The UW-Milwaukee at Waukesha Field Station has begun a new strategic planning process. A grant from the National Science Foundation is providing funds for the project. Leading the effort are faculty members Teresa Schueller (Biology), Suzanne Joneson (Biology), Ada Duffey (Business), Bill Schneider (Philosophy), and Quintin Bendixen (Geology and Geography). The comprehensive planning process will result in a 10-year strategic plan that will direct the future of the station.
The Field Station was established in 1967 on a 98-acre site that was gifted to the campus by Gertrude Sherman. Located in the Kettle Moraine area near Oconomowoc, it provides a living library, outdoor laboratory, and art studio for area students of all ages as well as researchers, and the general public. A popular gathering place for UWM at Waukesha students and other local groups, it includes a beautiful restored prairie/oak savannah as well as a variety of forestland, wetlands and natural areas.
The first formal planning meeting with more than 25 experts met at the Field Station recently. In addition to faculty and staff from UWM at Waukesha, the advisory group included art faculty from UW-Milwaukee, Wisconsin Master Naturalists and local K-12 educators. In addition, field station experts from nearby Carroll University and as far away as the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Montana participated.
Future meetings will focus on increasing the scientific impact of the station, as well as directing sound and sustainable management practices. Smart strategic planning will help ensure the Field Station’s continued success. For more information about the Field Station, visit the website at waukesha.uwc.edu or contact Director, Teresa Schueller (firstname.lastname@example.org).