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Oak Lake Dining hall

 

 

The Oak Lake dining hall can accommodate approximately 100 people in its dining room. Bedroom facilities within the dining hall can provide accommodations for up to 15 people. The hall has a fully equipped kitchen, walk in food cooler and full set of appliances for food preparation. Groups prepare their own food or arrange catering from one of several food services in the area.

Admin building

 

 

The field station administration building includes an office, research laboratory and classroom. This building is equipped with a smart classroom, field laboratory and high-speed wireless Internet. 

 

Bunkhouse

 

 

The Oak Lake bunkhouse can accommodate up to 70 students in double bunks (see below). The bunkhouse consists of two large bunk rooms and a central commons area. The floor layout within this building provides large student group housing needs. Wood burning stoves provide heat during the spring and fall. Bunk areas are equipped with electricity.

Bunkhouse inside

 

 

An inside view of the bunkhouse. 

 

Outdoor classroom

 

 

The outdoor classroom located near the lake shoreline provides shelter for student groups performing activities further from the main buildings. A similar building located on the peninsula serves as a boat house. The station has 8 canoes, 1-12 ft boat, 1-16 ft boat and 1-20 ft boat to support research and teaching activities.

The South Farm Unit at Oak Lake Field Station (banner above) includes the caretaker's residence, barn, repair shop, storage building and bunkhouse. A riding corral near the barn supports horsemanship classes taught by the SDState horse unit.

Research efforts at the field station are supported by a geographic information system of the Oak Lake watershed, database of climate and water quality monitoring data, fax and Internet/e-mail access at the field lab. IBM compatible computers are available in the field lab for data management, analysis and word processing. Laboratory and field equipment are available on site to facilitate studies of prairie, wetland and lake environments.

Instructional efforts for small classes are supported through our classroom at the Administration Building. Resources within this room include a field station library, teaching microscopes, field equipment, drawing materials, preserved specimens, maps and other materials available for visiting classes and field trips. Our classroom and laboratory building is supported with high speed wireless Internet access.