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Poised to become one of the nation's most important and significant sites for the study of biological complexity and large river systems, VCU's Inger and Walter Rice Center for Environmental Life Sciences resides on over 343 acres along the James River. With strands of hickory, pine, oak and beech, a wild place of old growth forests and diverse aquatic habitats-- including a 70-acre lake teeming with life (more than 200 kinds of birds alone, including Bald Eagles!), help make up this living laboratory just 30 minutes from Richmond.

Here, students get more than just lectures about ecology, environmental sciences and natural resources. They get to see it all, experience it all, and gain a unique perspective from the vantage point of the Commonwealth's largest and most historic aquatic ecosystem- the James River. The Rice Center is a major component of VCU Life Sciences, the University's comprehensive program of study that bridges both of its campuses, and will be developed as a site for research, teaching, and public service. Through the Rice Center, VCU has the unprecedented opportunity to establish a nationally recognized academic program leading to a greater understanding of the beauty, fragility, and innate complexity of our natural world.

For more information, visit the VCU Rice Center website.

 


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