Prairie Springs Environmental Education Center

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

A center for Exploration, Education and Reflection in the heart of Nature
exterior of the Paul Fleckenstein Research Laboratory
Two female middle school students investigate the contents of a net just pulled from the Genesse Creek

Prairie Springs Programming

Carroll University classes that come to the Field Station for research and field studies also have access to an amazing building for lectures, discussion and for analyzing samples that they collect in the field. We are also pleased to share our resources and spaces to partner on education opportunities for students of all ages.

K–12 School Programs

These all-grade-level program options can widely vary in length depending on the teacher’s needs.

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Summer Camps

Our nature-based summer camps encourage curiosity and exploration and promote a sense of stewardship.

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Carroll Student Opportunities

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

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Community Programs

Workshop events and volunteer opportunities are open to the community.

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map of the Prairie Springs Environmental Education Center

Center Facilities

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.

Interior of a classroom space within the Paul Fleckenstein Research Laboratory

Paul Fleckenstein 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. 

eight people conducting a science investigation in Genesse Creek

Greene Field Station

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

kitchen of the guest house at the Prairie Springs Environmental Education Center

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.

A group of female middle school students conduct an experiment at Greene Field Station
Field investigations taking place in Greene Field Station by six people
two students conduct research in the Paul Flecknestein Research Laboratory
Genesse Creek during the winter covered in snow and ice
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Facility Background

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.

Contact

Jenna Gatzke
Coordinator of the Prairie Springs Environmental Education Center and Greene Field Station
262.524.7645  l  jgatzke@carrollu.edu

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