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Some learning cannot be done in a classroom. Some experiments cannot be done in a laboratory. The close proximity of the IU Research and Teaching Preserve (RTP) to Bloomington makes it easily accessible to Indiana University faculty and students and to classes from local school systems.

A wide variety of classes have used and do use the IU Research and Teaching Preserve. The IU Department of Biology has historically been the biggest user, followed by the IU Department of Geological Sciences and the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA). In addition, courses from the IU Schools of Education; Journalism; and Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (HPER) have used the RTP for instructional purposes. The preserve has also been used by a class from Indiana State University. The addition of the field laboratory at the Griffy Woods property should substantially increase the amount of teaching activity at the Research and Teaching Preserve.

Below is a list of courses whose students have and/or are currently benefitting from instruction at the IU RTP. If you use the preserve to instruct your students and your course is not listed below, please let us know! If you plan to use the IU RTP for teaching, please submit the Teaching Activity Survey.


  • B300 Vascular Plants
  • B352 Fungi
  • B364 Summer Flowering Plants
  • E105 The City as an Ecosystem
  • G329 Environmental Science
  • L350 Environmental Science
  • L376 Biology of Birds
  • L465 Advanced Field Biology
  • L474 Field Ecology
  • L509 Local Ecology for K-12 Teachers
  • L575 Biodiversity and Ecosystem Function
  • L579 Community Ecology
  • S318 Honors Evolution
  • Z620 The Ecology of Place

Collins Living-Learning Center

  • L100 Edible Wild Plants
  • L200 Writing Nature


  • E328 Science Methods for Elementary Pre-Service Teachers
  • Q450 Teaching Environmental Science
  • Q506 Teaching Secondary School Education


  • G350/G550 Instrumentation and Field Methods in Atmospheric Science

Geological Sciences

  • G329 Field Environmental Science
  • G415 Principles of Geomorphology
  • G423 Methods in Applied Geophysics
  • G444 Methods in Analytical Geochemistry
  • G490/G690 Elements of Geospatial Analysis
  • G550 Surface Water Hydrology

History and Philosophy of Science

  • X223 Landscapes of Learning: Environmental History of Indiana University Bloomington
  • X705 The Ecology of Place

Human Biology

  • B102 Evolution of the Indiana University Bloomington Campus


  • J554 Science Writing


  • P106 General Psychology Honors

School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA)

  • E400/E555 Sustainable Forestry
  • E440 Wetland Ecology
  • E442/E555 Habitat Analysis Terrestrial
  • E443/E555 Habitat Analysis Aquatic
  • E455 Limnology/Wetlands Ecology
  • E455/E555 Silviculture
  • E460 Fisheries and Wildlife Laboratory
  • E490/E491 Directed/Honors Field Research in Environmental Science
  • E527 Applied Ecology
  • E528 Forest Ecology and Management
  • E545 Lake and Watershed Management
  • E546 Stream Ecology
  • Y773 International Forest Resource Inventory

School of Public Health
(formerly School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation [HPER])

  • E106 Basic Fishing Techniques
  • O115 Leave No Trace
  • R120 Search and Rescue
  • R241 Wildflowers and Wild Edibles
  • R279 Core--Tree ID
  • R280 Natural History/Field Ecology
  • R317 Applied Ecology: Forest Communities
  • R323/R353/R545 Ecosystem Management
  • R338/R542 Integrated Resource Management
  • R356/R556 Field Techniques in Environmental Education
  • R370 Wilderness First Responder
  • R380 Outdoor Instructorship: Leave No Trace Trainer
  • R385/R585 Wilderness and Protected Lands
  • R506/R515 Human Health, Quality of Life, and Natural Environments
  • R530 Facility Design and Applied Project Planning
  • Core Service Learning in CORE Program


  • Jim Holland Summer Enrichment Program in Biology
  • Adventures in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Summer Science Camp (IU DEMA)
  • Exxon Mobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp

Revised: August 21, 2012

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