The Department of Environmental Studies at Lake Forest College gets students out of the classroom and into the field. Students are immersed in an interdisciplinary conversation with their local and global environments, and discover their place within them. Whether it’s on-campus initiatives like composting research on behalf of the the campus garden, or interning with community organizations like the Lake Forest Open Lands Association, students develop the knowledge and skills to engage with current environmental opportunities and challenges.
In our Environmental Studies Department, field courses can range from a week long study in New Orleans or the Smoky Mountains, to a new field trip location for each class! Here at Lake Forest College, we prioritize learning about the environment utilizing hands on and in the field experiences!
Restoration Sites on Campus
LFC takes pride in our ecological restoration sites! Using what would have remained lawn and unmaintained woodland, the Environmental Studies department has created intentional native plant and animal spaces rich with biodiversity. From our long established Shooting Star Savannah and Revery Prairie, to our 2017-2018 recent built McClure Rain Garden used as a wetland learning lab, our restoration sites have a lot to offer our learning community!
Established in 2008 through the initiative of a few Environmental Studies students, the garden is now a productive space for student Garden Stewards to grow fresh organic produce for both the campus kitchen as well as to sell at a weekly pay-what-you-can food stand on campus. The Student Garden is actively working towards becoming more self-sufficient. One step the garden has taken in this direction is collecting compost from both the campus kitchen and cafe, enriching our soil and promoting eco-friendly practices. As we continue to cultivate both produce and a sense of environmental responsibility, the Student Garden stands as a testament to the passion and dedication of our students in fostering a greener, healthier campus community.