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ucked into the middle of large subdivisions,
restaurants, and coffee shops, the Blackacre State
Nature Preserve provides a surprising 170-acre
escape from sprawling suburbia in southeastern
Jefferson County.
The preserve’s plants and animals are also
providing Indiana University Southeast students
and professors a unique opportunity to explore what’s known
about natural habitats that survive in the midst of fast-
growing urban developments.
Partners in conservation
Just 35 minutes from New Albany, IU Southeast biology
classes began visiting Blackacre more than a decade ago as a
field trip site, but the relationship between the preserve and
the University was strengthened in 2010 when the Kentucky
State Nature Preserves Commission and university officials
began discussions about using the site as an Urban Ecology
Field Station.
IU Southeast field station at Blackacre State Nature
Preserve helps protect urban ecology.
By Sara Cunningham
Photos provided by Blackacre Archives and Susan Reigler
The grass is
greener on
the city side
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