The Louis Calder Center is the middle site along a 130 km (80-mile) urban-forest transect, the Urban-Rural Gradient Experiment (URGE), running from NYC to Western Connecticut, and supports the longest running ecological field study of Lyme Disease in the country. Today, the Calder Center is one of the most important assets in Fordham's educational program. The LCC’s mix of habitats in a largely suburban location has provided students at several levels (graduate, undergraduate, and high school) opportunities to conduct experiments in natural systems, test ecological theory, and quantify the impacts of human disturbance on the land.
The forest, 10-acre lake, and streams comprising the station are contiguous with a 3,400 hectare forested watershed (part of a larger 510,000 ha forest-watershed system), which supplies drinking water for the New York metropolitan region.
Support for research and education activities at the station have come from a wide variety of sources including:
Hudson River Foundation
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Science Foundation (NSF)
NOAA - Sea Grant
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
New York City Urban Parks Service
NY Metropolitan Forest Council
NY State Department of Education
NY State Department of Health
Richard King Mellon Foundation
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Routh Endowment Fund