Field stations need great onsite facilities in order to fulfill their missions, and the UC Center for Field Studies is no exception. With basic office, classroom, and lab facilities currently in place, our next priority is the creation of a residential building that can accommodate students, participants in our Duke Energy Foundation Summer Environmental Research Training Program for K-12 teachers, visiting researchers, or other groups for retreats or conferences. Facilities like this one are a standard component of our peer biological research stations.
Given our location on a site designated by the National Register of Historic Places, we are seeking to transform what was once a Shaker meeting house – the “Center Family Farm” – into what we are calling the Shaker Lodge. The preservation of this historic treasure will feature sustainable design elements including solar panels and geothermal heating, meeting rooms, kitchen and dining areas, and overnight accommodations for up to 25 guests.
Rental income will support operations of the UC Center for Field Studies, and spaces within the building will also be used to support our classes and public outreach activities when not in use by guests. This project will significantly expand usable space on the site and facilitate expanded reach into the community.
To learn more, contact:
Assistant Vice President for Development
University of Cincinnati Foundation