The Environmental Study Area

Our Outdoor Classroom

The 300+ acre Environmental Study Area (ESA), adjacent to the former home of Henry and Clara Ford, features many natural habitats. These include a mature beech-maple forest, a floodplain forest, an upland mesic forest, meadows, an 8-acre lake, and the Rouge River on its western border. To learn more about the history of this space, and to track the changes in aerial photographs from 1937 to the present, please visit the ESA Story Map.


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Rouge River
Bird Observatory

The Rouge River Bird Observatory is the longest- running, full-time urban bird research station in North America.
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Contact Us:

Interpretive Center
University of Michigan – Dearborn
4901 Evergreen Road
Dearborn, MI 48128
(313) 593–5338