Understanding environmental change in a changing world

Northern Kentucky University’s Research and Education Field Station (REFS) facility provides scholars an operations base for a wide range of field research and offers students across disciplines opportunities for field-oriented curricula, independent research, and close interactions with professionals. The REFS also serves as a center for the community to connect and learn about the environment.

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September 29, 1-5 p.m.

REFS invites the community to spend the afternoon hiking through the St. Anne Wetlands. There will be nature activities like identifying animal tracks, understanding what lives in a pond and turtle races. Student will also have their research on display.

Nature Adventure Day is also part of the international “Take Your Child Outside” program designed to encourage children and adults to spend time together outdoors.

St. Anne Woods and Wetlands is part of  the Campbell County Conservation District and funded by Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund


The Research and Education Field Station (REFS) is located at 

99 Harrison Ct.,
Melbourne, KY 41059

The Research and Education Field Station (REFS) is located adjacent to and facilitates the use of 155 acres of St. Anne Woods and Wetlands Natural Area, a conservation easement on and near the Ohio River. REFS is within the Outer Bluegrass Ecoregion, and includes both open and closed canopy wetlands in the lowland and mixed mesophytic forest and open grassland in upland natural areas. There is also substantial old growth forest, primarily dominated by beech.