Canoes, hikes, s’mores: Biology department holds annual retreat – Hillsdale Collegian


Junior Elizabeth Palmer participates in the canoe trip down the Manistee River as a part of the annual biology retreat at the G.H. Gordon Biological Station. Andrea Wallace | Courtesy

When Hillsdale College biology students swap laboratories and classrooms for their annual lakeside retreat, they trek through the woods on a botany hike, burn methane, and canoe for hours on a river.

“Whether it’s lighting swamp gas…the s’mores, the canoe trips, the meals that we share together, even the ride up and back ­— the trip heightens camaraderie among students of different levels and [between] students and faculty,” Associate Professor of Biology Jeffrey VanZant said in an email. “The whole weekend is fantastic.”

About 25 science students and seven biology faculty members attended the biology retreat Saturday and Sunday, which was held more than three…



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