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Bath Township, Ohio

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Ecology at the Urban-Rural Interface

The University of Akron Field Station at Bath Nature Preserve is a living laboratory for the advancement of knowledge through ecological research, education, and stewardship of the natural world.

Established in 1998 as a collaborative arrangement between The University of Akron and Bath Township, the mission of The University of Akron Field Station is to serve the needs of the people of northeastern Ohio through research, education, and service that promotes a better understanding of our relationship with the natural environment.  The goals of the Station are: 1) to provide a center for long-term environmental research emphasizing habitat restoration and terrestrial ecology, 2) to support the education programs of primarily urban universities and local schools, and 3) to interact with the local community in promoting environmental awareness. 


The UA Field Station is located on the 411 acre Bath Nature Preserve, approximately 2 miles west of the 33,000 acre Cuyahoga Valley National Park, and between the large metropolitan areas of Cleveland and Akron/Canton. Housed in the Dr. Paul E. Martin Center for Field Studies and Environmental Education, the UA Field Station is uniquely situated for studies of anthropogenic change in the highly impacted Cuyahoga Valley.  This facility is among the largest terrestrial ecology field stations in Ohio, and we are collaborating with other field stations and environmental education facilities in the region.  The UA Field Station also houses the Bird Conservation Initiative of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

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Great Job!
Dr. Todd Blackledge recently appeared in an episode of the IdeaStream series, "Great Job!" In the episode, Dr. Blackledge discusses his career in science, some of which includes the UA Field Station. Watch the episode here.

Salamander Walk
Stay up-to-date with the latest news on the 2014 Bath Salamander Walk. Click here to follow Dr. Niewiarowski's blog.

New Beetle Species Described from BNP
Two new beetle species of the genus Myrmedonota were recently described in a paper published in the journal Zootaxa.  The type specimen for one of them was collected in Indiana while the type specimen for the other (M. aidani) was collected right here at the Bath Nature Preserve, Summit County, Ohio.  These are the first records of this genus in the New World!  You can access the technical paper here


Bath Nature Preserve Receives Award

Bath Township Parks were awarded a "Superior" rating from the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association for improvements to the North Fork Trail at the Bath Nature Preserve.  Click here for photos.



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