Field Station at Thomas More College

The Lodge is currently being considered for LEEDcertification in Green Design. It provides an educational resource in green design and operation for Thomas More's environmental science program and related majors. The housing component of the facility satisfies the previous demands to host a growing number of student interns in the summer.

Mission of the Field Station

To educate students and visitors about the ecology of the Ohio River and surrounding watershed, to engage students about the value and worth of the watershed, to empower students to make a positive impact on the Ohio River and the environment around them and to offer students research opportunities on the ecology and uses of the Ohio River.

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Education Center & Lodge

Located just 30 minutes from the main Thomas More College campus, the Biology Field Station is a 20-acre one-of-a-kind center for aquatic biology research of the Ohio River and its ecosystem. The Station is the former site of Lock and Dam 35 once owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Thomas More College acquired the property in 1967 and since then, has conducted a variety of field research studies for private and public corporations, institutions and agencies in fields such as microbiology, water chemistry, fish surveys, biological assessments and ecotoxicology. Following a major renovation project funded through a grant from the James Graham Brown Foundation, the Center for Ohio River Research & Education (C.O.R.R.E.) was established in 1998 at the Station. The Center underwent a more recent renovation in 2011, updating both the classroom and water chemistry laboratory inside the Station. Construction of the new Education Center & Lodge was completed in 2012.

The Center welcomes people of all ages including grade school, high school and college students, as well as visitors from the general public. Through hands-on, inquirybased teaching methods, the faculty and students at the Center educate and engage visitors about the Ohio River ecosystem and surrounding watershed, teach the value of the watershed to those who live within it and empower people to make a positive impact on the River and surrounding environment.

Biology Field Station Amenities and Facilities:

  • State-of-the-art water chemistry and wet laboratories
  • Recently renovated classroom
  • A fleet of research boats for electrofishing and water sampling
  • An outdoor classroom
  • A 3/4 mile interpretive nature trail on the bank of the Ohio River
  • Overnight accommodations in houses and Education Center & Lodge
  • Picnic areas and campground

About the Education Center & Lodge

The Education Center & Lodge overlooks the Ohio River and serves as an educational resource for all students and visitors (approximately 2,500 annually).

The facility includes:

  • A smart classroom/conference room
  • Dorm rooms that sleep up to 24 individuals
  • Fully-equipped kitchen
  • Study areas
  • Restrooms
  • Outdoor social area

How do you reserve the Biology Field Station and its facilities?

To make a reservation for use of the field station and its facilities, or for scheduling a K-12 school field trip, contact (859) 635-6941 or fieldstation@thomasmore.edu.

Additional contact information:
Chris N. Lorentz, Ph.D.
Department of Biology
Director of the Center for Ohio River Research and Education
859-344-3373 | chris.lorentz@thomasmore.edu

Meghann V. King
Laboratory Manager & Outreach Coordinator
Center for Ohio River Research and Education
859-635-6941 | meghann.king@thomasmore.edu

Where is the Biology Field Station located?
The Biology Field Station is on the banks of the Ohio River (RM 451) in Campbell County. It''s located 30 minutes east of the main Thomas More College campus and 17 miles upstream of downtown Cincinnati, Oh. at 8309 Mary Ingles Highway, California, Ky. 41007.