Hands-On Learning in Our 363-Acre Forest
UNE's 363 acres of contiguous forest serve as a natural laboratory for our researchers and science and environmental studies classes, benefitting the community as a whole.
The State of Maine Natural Areas Program has labeled the land a habitat of significant value due to its high density of pocket swamps and more than a hundred vernal pools. The area contains uplands and wetlands and is home to many species, including wild turkeys, deer, coyotes, moose, frogs, turtles, and salamanders.
As a student in the School of Marine and Environmental Programs, the forest allows you to participate in research related to woodland birds, vernal pools, wildlife, plants, climate change, and more.
Vernal Pool Research in the Forest
The 363 acres is basically an outdoor classroom. It's really helpful to just have wildlife and nature right outside our door — it's the perfect learning environment." — Emma Burke ’22