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Research and Teaching Preserve

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field lab
The RTP field lab building, located near University Lake on the Griffy Woods property, is available for research and teaching. [Read about the field lab.]
Welcome to the Preserve

Our mission is to provide natural field settings for research and teaching that complement existing facilities and infrastructure at Indiana University.

In May 2001 the Indiana University Board of Trustees--with strong support of students, faculty, and administration--established the Research and Teaching Preserve to enhance the research, teaching, and service missions of the university. Indiana University has a national reputation for field-based research, particularly in the biological and environmental sciences. There is growing national and international emphasis on environmental issues whose solutions require observational and experimental studies of fundamental processes in the natural world. The establishment of the RTP recognizes and affirms that all scientific research is not done in a lab and that all teaching is not done in the classroom.


The Willard Pavilion:
An observation platform constructed as a memorial to Dan Willard's many contributions to IU overlooks University Lake at Griffy Woods.
Read about Dan Willard and the Willard Pavilion.
Dan Willard


Keith Clay standing by tree near lake
Keith Clay, Director
The RTP is administered by a director and an executive committee of approximately 15 faculty members and 1 ex officio member. They meet once a semester.

Much credit for the development and success of the IU Research and Teaching Preserve goes to the enthusiastic graduate and undergraduate students who have worked and who are currently working at the RTP. Playing a major role in the preserve's success as well are the many volunteer groups who have contributed their time and resources to the RTP.


We have established the IU Nature Preserve Fund, which supports the enhancement of the RTP's research and teaching mission. The fund also supports the protection and conservation of rare species found on the preserve (such as the Trailing Arbutus, a rare flowering plant and the living symbol of Indiana University) to ensure their survival for future generations. If you would like to support the Research and Teaching Preserve, send your gift to:

Nature Preserve Fund
c/o Indiana University Foundation
P.O. Box 500
Bloomington, IN 47402
812-855-8311 (phone)
click here to donate online to the Nature Preserve Fund
IMAGE: Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) can be found blooming at the Research and Teaching Preserve in the spring.


Contact the IU Research and Teaching Preserve
Banner photo: University Lake at Griffy Woods by Kurt Reinhart 2006    

Revised: September 2013


IU RTP home page: http://www.indiana.edu/~preserve/
Comments: preserve@indiana.edu
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