Students pursuing their doctoral degree in Agricultural Sciences enjoy unparalleled access to diverse and boundless natural locations that are simply world-class.
Land: In terms of land, for teaching and research purposes, SIUC is well endowed with a number of different forest types and agricultural land. Students have access to the 3000 acres of University and experimental farms; 600 acres of wooded land at the Touch of Nature Environmental Center, 400 acres at the Pine Hills Field Research Station and other forests.
Through various memoranda of understanding and special use permits we have use of forested lands and plots on the 43,000 acres of the Crab Orchard Wildlife Refuge, the 270,000 acres of the Shawnee National Forest, and the 4000 acres of the Trail of Tears State Forest, all of which are within an hour's drive of Carbondale.
A number of research projects are also ongoing on private lands in Southern Illinois.
Natural setting: Students delight in our landscapes designated from wilderness to developed recreation, varying from bottomlands to uplands with rolling hills, bluffs, and rugged topography. These include:
- The 44,000-acre Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge; two State Parks; four recreational lakes and the 270,000-acre Shawnee National Forest - all located within 10 miles of the SIUC campus.
- Mosaics of forested and agricultural watersheds in the local community that are utilized in a variety of unique research applications involving undergraduate student support.
- Other natural resources such as the 2,430 acre Giant City State Park, the 4,000 acre Ferne Clyffe State Park, the Trail of Tears State Forest and the Cache River Wetlands, all of which are located within 10-45 minutes of the SIUC campus.
- Nearby lakes (including Crab Orchard, Kinkaid, Devils Kitchen, Little Grassy, Lake of Egypt, and Cedar), ponds, and rivers (including the Mississippi), in addition to our own forests, woodlands and private lands.