Welcome to the KU Field Station

Two students in outdoor greenhouse-like structures working in native plant plots

The KU Field Station welcomes students, faculty and staff from across the University of Kansas and other institutions for study at our three sites. In addition, we maintain 5 miles of public trails and offer many public programs for people of all abilities and skill levels. We look forward to meeting you!

Programs & events

Science Sundays image text with photo of hands holding morel mushrooms

Science Sundays

This monthly series of in-person, afternoon public talks covers a variety of science topics, including research at the Field Station. Talks are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
Small group working with collected native plant seeds in trays

Special events

We host a wide variety of events, outdoors and in, throughout the year. Follow the seasons and experience wonder with us. Check the KU Events Calendar or find us on Facebook.
Group of students in woodland setting holding tools

Volunteer opportunities

Help clear trails, maintain native plant gardens, grow food and more! The Field Station offers many opportunities for learning and shared experiences—for students as well as members of the public.
Mayapple in bloom

Monthly newsletter

Our newsletter provides information about KU Field Station public programs and volunteer opportunities for the upcoming month, as well as highlights and photos from previous events.

Our nature trail system

Our five-mile trail system, minutes from town yet a world away, is open to the public dawn to dusk every day. Interpretive signage at three trailheads and along the Rockefeller Prairie Trail helps tell the story.
Entrance to woodland trail, with sign and stone pillars

Our field reserves

The KU Field Station is made up of 11 distinct reserves in three different areas, all within an hour's drive of the City of Lawrence.
Spring wildflowers on forest floor