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Millersville’s Bio Reserve offers hidden gem for students

Students venture into the woods at Millersville University's Biological Preserve, which provides students studying biology an extra place to conduct research. Photo courtesy of Millersville University

Chloe Barrett
Associate News Editor

Within the reforested area behind the Millersville soccer fields lies a building known as the Biological Reserve also known as the Biological Preserve. Within this building students receive the materials to continue their lab work while being along-side nature.

This unknown spot around Millersville serves as a developing laboratory as well as vegetation area for the Conestoga River. A partnership between the Millersville Biology Department and the Stroud Water Research Centerhas cleared acres of the reserve for stormwater management purposes.  The reserve helps Biology students greatly by giving them experience out in nature with materials and a laboratory at the edge of their fingertips.

This around campus this spot seemed to be greatly unknown around campus, with the exception of the , the biology students. Marine Biology student Haley Beck deemed it a necessity for Millersville, saying, “It is important for us to have the Bio Reserve, because it is an extra lab that gives us the opportunity to use, other than the one in class. It is a quieter place, that is more laid back as well as another resource.”

The Bio Reserve is a helpful resource that many do not know about; it helps students greatly. When asked how this resource helps others on campus Beck  noted, “It helps us have a different lab experience, out of the classroom, with a different environment; it helps you become more in-tune with nature.”

Though the Reserve may be unknown it is a key resource to Millersville as well as its community. It has been known to offer tours in the past around Earth Day to spread awareness of what the facility offers. The Reserve also supplies information regarding ecosystem health.