Stengl Biological Field Station has over 200 acres of wild space in which students, faculty, and researchers can conduct both short and long term surveys and experiments. The bulk of the land is mixed hardwood and pine forest. The area is sometimes referred to as the "Lost Pines" because of this relic stand of Loblolly pines, Pinus taeda. Nearly 40 acres are cleared, providing meadow areas which allow a high diversity of grasses, forbs, and wildflowers to flourish.
The fenced in tract of land is nearly one mile long and a half a mile wide. It contains a pond that, with heavy rainfall, swells to well over an acre in size. J.D. Creek, a tributary of the Colorado River, bisects the eastern part of the property. The station has three game feeders and multiple game cameras running at all times. This active monitoring gives us great insight to passing and resident fauna.
Currently there are six large permanent game exclosures permitting vegetation studies without the threat of hungry deer or rabbits interfering with the results.
Lorraine F. Wyer Residential Laboratory
A multi-use building, the Lorraine F. Wyer Residential Laboratory, is available for extended stays and includes eight bunk beds. A couch and four cots can bring the total even higher when necessary. Often large classes and groups elect to set up tents and other camping gear in the grassy area behind the building. The building is very modern, complete with bathroom, shower, and washer and dryer. The main room is a combination meeting and kitchen area that often doubles as lab space. The kitchen is fully furnished with all cooking utensils, pots, pans, and cutlery. A propane grill waits on the front porch for those who prefer to cook outside.
The main room is intended to be versatile and accommodate a variety of uses, from small lectures to dry laboratory facilities, so a total of 30 chairs and six 6' long tables can be situated to suit the need. There are many materials available in the main room that may facilitate research such as microscopes, pin flags, marking tape, etc. The building and surrounding area now have wireless internet connectivity. A breezeway separates the main room from the two bedrooms (144 sq. ft. each, each accommodating up to 4 persons) and an 80 sq. ft. washroom with shower.
Classes and researchers wishing to use or visit the facilities should contact Steven Gibson to make reservations.
The building was named in honor of Lorraine F. Wyer. Here Casey and Lorraine pose with dedication plaque.