Research at Blue Heron

Field Research Center (FRC)




off-the-grid Solar Energy


Beaver Dam Analog Project


Field Research Center (FRC)

The Field Research Center (FRC) is a transformed standalone garage and is now a 100% off-the-grid solar powered conservation facility.

Land O Lakes, home of the FRC, is full of life and wonder as the Amphibian Foundation restores Frosted Flatwood Salamander populations and the Atlanta Audubon Society researches bird populations.

The mural was painted by Alison Hamil and includes a Blue Heron, a Cope’s gray tree frog, and an American goldfinch to represent the Preserve and our closest partners.


There are four honey bee hives located adjacent to the Field Education Center. We have several beehives throughout the Preserve.

Southeast Beescapes installed the hives and the honeybees pollinate the native wildflower meadow at Land O Lakes.


Trailblazers (ages 8 - 12) call the Field Research Center their home during the summertime. They learn about the research conducted at Land O Lakes, try experiments of their own, learn about beehives, and much more.

The FRC acts as a place to rest, have a snack, discuss what they've seen so far, and restock on exploration tools like butterfly nets, magnifying glasses, and field guides.



If you visit Land O Lakes, you will see several big white tubs by the FRC. These are mesocosms aka miniature ecosystems that are used by The Amphibian Foundation.

The mesocosms hold Frosted Flatwood Salamanders which are an endangered species. The Amphibian Foundation focuses on conservation efforts to restore a few endangered species like the Frosted Flatwoods Salamander, the Gopher Frog, the Striped Newt, and the Tiger Salamander.

Solar Energy

Through a partnership with Radiance Solar, Sonnen Batterie, RedBird LED, Cantsink, and many volunteers, the Field Research Center became a 100% off-the-grid facility.

Radiance Solar and Sonnen Batterie collect data from this facility to study how off-the-grid systems work to further solar research.


Beaver Dam Analog Project


We believe in learning from nature to preserve and restore natural systems. Beaver Dam Analogs (BDAs) are imitation beaver dams. This project focuses on building BDAs to help mitigate urban flooding and runoff- just like real beaver dams.

The Emma Wetlands are home to two BDAs, and plan to install thirteen total. Beavers are a keystone species for wetlands and their dams create diverse habitats and ecosystems.