Barbara Beiser Voorhees was a 1949 graduate of Marietta College. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in Business. Barbara was born in Marietta and graduated from Marietta High School. Her father, John Beiser, was a circulation manager at The Marietta Times and a local golf pro. Her grandfather, Dr. John A. Beiser, was a dentist in Marietta -- his office was located at 254 Front Street from 1901 until his death in 1962. Barbara died on August 2, 2005 in Highland Park New Jersey Barbara is survived by her four children, 15 grandchildren, her sister Judith and her brother John. Barbara’s husband, Ralph Voorhees was a retired stockbroker and graduated from Rutgers University in 1948 and received his MBA from NYU in 1950. He passed away in November, 2013. The field station property was in the Beiser family for many years and was last farmed before the Great Depression, although portions have been logged since.
Marietta College, through the
generosity of Ralph Voorhees, and with the cooperation of the Friends
of the Lower Muskingum and funding from the Clean
Ohio Green Space Conservation Program, operates the Barbara A. Beiser
('49) Field Station. Named for Barbara
Beiser, Valedictorian of the Marietta College class of 1949 and
Ralph's wife of over 50 years, the field station occupies 2000 feet of riverbank on the Little
Muskingum River about 5 miles east of the college campus. The
approximately 77 acre site has a variety of terrestrial habitats
including mature deciduous forest, successional forest and old
fields on a landscape that ranges from flat river terraces to steep
forested slopes with rock outcrops. A number of wetlands
including seeps, springs, streams and small floodplain ponds are
is used for a number of purposes. Classes such as Flowering
Plants, Field Biology Techniques, Lower Plants, and Zoology all use
the site. Special field trips are arranged for bird watching,
visits to the ponds during the salamander and frog breeding seasons
and spring wildflower viewing, to name just a few.
The station is open to the
public; plan your visit with the resources from the link below:
Other important links can be
found at the left of the page.
When fully developed, the station will
have a pavilion and field laboratory building, as well as a
network of trails including marked nature trails. We
envision a full program of educational opportunities,
including field trips for local K-12 students, training
sessions for their teachers, and nature study opportunities for
citizens of all ages.
Aerial view of the field
station. SR 26 runs east-west just out of the top of the frame;
the Ohio River similarly runs southwest below the frame. The red
squares approximate the property boundaries.