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Ecology

The Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve

The Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve is located just south of Vassar’s campus, and consists of both a multi-use area and a 415-acre Ecological Preserve. Organizations like the Environmental Cooperative at the Vassar Barns, the Poughkeepsie Farm Project, and the Hudson Valley Corps of the Student Conservation Association are hosted in this space.

The Ecological Preserve comprises a multitude of habitats featuring a wide array of flora and fauna. The Preserve is a living laboratory for students and faculty at Vassar, and is also open to the community for hiking, biking, and running on a network of marked trails.

The Environmental Cooperative at Vassar Barn

Tree planting at Vassar Farm

The Environmental Cooperative brings together regional environmental organizations, community groups, educators, the Vassar College community, and residents to increase our impact and expand conservation efforts in the Hudson Valley. Their programs and initiatives deepen engagement with environmental issues both within the college and among area residents, supporting stronger connections between the two.