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A classroom in the woods – Audio

A classroom in the woods - Audio

A classroom in the woods

Scott Bowe, Superintendent
Kemp Natural Resources Station
UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

2:58 – Total Time
0:15 – Kemp NRS research, teaching, outreach
1:05 – Community involvement
1:26 – A classroom in the woods
2:15 – More room, year around use
2:30 – Classroom for field work
2:47 – Lead out


Sevie Kenyon: A classroom in the woods, we’re visiting today with Scott Bowe superintendent, Kemp Natural Resource Station University of Wisconsin-Madison in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and I’m Sevie Kenyon. Scott, start out by telling us what is the Kemp Natural Resource Station.

Scott Bowe: Kemp station is located in Woodruff, Wisconsin right on Tomahawk lake. A wonderful setting for focusing on natural resource research. We look at everything from forestry research, wildlife research, and some aquatic research as well. Our station really has three components we have a teaching mission, an outreach mission, and a research mission. Of course, the teaching component fits well with our teaching that we do on campus and we can provide the field component here in the north woods. The outreach component is very important to show Wisconsin what we do, convey some of the research that we are working on and that is actually a very fun part of what we do up here and of course the research component this past year we had more than 80 different research projects going on, on station. So that is a really important part of what we do as well.

Sevie Kenyon: Scott, does the community use the Kemp station?

Scott Bowe: Absolutely, the community uses our station as a part of our outreach efforts. So, we have a number of events we have throughout the year were the community comes in, has different opportunities to participate in workshops, different learning opportunities for the community.

Sevie Kenyon: And Scott, there’s some new activity taking place here on the station can you describe what’s going on?

Scott Bowe: Yeah we’re actually building a new classroom, and the classroom will be called The Connor Forestry Center through the generosity of Mary and Dudley Pierce. Mary grew up as a Connor, it was her maiden name and her family’s been involved in forestry and forest products for decades. Classroom is scheduled to be open this December this new classroom will accommodate winter use, for full year-round use, and it will actually accommodate many more people than we can accommodate right now. Our current class room can only fit about 30 people and it is only useable in the summer, it’s not useable in the winter months. So, our new classroom will have the ability to accommodate up to 80 people in the large classroom and up to 30 people in the smaller classroom.

Sevie Kenyon: Scott, maybe you can describe some of the features of the classroom.

Scott Bowe: Yeah, the Connor Forestry Center is about 4500 sq. ft. we’ll have a kitchen area for preparing catered meals and that sort of thing and a wonderful lobby that really invites you into the north woods environment.

Sevie Kenyon: What kind of classes will be held there?

Scott Bowe: On station we hold a lot of field courses, so an opportunity to get out and work in our wonderful forested area here in Northern Wisconsin and of course there’s always some classroom component to that as well, so we’ll be able to combine our field courses with the class room component right here on station.

Sevie Kenyon: We’ve been visiting with Scott Bowe superintendent Kemp Natural Resource Station, University of Wisconsin-Madison in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and I’m Sevie Kenyon.