Campus Updates

Visit the Campus Updates page for information on Mount Holyoke’s response to the global pandemic. The Opening the Gates website contains the plan for the spring semester.

Campus Research Center

The Mount Holyoke campus has long served as a field station for student and faculty research. As a component of the living lab, the campus research center stores data on a rich array of environmental phenomena.

Using the Institutional Data Archive (IDA), those affiliated with Mount Holyoke or the general public may access both faculty and student research data, reports and other materials, including a collection of historical and contemporary campus maps.

In particular, students may view, download and use data collected from more than two dozen courses and many more independent student projects and then conveniently upload and store their own research, thus contributing to this vast body of knowledge for future student endeavors.

On IDA, the data collected in the campus living lab are split into three sub-communities:, Environmental Monitoring, Sustainability and Environmental History.

Photo of Kate Ballentine and students performing soil sampling

Environmental Monitoring

Students work with faculty to monitor weather, water flow, water quality, forest composition and more — and build upon a network of pre-existing datasets.
Students on stairs near Kendade Hall


Students, faculty and staff engage in conservation and innovation in smart energy use, and local food and resource management.
Aerial photo of the landscape of the Mount Holyoke campus

Environmental History

The physical landscape of the Mount Holyoke College campus has been used for a variety of activities, including for leisure, science, art and culture.
Photo of the outdoor classroom at the Project Stream site

Project Stream Site Monitoring

Participants in the Restoration Ecology Program monitor several environmental features at a real-life restoration site — including soil and water quality.