Illinois Natural History Survey - University of Illinois

INHS Field Stations

Our main offices and laboratories are on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus, but our research is strengthened by studies conducted at seven biological stations and three field cooperatives at various locations across the state.


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Forbes Biological Station
The Forbes Biological Station, located outside Havana, focuses on studies relating to waterfowl, wetlands, and the Illinois River environment.

Great Rivers Field Station
The Great Rivers Field Station in Alton, IL gathers environmental and biological data on the Illinois and Mississippi rivers as part of the Long Term Resource Monitoring Program, sponsored by the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. 

Illinois River Biological Station
The Illinois River Biological Station in Havana gathers environmental and biological data on the Illinois River as part of the Long Term Resource Monitoring Program, sponsored by the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Kaskaskia Biological Station
The Kaskaskia Biological Station is located on Lake Shelbyville near Sullivan, and serves as the base for fisheries research conducted on Lake Shelbyville and throughout the state.

Lake Michigan Biological Station
The Lake Michigan Biological Station, located in the North Unit of Illinois Beach State Park near Zion, focuses on research and outreach to improve management of Lake Michigan fisheries, to understand the ecology of the lake, and to prevent the spread of aquatic nuisance species.

Ridge Lake Biological Station
The Ridge Lake Biological Station at Fox Ridge State Park near Charleston focuses on fisheries studies.

Sam Parr Biological Station
The Sam Parr Biological Station is located by Forbes Lake near Kinmundy, has 27 experimental ponds available for fisheries research.

Lost Mound Field Cooperative
The Lost Mound Field Station on the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge near Savanna conducts research to guide prairie and savanna habitat management and restoration.

Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie Field Cooperative
The Midewin Field Station on the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie north of Wilmington conducts research to guide prairie, savanna, and wetland management and restoration.

UIUC Natural Areas
Beginning with the purchase of Trelease Woods in 1917, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has slowly acquired permanent research sites for environmental, ecological and biological research and teaching purposes. The restricted access sites represent a cross-section of biotic communities native to east-central Illinois and are managed with minimal human impact guidelines.

Cache River Field Cooperative

Carlyle Lake Field Cooperative


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