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Graduate students help monitor these prairie research plots at the 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 work by contributing according to your means.

Our scientists and staff carry out top-flight field-based research in a wide variety of areas. The Survey also manages the university's 3,700-acre field station, which covers three separate sites (all within and hour's drive of KU's main campus) and serves as a resource not only for natural scientists but also for faculty and students in the arts, humanities and professional schools. In addition, we maintain educational areas of the Field Station that are open to the public year-round.

Much of this work must be initiated or accomplished without the support of research grants, which fund narrowly specified activities related to particular studies.

Our work, by its nature, requires us to meet constantly shifting needs, especially during the field season. Therefore, our most crucial need is for endowed funds that provide broad support for research, education and outreach.

Nevertheless, 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. Some of our recent and ongoing initiatives include:

  • general support for Field Station research and educational facilities;
  • scholarships and awards for students in any discipline, including the humanities and the arts, who are undertaking academic projects that rely upon Field Station resources;
  • development of ADA-compliant trails in addition to the wheelchair-accessible trail along the Rockefeller Native Prairie;
  • new infrastructural projects, undertaken by the KU School of Architectural, Design and Planning, or by KU engineering students, that enhance the public experience of the Field Station and contribute to the professional education of these students;
  • K-12 teacher training, public tours, and other education and outreach programs held at the Field Station;
  • conservation and expanded research with establishment of the Baldwin Woods Forest Preserve (see brochure).

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 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 for vital needs such as named, endowed funds to support research, teaching and outreach. If you are interested in discussing a major gift or creating an endowed fund for the Kansas Biological Survey, please contact Sara Baer, Bio Survey director, or Bryan Foster, KU Field Station director..


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