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Aerial map highlighting the different areas of the Outdoor Learning Area: the Native Plant Park, Geopark, Ecopark, and Whitman Woods.

Overview of the OLA

Located just outside the doors of West Science and Weston Hall, the Outdoor Learning Area is the perfect place to come experience the natural beauty of the Upper Peninsula.  The OLA boasts gorgeous examples of native vegetation and wildlife. 

The OLA is managed by the EEGS Department, but for the use and enjoyment of all NMU students and faculty. This area can be used for ecological and biological studies, artistic inspiration, writing prompts, growing cultural understanding, or simply studying and lounging.

OLA Interactive Guide

     A. Tree Index

          1. Individual Tree Species

     B. Shrub Index

          2. Individual Shrub Species

     C. Perennial Index

          1. Individual Perennial Species A-C

          2. Individual Perennial Species D-N

          3. Individual Perennial Species O-Z

     D. Grass Index

          1. Individual Grass Species

 

OLA Committee

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Dr. Susy Ziegler

Dr. Susy Ziegler

OLA Committee Head

suziegle@nmu.edu
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Dr. Matt Van Grinsven

Dr. Matt Van Grinsven

OLA Committee Member

mvangrin@nmu.edu
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Dr. Robert Regis

Dr. Robert Regis

OLA Committee Member

rregis@nmu.edu
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Dr. Norma Froelich

Dr. Norma Froelich

OLA Committee Member

nfroelic@nmu.edu

Student Employees

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Jacklyn Lenten

Jacklyn Lenten

Student Field Technician 2019-2021

jalenten@nmu.edu
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Jane Fitkin

Jane Fitkin

Student Field Technician 2020-2021

jfitkin@nmu.edu