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How you can help

Field ecology class with Prof. Bob Hagen at the KU Field Station.

Private contributions from individuals and organizations provide key support for Survey research and the education associated with it. The Survey invites you to support its environmental and educational work by making a financial contribution according to your means.

Every gift—large or small—makes an important difference, and 100 percent of your gift benefits the Survey directly. At any given time, the Kansas Biological Survey has many projects under way that support research, conservation and education. Current initiatives, all of which would benefit from private support, include:

  • development of ADA-compliant trails in addition to the wheelchair-accessible trail along the Rockefeller Native Prairie;
  • support for new infrastructural projects, undertaken by the KU School of Architectural, Design and Planning, or by KU engineering students, that enhance the public experience and contribute to the professional education of these students;
  • support the KU Field Station Summer Courses, K-12 teacher training, public workshops, school field trips, and other education and outreach programs held at the Field Station;
  • general support for Field Station research and educational facilities;
  • scholarships for students from any discipline, including the humanities and the arts, who are undertaking academic projects alongside Survey scientists or that rely upon Field Station resources.

Ongoing needs include:

  • acquisition of land to buffer sensitive Field Station habitat that supports conservation and environmental research;
  • operations support for the 3,400-acre Field Station, which is not covered through research grants;
  • technical support and equipment used to develop public tools from the Survey's vast data holdings, including interactive maps available via this website.

Give online
You may give by credit card through KU Endowment (a separate, secure site) to the following areas at the Survey:

Gifts by mail
Please make your check payable to KU Endowment and send a note indicating that your gift is for either the KU Field Station or the Kansas Biological Survey to:

KU Endowment
P.O. Box 928
Lawrence, KS  66044-0928

Monthly installments
When you give online, you may indicate your preference to make your gifts in installments via automatic bank transfer, or credit or debit card. If you are mailing in your membership form and wish to make your gift in installments, please note your preference in an accompanying letter or contact KU Endowment via email (givetoku@kuendowment.org) or phone (785-832-7400 or 800-444-4201).

Matching gifts
Does your employer match charitable contributions? Remember to request a match and increase your gift to the Survey. You can request a match whether you give online or mail in a check.

Major gifts
Major gifts can provide support for vital needs such as acquisition of land to buffer native habitats; long-term faculty and student support; research equipment and travel funding; and development of KU Field Station facilities for research and teaching. If you are interested in discussing a major gift or creating an endowed fund for the Kansas Biological Survey, please contact:

Scott Campbell
Associate Director, Kansas Biological Survey
Outreach Coordinator, KU Field Station

Jenna Goodman
Senior Development Director, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
KU Endowment
785-832-7417 or 832-7350