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Exploring ​UWM's Outdoor Research Sites

Jon Strelecki

As a large, urban research university, UW-Milwaukee does have a lot of buildings - filled with classrooms, laboratories and study space.

But in addition to all of the bricks and mortar, there are also thousands of acres of bogs and wetlands. There is a butterfly conservancy; and even an abandoned mine that is home to thousands of bats. Not all of these pieces of nature are found on UWM’s campus on Milwaukee’s East Side… although the main campus does have the Downer Woods nature preserve.

What we are talking about today is what may be UWM’s best kept secret. Several amazing outdoor research sites, including a huge Field Station located north of Cedarburg where UWM scientists conduct dozens of research projects and students spend thousands of hours in the field.

Host Tom Luljak talks with Jim Reinartz, the director of UWM's Field Station.

Tom Luljak hosted UWM Today on WUWM for more than two decades and is the inaugural host of Curious Campus.