GNR Field Resources

Our students learn by going outside and doinghands-on learning in the field. Our physical location is advantageous in that it gives faculty and students access to an abundance of on- and off-campus fieldwork opportunities.


Few campuses in the country have the on-campus field resources that we have at Western where you can study streams, soils, forests, wetlands, earth history, tectonics, water quality, as well as the affects of land development on environmental change.

Cullowhee Creek Field Station (CCEFS)
The CCEFS is an on-campus site developed to facilitate an investigative and interdisciplinary approach to learning in introductory through advanced level classes in the geology and physics programs.
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Western Carolina Hydrological Research Station (WCHRS)
As part of Western Carolina Hydrological Research Station (WCHRS), North Carolina Department of the Environment and Natural Resources (NCDENR) scientists and students and faculty in the Department of Geosciences and Natural Resources are examining water movement through the Southern Appalachian mountain environment.
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The department has access to a number of off-campus sites through partnerships with the following entities: National Park Service (NPS), United States Forest Service (USFS), and Balsam Mountain Preserve.


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