The Bioreserve Enhances the Education of All Students

The Board of Trustees established Denison’s Biological Reserve in 1966 through the efforts of Professor Robert Alrutz, who served as director until his retirement in 1990. The Bioreserve encompasses 350 acres in three contiguous sections within easy walking distance of campus. Approximately 75 percent of the acreage is beech-maple/mixed mesophytic forest interspersed with old orchards and former plantations of pine, spruce, sugar maple, and yellow poplar.

The Bioreserve enhances the education of all students, especially those in biology and environmental studies, through their courses, independent research, and casual visitation to the reserve. Students complete field studies of native Ohio flora and fauna as well as of biological communities that are maintained in as intact a condition as is possible given the land use history.

The Polly Anderson Field Station, erected in 1995, houses a large laboratory for class meetings and research space for students and faculty. Astronomy students use the telescope mount at the station for night viewing. Special public programs and field workshops for high school students also meet at the station. The building was designed as a model of energy efficiency and is heated in winter by passive solar radiation. The station is located in the Alrutz Section at the west entrance to the Reserve on Rt. 661, a quarter mile north of campus.

The Bioreserve also provides a haven for members of the Denison and Granville communities who enjoy walking in natural surroundings. The reserve is open to the public from dawn to dusk every day. A well-marked trail system has been established that allows the visitor to explore a variety of habitats and terrain. Hunting, firearms, campfires, camping, horseback riding, and disturbance of natural features are prohibited. Trail bikes are permitted on certain trails during the summer and fall. Dogs are permitted while on a leash.

Species found at the Bioreserve