The Western Michigan University Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences maintains the following facilities to support research and education.
Asylum Lake Research and Training Site
The Asylum Lake Research and Training Site was developed by the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences at the Asylum Lake property for course work and advanced graduate study. Most of the geophysical tests, field work and training for the Hydrogeology Field Course is conducted at this site.
Carbonate Petrology and Characterization Laboratory
The Carbonate Petrology and Characterization Laboratory is a collaborative research facility that is directed by Dr. Stephen Kaczmarek. The CPCL, located in Haenicke Hall, is equipped with various laboratory and analytical instruments purposed with investigating the origin and evolution of carbonate rocks and sediments.
Carbonate Sedimentology Laboratory
The Carbonate Sedimentology Laboratory, directed by Dr. William Harrison, is located within the Michigan Geological Repository for Research and Education. This lab is comprised of high-end research materials and a student library.
Earth Science Remote Sensing Laboratory
Michigan Geological Repository for Research and Education
Near-surface Geophysics Laboratory
Rood Hall Rock Garden
The Rood Hall rock garden has become a fixture for orientation tours and for good reason. The Rood Hall rock garden is not just a great place to sit at a picnic table in the shade to relax, catch up on reading or prepare for an exam; the rock garden also features a wide variety of rocks for amateurs and experts alike to explore.
Schmaltz Geology Museum AND DINOSAUR PARK
The Lloyd J. Schmaltz Geology and Mineral Museum is located on the first floor of Rood Hall and has an impressive display of rocks, minerals and fossils. The Dinosaur Park, located on the lawn adjacent to Rood Hall and the Lee Honors College, houses six scale replicas of dinosaurs. Both are free and open to the public.