The W.K. Kellogg Biological Station (KBS) is Michigan State University’s largest off-campus education complex and one of North America’s premier inland field stations. Located between Kalamazoo and Battle Creek, Michigan (about 65 miles from MSU’s main campus in East Lansing), the 3,873 acres (1,566 hectares) station includes W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary, W.K. Kellogg Farm, KBS Academic and Research Facilities, W.K. Kellogg Conference Center and Manor House, and Lux Arbor Reserve. KBS is a premier site for field experimental research in aquatic and terrestrial ecology that takes advantage of the diverse managed and unmanaged ecosystems. The varied habitats of KBS include forests, old fields, streams, wetlands, lakes, and agricultural lands. The general public is welcome to engage with KBS through site visits, program participation, and volunteer opportunities.
- Professional development for teachers: The KBS K-12 Partnership provides teachers in-depth exposure to research topics in environmental science and training to teach inquiry-based science at the elementary and secondary levels. The Partnership is a joint effort among KBS scientists, MSU College of Education faculty, and science teachers and administrators in southwest Michigan school districts. Since 1999 the Partnership has been supported by multiple grants and is sustained by the KBS Long-term Ecological Research Program (the National Science Foundation’s Long-term Ecological Research Program).
- Group tours: As part of Michigan State University, the Kellogg Biological Station welcomes your group to visit. Certain areas of KBS have limited tour offerings to protect ongoing research projects. Groups wishing to visit multiple locations may require a coordination fee. Please note that no reservations are considered final until you receive confirmation from the KBS location(s) you wish to visit. Tour requests should be made at least 1 month before preferred date of visit.
- KBS volunteer program: Make a difference in the lives of students and community by volunteering. Whether it’s pulling invasive species, teaching youth about the wonders of nature, or sharing a piece of Michigan’s history, we need your help in connecting people to science, agriculture and history.