Prairie Springs Environmental Education Center

Carroll University's Prairie Springs Environmental Education Center and Greene Field Station includes a stunning new facility for teaching, exploration and research—as well as 75 acres of natural springs, wetlands, woodlands and grasslands along Genesse Creek. Located in the Town of Genesee, it’s about 10 miles from the university's main campus in Waukesha. 

The center offers educational opportunities, activities and events for Carroll University classes, students of all ages and members of the community. Groups that come to Greene Field Station for research and field studies also have access to an amazing building for lectures, discussion and scientific exploration. See below for the programming currently offered and feel free to contact us to explore other partnerships and opportunities!

Map to Prairie Springs location

Getting Here

The Prairie Springs Environmental Education Center includes facilities for exploration and learning both indoors and out. Just a 15 minute drive from Carroll University's main campus, you'll find more than 75 acres of land to discover.

Students studying outside at the field station.

The Greene Field Station

The Green Field Station has over two miles of trails for exploring Genesee Creek and surrounding springs, wetlands, woodlands and grasslands.

About the Facilities

Members of Paul Fleckenstein's family at the dedication of the Paul Fleckenstein Research Laboratory

In 2012, Carroll University purchased a three-acre property immediately to the south of the Greene Field Station that included a woodshop and a house. With a $244,055 grant from the National Science Foundation and a $1 million endowment from the Paul Fleckenstein Trust, Carroll University renovated the buildings into a state-of-the-art teaching and research laboratory and a guest house. In fall 2016, the property was dedicated as the Prairie Springs Environmental Education Center and the laboratory was dedicated as the Paul Fleckenstein Research Laboratory. An additional 11 acres was also added to create a 75-acre recreational and learning laboratory.

Paul Fleckenstien Research Laboratory
The Paul Fleckenstein Research Laboratory includes two large classrooms, a teaching laboratory for storing equipment and processing samples and a wet lab for analyzing samples.

The Guest House
The Guest House on the property includes meeting space and a kitchen for catered events, as well as two bedrooms for overnight guests.


exterior of the Paul Fleckenstein Research Laboratory
A center for exploration, education and reflection in the heart of nature

Carroll Student Opportunities

Many options for student research and involvement through courses, internship and work study are available.

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Parents' and Teachers' Corner

Books, crafts, activities, and outdoor fun for teachers at school and/or parents/guardians at home.

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Todd Levine, PhD
Associate Professor
Director of Greene Field Station & Prairie Springs Environmental Education Center
Education Scholar & Certified Senior Ecologist, Ecological Society of America
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