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