Fermi National Laboratory


Fermilab offers limited recreational access

Walkers and joggers can enter the Department of Energy's Fermilab, and so can bicyclists and birdwatchers.

Long a favorite recreation spot for its neighbors, Fermilab is again accessible for limited recreational use from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on weekdays and weekends. Pedestrians and bicyclists can now enter the lab from either the main west entrance (Pine Street off Kirk Road) or the east side (Batavia Road off Rte. 59), and may proceed without obtaining identity badges or visitors' passes. Visitors cannot enter a laboratory building-except the Leon Lederman Science Education Center-without identity badges or visitors' passes.

On Sunday afternoons, visitors may obtain an Ask a Scientist Pass at Fermilab's West entrance. The pass allows unescorted visitors to go to the 15th floor of Wilson Hall to attend the Ask a Scientist program, which is held on Sundays from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Visitors must use the Pine Street entrance to obtain the Ask a Scientist pass. There is no fee.

Visitors may also obtain a Buffalo Viewing Pass at Fermilab's West entrance. The pass allows unescorted visitors to drive to the buffalo pasture to view the herd of about 60 buffalo. Driving is restricted to selected roads leading to and from the buffalo pasture. Visitors must use the Pine Street entrance to obtain the Buffalo Viewing Pass, and access is granted from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week. There is no fee.

Motor vehicles are still restricted to the west entrance, and motorists must obtain visitors' passes to enter on lab business. Motorists are reminded that they must enter and exit the site through the west entrance.

For more information, contact the Fermilab Office of Public Affairs (630-840-3351).

For guided tours call (630) 840 5588

last modified 10/4/2002   email Fermilab