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Gannon celebrates five years of science and education at the Alstadt Environmental Center

Published: 11/15/2021

Judith Alstadt alongside Gannon students, members of the Gannon University Fishing Club

Judith Alstadt alongside Gannon students, members of the Gannon University Fishing Club

Members of the Gannon community joined Judith Alstadt to celebrate the five-year anniversary commemoration of the Alstadt family’s donation of property for the Donald M and Judith C. Alstadt Environmental Center to Gannon University.

The Alstadt Environmental Center takes learning outside the classroom for many students and faculty. The waterfront property, located on 3.57 acres of land on Brokenstraw Creek in Warren County, Pennsylvania, has created an array of opportunities to live, learn and conduct research in a setting that offers unparalleled access to diverse ecosystems over the last five years. 

The Center's two lodges and extensive observation decks overlook the creek where Gannon students in biology, freshwater and marine biology, environmental science, environmental engineering, and other disciplines immerse themselves in hands-on field research, a signature component of Gannon’s undergraduate student experience.

“Our goal at Gannon University is to provide an environment for faculty and students to partner in learning, and this extraordinary gift certainly achieves that goal. It is fitting that such transformative learning experiences are being made possible by a long-time educator such as Mrs. Alstadt," said Dr. Keith Taylor, president of Gannon University. 

Read more from the Alstadt Environmental Center's history in Gannon Magazine.

Photo courtesy of @gannonbass on Instagram, the Gannon University Fishing Club.