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The Graver Arboretum and the Raker Field Station
'Berg Participates in and Hosts Student Chemists' Convention

The Graver Arboretum and
the Raker Field Station

By Allison Auclair ‘05

While pursuing a degree in the sciences, a student’s ability to conduct out-of-the classroom field research is vital to his or her advancement. The Lee and Virginia Graver Arboretum and the Conrad W. Raker Biological Field Station and Wildlife Sanctuary, both owned by Muhlenberg College, provide impeccable settings for biology research and study.

Dan Skoczylas ’06 and Richard Niesenbaum, head of the biology department, at the Graver Arboretum

Graver Arboretum, located in Bushkill Township, Pa., was created by Lee and Virginia Graver. For more than 40 years, the Gravers meticulously cleared dense briar areas, thick brush areas and woods to create an environment conducive to growth for wild flowers, ferns, mountain laurels, mushrooms, giant grasses, brushes, rhododendrons, azaleas and native and rare trees, including more than 200 species of conifers.

Conservationists and nature lovers, the Gravers began to develop this living museum from native forest and family farmland in 1947, and, upon its completion in 1994, donated their 48-acre masterpiece to the College. Although very important to the Muhlenberg science curriculum, Graver Arboretum is open to the general public and offers a serene retreat for the casual visitor.

To ensure its long-term preservation, the Gravers established an endowment fund for the Arboretum in 1995. This fund guarantees that future generations of the Muhlenberg community will have the ability to take pleasure in the magnificence of this valued natural laboratory.

Currently, Graver Arboretum is used for a considerable amount of student research. Muhlenberg students who are studying botany, ecology, environmental science and ornithology frequently utilize Graver’s natural habitat for research. In courses such as field botany and plant ecology, held on-site, students become skilled at identifying plants, mapping plant communities and designing experiments that are important for continued understanding and conservation of this ecological community.

Slightly smaller than Graver Arboretum, Raker Field Station is a 40-acre wooded tract located in Germansville, PA. Featuring a section of Jordan Creek within the preserve, Raker enables students to study aquatic science as well as plant and animal biology. Different from Graver, Raker is uncultivated and features both forest and wetland systems. The crucial aspect, however, is the unmanaged characteristic, as it is beneficial for students to be able to observe a natural ecosystem.

Today, under the management of Muhlenberg faculty and staff, Graver and Raker maintain their unique blend of wild and managed areas and continue to provide an outdoor laboratory for the College.


'Berg Participates in and Hosts Student Chemists' Convention

Lehigh Cement Company and Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. co-sponsored the 69th Intercollegiate Student Chemists' Convention at Muhlenberg College, on April 16, 2005. This intercollegiate convention is one of the oldest, continuously meeting annual conventions of its type in the United States. Approximately 15 institutions were represented by students and faculty, presenting research in analytical chemistry, biochemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry and physical chemistry. In addition to Muhlenberg, other institutions included Bucknell, Villanova, Ursinus, Elizabethtown, and the U.S. Naval Academy.

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