University of Kansas Field Station
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
Nelson Area Field Office: 785-843-8573
Nelson Area Workshop: 785-843-9816
The Robinson Tract, Fitch Natural History Reservation, McColl Nature Reserve, Rockefeller Experimental Tract, and Nelson Environmental Study Area (including the field office and Armitage Education Center), are situated just north/northeast of the Lawrence Municipal Airport, about a 20-25 minute drive from the Lawrence campus.
From the junction of US 59/24 & US 24/40 in north Lawrence, proceed 1½ miles east on US 24/40 (past the Lawrence airport) to 1600 Road. Following green signs with directions to the KU Field Station, turn left (north) onto 1600 Road.
About 1½ miles north, at the top of the hill on the left side of the road, is the entrance/parking lot for the Robinson Tract.
Continue north on 1600 Road for another mile to reach the Fitch Natural History Reservation and the Suzanne Ecke McColl Nature Reserve. Parking is available on the left (west) side of the road.
The Rockefeller Experimental Tract is approx. ½ mile further down the road. Parking and information are available.
The entrance to the Nelson Environmental Study Area is another ½ mile down the road on the right. The headquarters, labs, maintenance shop, and Armitage Education Center are about ¼ mile in from the entrance gate.
Forest Preserve - Baldwin Woods Area
The Baldwin Woods area is approximately 15 miles (30 minutes) from KU.
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.
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.
Anderson County Prairie Preserve
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.