Westchester Migratory Bird Sanctuary
In partnership with the Porter County Parks Foundation, Purdue North Central is establishing a research site at the Westchester Migratory Bird Sanctuary located in Chesterton, IN. This exciting project will allow a living lab environment for biology majors and faculty members to perform research and experience a developing wetland site. One of the immediate projects that is currently in progress is Dr. Vanessa Quinn’s Biology 288 Field Ecology Techniques class measured and identified trees at the site. Other projects will be scheduled and more information will be posted as the projects progress.
Biology Major Fair
The annual Biology Major Fair is held in August at the pond located on the Purdue North Center campus. Faculty, students and administrators are invited to come and enjoy an afternoon and have lunch at the PNC pond. Food offerings include hot dogs, roasting ears of corn and desserts. Then the festivities move to the pond for kayak races and a canoe race between the Pre-Vet Club, Ecology and Pre-Med Club. Top honors received a “Golden Oar ” that will be proudly displayed with their name for the next year and bragging rights of course.
Coffee Creek Project
As a community service project students in Drs. Curtis and Quinn’s lab classes took to Coffee Creek in conjunction with the City of Chesterton in an attempt to clean-up and restore the waterways in Coffee Creek Park to a natural state. Coffee Creek watershed, once a pristine waterway, has suffered from flooding, neglect, and pollution.
This type of service learning provides both valuable educational experience and a service to the people living in the community and the students of PNC.