Babcock Nature Preserve

The Babcock Nature Preserve is located in Eden, Vermont. The preserve comprises a 1,000-acre (1.4 kmĀ²) tract of boreal forest land owned and maintained by Johnson State College and the Vermont State Colleges for scientific and educational study.

The preserve is named for Robert and Anne Hanchett Babcock who donated the tract to the Vermont State Colleges. Robert Babcock was the first provost of the Vermont State Colleges, a member of the Vermont House of Representatives, and a lieutenant governor of Vermont serving under Governor Robert Stafford.

The landscape is dominated by three large ponds and a large, environmentally significant bog, providing a natural laboratory for field biology, ornithology and environmental science courses. A summer field program features a number of such courses designed to provide field experience in the environmental and natural sciences.

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