George A. Hepner Ecology Laboratory at Camp Karoondinha
This field station provides a small research laboratory and a variety of habitats offering students experience through short- and long-term experiments. The property features 600 acres from 600 to 1,800 feet above sea level. It includes both deciduous and mixed coniferous forests, a four-acre lake, Penns Creek, and small first-order streams and wetland. The area also adjoins a large tract of state forest land.
- Purchased by Susquehanna University in 1982 and named after the builder who donated his time and materials to construct the existing sleeping quarters.
- Jointly operated by the Biology Department of Susquehanna University and the Boy Scouts of America
- Located in Troxelville, Snyder County, Pa., about a 35-minute drive from SU’s campus.
- Provides outdoor laboratory facilities and a variety of habitats offering students experience through short- and long-term experiments.
Facilities and Equipment
- A rustic retreat center that sleeps 14 in bunk accommodations with shower facilities available
- A kitchen with refrigerator
- Primitive laboratory facilities
- Additional housing available
- 600 acres from 600 to 1800 feet above sea level
- Mature deciduous and mixed conifer forest
- A four-acre lake (Walker Lake)
- Penns Creek, a sixth-order stream and a number of smaller streams
Sample of Research and Educational Use
- Currently it is used primarily for upper-level aquatic ecology laboratories and elevational studies of forest ecology.
Hepner Lab Image Gallery
Images from Susquehanna's research facility.