The LeSuer Nature Preserve was designed with a goal of serving the public as an educational and recreational area, as well as preserving and restoring habitat for native species.
LeSure is a 16.5 acre plot of land within an easy 10-minute walk from campus provides new opportunities for field classes and research. Rolling hills bisected by a large stream offer upland grassland, forest, riparian, and aquatic habitats for study. Restoration of the entire area to pre-settlement conditions (including 5 acres of native tall grass prairie) provides abundant opportunities for student research. Water quality monitoring and aquatic ecology studies are also possible in the stream.
LeSure Nature Preserve was purchased in 1997 with gift from former trustee William LeSure ‘42 and Arlen Snow LeSure ’42.