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Providing the setting for success

This place is a playground for biology lovers. With a river, creek, and 230-acre natural area located on our campus, you only have to take a few steps outside of your classroom to see biology come to life. You will also find that within the walls of Phillips Hall, home of the Biology Department, there are several labs, collections, and greenhouses to explore. Check out the many great resources below.

Biology students walk across a wooden bridge.

Putnam Park

This 230-acre park is a special place on campus. Blugolds use this beautiful nature-filled space to read, relax, or go on a nature walk. The Department of Biology takes advantage of the learning and research opportunities provided by the diverse animal and plant habitats. 

Students looking at Bird Museum at UWEC

James Newman Clark Bird Museum

Featuring over 500 species, the James Newman Clark Bird collection brings a wide variety of local and non-local birds to life. Not only can Blugolds take advantage of this interesting collection, but the public is welcome too!

Step into the museum
UWEC student looking at fish collection


Blugolds can closely examine thousands of fish, insects, plants and more in one of our many extensive collections. Some of these collections are filled with thousands of specimens!

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fern plants


Study exotic plants and succulents even in the cold of winter thanks to our incredible greenhouses. Like many of the great facilities we have at UWEC, the greenhouses are also open to the public.

Get your green thumb on
UWEC professor and student working in materials science lab

Instruments + Labs

Want to get a closer look at what you’re studying? Blugolds have access to state-of-the-art instruments and resources throughout several labs. If electron microscopes and genetic analysis systems get your pulse raising, there's more where that came from.

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