Research field stations are as close to the heart of the college's research mission as the most sophisticated molecular biology laboratory.
One of the best-known sites in ecology research, Cedar Creek is home to natural habitats representing the entire state. Research at Cedar Creek focuses on understanding the fundamental processes and principles that govern the dynamics and functioning of communities and ecosystems.
With its undisturbed coniferous forest, eastern deciduous forest and tall grass prairie ecosystems, Itasca is a pristine living laboratory. Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories has long attracted students, educators and researchers interested in learning about and investigating how ecosystems work.
The college has forged ties with a number of field research stations including: the Belwin Conservatory, St. Croix Watershed Research Station and Minnesota Scientific and Natural Areas.