The transformation of the Number II Experimental Farm (of the former Textile Science Faculty) to an outdoor center for environmental research was commemorated this spring. The catalyst for this development was Administration Department Director General Kinoshita taking a stand on under-utilization of the area. It is hoped the site will now be used for education and research, social welfare, and community use. Thanks to twelve months of hard work on the part of faculty and student volunteers, roads are now clear and the area is more easily accessible. The “Eco-Field” covers an area of 6917㎡making it significantly larger than a soccer field. It includes walking paths, research areas, a multi-purpose open area and a lookout shelter, among other facilities. In addition to specimens for botanical research, plum, cherry, chestnut and persimmon trees abound. The site ranges in height from 114 to 142 meters above sea level, making for splendid views of Daimonji and Hiei-zan from the mountaintop. KIT administrators can attest to this. They attended the opening ceremony here on March 17, 2008 when they came to enjoy the plum blossoms.