agriculture, biomass and biogas energy research projects, and (with a public school teacher and Oakhurst Gardens personnel) the "Second Chance Game" for middle school students. This game includes classroom modules, an outdoor learning lesson, construction experiences at the Oakhurst Gardens Nature Center, and on-going development of a CD-Rom Teacher Development Module.

Current funded cultural land research includes a program that develops the therapeutic landscapes dimension of healthcare facilities. It includes the development of a county-level hiking and biking plan. It also includes the resource-balancing "Second Chance Game" that improves middle school student understanding of the land impacts of past, present, and future cultures living in East Central Indiana.