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A Day in the Life of an Ecologist

The EcoLab, in conjunction with the staff of Marian University, is proud to host a new program called “A Day in the Life of an Ecologist.” This program gives students in grades 6-12 an opportunity to see first-hand the work scientists do in the EcoLab. We offer programs based on the expertise of the Marian University professors and staff. Your students will learn to think, reason, and view nature through the eyes of a professional. Our “Day in the Life of…” programs have three components:

Programs written in conjunction with local experts in their field and presented in understandable language

All of our programs directly align with the field of study of our Marian University faculty and staff. These programs explain key features of their work, their connection to scientific principles learned in school, and their application in the real world. Whatever topic you choose, you can guarantee it is relevant to today’s scientific understanding of ecology.

Exploration of a native habitat to directly related to program material

The only true way to learn science is to see it first-hand. Our interpretive walks give students the opportunity to experience real-life examples of the programming curriculum. The EcoLab is a great place to explore the tangible outcomes of scientific theories, principles, and environmental interactions. Our wetland, forest, and prairie habitats offer students the opportunity to study science in Indiana’s three most prevalent habitat types.

The opportunity to participate in active research projects led by our Marian University staff

What science program would be complete without experiments? The EcoLab is home to numerous ongoing research projects led by Marian faculty. Topics range from microbiology, soil ecology, invertebrates, turtles, restoration, birds, and water quality. Your students will use the current methodology, technology, and data collection methods our professionals use in the field. The data your students gather will be used in our research and monitoring of the EcoLab.

This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for your students to dive into college-level science material that is tailored to your student’s experience with science.

“I believe we must know of our home environments before we learn about others. We can never become as deeply interested in things foreign to us as in those belonging to our daily life.” 
- Jens Jensen

Check back soon for our new program theme options!

If you would like to know more, or to schedule a trip, please email Sarah Downing at

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