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Courses at the Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus

Immersive summer courses at the Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus (LUREC) give students the opportunity to learn via hands-on, place-based education and deepen their appreciation for the natural world. For the last three weeks in May, students live and study at LUREC, which offers 98 acres of prairies, woodlands, and wetlands about 60 miles northwest of Chicago. Students stay on campus in a dormitory setting, eat meals together in the cafeteria, and complete the equivalent of one semester-long course in only three weeks.

Faculty members teaching the courses take advantage of the LUREC facilities and the nearby natural areas and farms in McHenry County to combine classroom learning, lab activities, and hands-on experiences in the field. View the video above for an overview of the LUREC experience or read more here.

In addition to the summer session, faculty members use the facilities at LUREC throughout the academic year for field trips for courses such as plant biology, bird conservation, and ecology. 

LUREC Summer Session 2023

The 2023 Summer Session at LUREC will run from Sunday, May 14, through Friday, June 2. 

The following courses will be offered: 

  • ENVS 280/286s: Principles of Ecology Lecture and Lab with Ray Dybzinski, PhD
    Note that students who need ENVS 286 can also take this class. 
  • ENVS 223: Soil Ecology with Federico Sinche, PhD
    This course counts as a Tier II Science Core Course. 
  • ENVS 398: Herpetology with Mark Mackey, SJ 
    This course will fill a 300-level science elective slot in all SES degree programs. 

Check back soon for additional details.  

Immersive summer courses at the Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus (LUREC) give students the opportunity to learn via hands-on, place-based education and deepen their appreciation for the natural world. For the last three weeks in May, students live and study at LUREC, which offers 98 acres of prairies, woodlands, and wetlands about 60 miles northwest of Chicago. Students stay on campus in a dormitory setting, eat meals together in the cafeteria, and complete the equivalent of one semester-long course in only three weeks.

Faculty members teaching the courses take advantage of the LUREC facilities and the nearby natural areas and farms in McHenry County to combine classroom learning, lab activities, and hands-on experiences in the field. View the video above for an overview of the LUREC experience or read more here.

In addition to the summer session, faculty members use the facilities at LUREC throughout the academic year for field trips for courses such as plant biology, bird conservation, and ecology. 

LUREC Summer Session 2023

The 2023 Summer Session at LUREC will run from Sunday, May 14, through Friday, June 2. 

The following courses will be offered: 

  • ENVS 280/286s: Principles of Ecology Lecture and Lab with Ray Dybzinski, PhD
    Note that students who need ENVS 286 can also take this class. 
  • ENVS 223: Soil Ecology with Federico Sinche, PhD
    This course counts as a Tier II Science Core Course. 
  • ENVS 398: Herpetology with Mark Mackey, SJ 
    This course will fill a 300-level science elective slot in all SES degree programs. 

Check back soon for additional details.