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Prophet Aquatic Research and Outreach Center

Events + High Impact Learning Experiences

The Prophet Aquatic Research and Outreach Center (PAROC) provides hands-on learning opportunities on our campus! 
Emporia State University is the only university in Kansas with an aquatic research and outreach facility on campus.


The PAROC enhances ESU's capacity for outreach education. The PAROC expands our ability to educate the public about the importance of water and aquatic environments and expand the opportunity for students and teachers to research aquatic organisms at Emporia State.


During an academic school year, numerous students will use the PAROC for their research projects. Many of the elementary and secondary education science majors will also use the PAROC because they are required to take courses that prepare them to provide their students with opportunities for hands-on activities to learn about biology. The PAROC will provide a space for teaching portions of those courses that prepare teachers.

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High-Impact Learning

Some of the goals of the PAROC are to increase the number of high-impact learning activities available to our students and individuals across the state; increase collaboration efforts with local K-12 schools to educate the state on the value of natural resources with a special focus on aquatic environments; and increase the number of professionals trained at Emporia State for careers in natural resources.

Research opportunities at PAROC will provide high-impact learning for students. The outreach efforts within the Emporia community and beyond will include but are not limited to working with and educating preschool children; K-12 students; Boy Scouts; Girl Scouts; 4-H members; prospective students; Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism; Nature Conservancy; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Evergy; and Wolf Creek employees.

Thank You to Our Donors

The PAROC provides engaging hands-on research and outreach opportunities for our campus and community! We are grateful for donations to support these efforts!

We thank all who have made the PAROC facility a reality at ESU!


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Hours of Operation:​
  • Monday:          9 AM - 4 PM

  • Tuesday:         9 AM - 4 PM

  • Wednesday:   9 AM - 4 PM

  • Thursday:       9 AM - 4 PM

  • Friday:            9 AM - 4 PM

After hour programs available upon request:
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