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.


Forbes Biological Station

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

2018_02.02_INHS_MapButton_blue.png   20003 N CR 1770E, Havana, IL 62644

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. 

2018_02.02_INHS_MapButton_blue.png   918 Union Street, Alton, IL 62002

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.

2018_02.02_INHS_MapButton_blue.png   N Schrader Street, Havana, IL 62644


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.

2018_02.02_INHS_MapButton_blue.png   1235 Co Rd 1000N, Sullivan, IL 61951

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.

2018_02.02_INHS_MapButton_blue.png   400 17th Street, Zion, IL 60099

Ridge Lake Biological Station

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

2018_02.02_INHS_MapButton_blue.png   17211 Ridge Lake Road, Charleston, IL 61920

Sam Parr Biological Station

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

2018_02.02_INHS_MapButton_blue.png   6401 Meacham Road, Kinmundy, IL 62854


  Field Cooperatives


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.

  University of Illinois Natural Areas

Beginning with the purchase of Trelease Woods in 1917, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has slowly acquired 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.

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