University of Kansas Field Station


KUFS headquarters area.
KUFS headquarters area.

The University of Kansas Field Station lands and facilities are located in eastern Kansas, within an hour's drive of the KU main campus, and are found in four general groupings: 1) a core area north of Lawrence that includes the field station proper where major research and support facilities, and the Armitage Education Center, are located; 2) a forest preserve south of Lawrence; 3) a tallgrass prairie preserve in southern Anderson County; and 4) the Hall Nature Reserve northwest of Lawrence.

Directions from the KU Campus:

Field station proper, including Armitage Education Center

Research and Operations Center/Nelson Area Field Office: 785-843-8573
Workshop: 785-843-9816

The Robinson Tract, Fitch Natural History Reservation, McColl Nature Reserve, Rockefeller Experimental Tract, and Nelson Environmental Study Area (including the Research and Operations Area and the Armitage Education Center), are situated just north/northeast of the Lawrence Municipal Airport, about a 20-25 minute drive from the Lawrence campus.

Driving directions to Armitage Center/Research and Operations Center/Nelson Environmental Study Area: From downtown Lawrence, proceed north across the Kansas River bridge and travel 2 miles to the junction of U.S. 59/24 and U.S. 24/40. Turn east and travel 1.5 miles on U.S. 24/40 (past the Lawrence Airport) to East 1600 Road. Turn left (north). Following the green road signs with directions to the KU Field Station, continue 4 miles north on 1600 to the entrance to the Field Station Research and Operations Center and enter through the open gate. The Armitage Center, field office, labs and maintenance shop are about ¼ mile from the entrance. (NOTE: East 1600 Road does not run straight north. About a mile north of 24/40, it veers west then turns sharply east and north again. At the top of a hill 3.5 miles north of 24/40, the road merges with 1st Street, Jefferson County; continue as the road turns east, north, east, then north again.) The address, which will come up accurately on a Google search, is 350 Wild Horse Road, Lawrence, KS 66044.

To Native Medicinal Plant Research Garden: The garden on E 1600 Road is just 1/2 mile north of U.S. 24/40, north of Prairie Moon Waldorf School (formerly Grant Township School).

To Robinson Tract: This area is on E 1600 Road about 1.5 miles north of U.S. 24/40. The entrance/parking lot is at the top of the hill on the left side of the road.

To Fitch Natural History Reservation and the Suzanne Ecke McColl Nature Reserve: On E 1600 Road about 2.5 miles north of U.S. 24/40, you will see the stone and wrought iron gate to the Fitch Reserve on the east (right) and the large parking area at the McColl Reserve across the road (the Roth rammed-earth trailhead shelter is there). Park at the McColl Reserve. There is a pedestrian entrance to the Fitch trails.

To Rockefeller Experimental Tract and Rockefeller Prairie Trailhead: On E 1600 Road about 3.5 miles north of U.S. 24/40 you will see the parking lot and trailhead shelter on the north (left) side of the road.


Forest Preserve - Baldwin Woods Area

The Baldwin Woods area is approximately 15 miles (30 minutes) from KU.

Driving Directions:

From the KU campus, proceed to Iowa Street (US 59 Highway) and head south out of town.  From the junction of K-10 and US 59 Highway on the south edge of town proceed about 6 miles on US 59 to DG CO Rd 460 (also called N 650 Rd).  Turn left (east) on 460 and proceed 5 miles to DG CO Rd 1055 ( also called E 1700 Rd).  Turn right (south) onto 1055 and proceed about 1 ¼ miles (just beyond N 500 Rd on the left which goes along the north edge of the Rice Woodland) to a small gravel parking area on the west side of the road at the foot of the hill.

Parking Notes:

At the parking area is a wooden sign for the Breidenthal Biological Reserve and a foot gate which affords limited access into the Breidenthal Tract.  Make sure when parking to NOT block the private gravel driveway on the south edge of the parking spaces.

Hall Nature Reserve

The Hall Nature Reserve is 8-9 miles (about 20 minutes) from KU. Access is by permission only.

At the intersection of Iowa Street (US 59 Highway) and West 15th Street proceed west on 15th Street one mile to Kasold Street.  Take Kasold north about 3 miles to DG CO Road 438 (also called N1800 Road).  Turn left (west) and travel on DG CO. 438 about 3 miles to E900 Road (gravel).  Turn right (north) on E900 Road.  After ½ mile, road bears left (west) and becomes N1850 Road.  Travel ½ mile west on N1850 Road then turn right (north) onto E850 Road.  Proceed about a mile and then turn left on N1909 Road.  Follow the road up the hill to N1917 Road, which is the entrance to the Hall Nature Reserve.