Bagley Nature Area and Classroom
The Bagley Nature Area and Classroom is a contiguous natural area, approximately 50 acres in size, deeded to UMD by the Bagley family for the express purpose of education and outdoor recreation. The area includes Rock Pond, which supports a beaver colony and a diversity of native fish. Rock Pond drains into the headwaters of Tischer Creek, a designated trout stream. There are a wide variety of forests in Bagley including old growth oak, maple, and white pine stands as well as areas of balsam fir-spruce and birch forests. Because of the diversity of forest and aquatic ecosystems, Bagley Nature Area is an outdoor teaching laboratory with few parallels on any other campus in the United States. The Bagley Nature Area is managed by the Bagley Management Committee, which includes faculty from Biology and other departments as well as representatives from UMD Facilities. Biology classes which regularly make use of Bagley Nature Area include: Biology and Society, General Biology I and II, Ornithology, Entomology, Plant Diversity, Plant Taxonomy, Stream Ecology, Fisheries Ecology, and Coevolution.
Within the Bagley Nature Area is the Bagley Outdoor Classroom. It is a 1,400 square foot energy efficient (LLED Platinum Certified) field station that opened in June 2010. Biology faculty were instrumental in the planning, design, and development of the classroom. Overlooking Rock Pond, the classroom provides lab benches and storage for the laboratory equipment to be used to support field classes within Bagley Nature Area. In 2010, supported by a $23,644 grant from the Swenson College of Science and Engineering, the Department of Biology purchased compound microscopes, dissecting microscopes, binoculars, spotting scopes, tripods, wader, plankton nets, dip nets, and a collection of field guides to support laboratory activities.
For more information on the Bagley Nature Area Classroom please visit the classroom website.