Hepner Ecology Laboratory

George A. Hepner Ecology Laboratory at Camp Karoondinha

Hepner Lab 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.

Highlights

  • 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

Features

  • 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.



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