Located in Auburn, the Preserve is 120 acres of forest land donated to Auburn University for educational use. SFWS students both learn and serve in several capacities here. They might conduct research projects, lead hikes, help with educational programs, develop interpretive signage, or learn different aspects of park operations.
Mary Olive Thomas Demonstration Forest
This facility is 400 acres of forest land just outside Auburn, designated as a demonstration forest. Students have used this land to develop recreation or education management plans, conduct fire behavior projects, and gather for a yearly \”Ice Breaker\” cook-out.
This 5,300 outdoor classroom was donated to the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences for educational use in 1980. The Solon Dixon Center is the site of the Summer Practicum, an immersive field education experience for both forestry and wildlife students. Students live in housing facilities on-site and get hands-on experience that cannot be found in a classroom.
Sometimes called the SFWS backyard, 11 acres of forestland sits just behind our building on the Auburn University campus. Students have cleared a walking trail, worked many hours to clear invasive species, and helped develop interpretive signage in this tract and another stand just across Donahue Drive.