Students and faculty have been working toward a restoration of the environmental laboratory situated along Sugar Creek, located between the Cardinal Court Student Housing and the ISU Carter Harris Physical Plant. Grants were obtained to conduct an ecological assessment and a restoration plan for the site. The broad purpose is to reestablish the environmental learning laboratory and nature trail that had been in existence at that site until the mid-1990's. This would be accomplished by reestablishing an oak-savanna ecosystem through an ecological restoration process, allowing for inter-disciplinary programming and hands-on, practical applications for students.
The environmental laboratory was originally established by Dr. Metzer in the Department of Biology. The original trail guide consisted of a walking path with interpretative displays. Remnants of the laboratory can be found on the site today.