The University of Akron Field Station at Bath Nature Preserve is a living laboratory for the advancement of knowledge through ecological research, education, and stewardship of the natural world.
Established in 1998 as a collaborative arrangement between The University of Akron and Bath Township, the mission of The University of Akron Field Station is to serve the needs of the people of northeastern Ohio through research, education, and service that promotes a better understanding of our relationship with the natural environment. The goals of the Station are: 1) to provide a center for long-term environmental research emphasizing habitat restoration and terrestrial ecology, 2) to support the education programs of primarily urban universities and local schools, and 3) to interact with the local community in promoting environmental awareness.
The UA Field Station is located on the 411 acre Bath Nature Preserve, approximately 2 miles west of the 33,000 acre Cuyahoga Valley National Park, and between the large metropolitan areas of Cleveland and Akron/Canton. Housed in the Dr. Paul E. Martin Center for Field Studies and Environmental Education, the UA Field Station is uniquely situated for studies of anthropogenic change in the highly impacted Cuyahoga Valley. This facility is among the largest terrestrial ecology field stations in Ohio, and we are collaborating with other field stations and environmental education facilities in the region. The UA Field Station also houses the Bird Conservation Initiative of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation