Bull Shoals Field Station

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Our mission

Our mission is to provide a location for faculty, students, and visiting scientists to conduct research and educational programs that increase public understanding of southwest Missouri ecosystems.

Field Station facilities

Current picture of Bull Shoals Field Station The Bull Shoals Field Station operates on the shores of Bull Shoals Lake within the Drury Conservation Area. Our facilities consist of two residential structures, an outdoor shelter, a wet lab, a classroom, and a large garage. We maintain a weather station near the field station that measures and records climatological data including air and soil temperatures, wind direction and speed, fuel temperature and moisture, precipitation, and calculates evapotranspiration. The current weather station has been in operation since 2002. We are preparing to upgrade the probes and datalogger. A canopy camera will record phenological events such as forest canopy development and senescence.

Our clientele consists of university classes from Missouri State and classes from other universities in Missouri, Arkansas, and Kansas. We offer undergraduate and graduate courses in the summer and during intersession periods between semesters.

Land ethic leaders

“That land is a community is a basic concept of ecology, but that land is to be loved and respected is an extension of ethics.” –Aldo Leopold

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Only two weeks left to register for
Land Ethic Leaders
November 10-12 at the Bull Shoals Field Station
near Kirbyville, MO

In A Sand County Almanac, Aldo Leopold set forth his most enduring idea, the “land ethic,” a moral responsibility of humans to the natural world. Land Ethic Leaders enables community leaders to create opportunities for rich and productive dialogue about how and why people value nature.

Day 1 - 5pm-9pm: Welcome and introductions, watch and discuss the Green Fire film and meet your fellow participants.

Day 2 - 8:30am-7:30pm: Instruction and practice in the observe, participate, reflect model, mixed with a series of discussions with other participants and an environmental service project. Timing includes dinner and social hour.

Day 3 - 9am-5pm: Additional instruction and practice, outdoor activities, and program planning time.

The cost for the two and a half day workshop is $100 (plus $40 for optional on-site lodging). See the attached flyer for more information and register today!

Registration deadline: October 31

Learn more and register for this session

Download the flyer

Summer program

Each summer, we operate a week-long conservation biology and leadership development residential program for 16 high school students from southwestern Missouri. The Green Leadership Academy for Diverse Ecosystems (GLADE) enters its sixth year of operation in 2014.

Field Station accommodations

Researchers, faculty, and students find comfortable accommodations at either of our houses and access to 5600 acres of public lands to study animal, plant, fungal, protist, and bacterial life forms in a wide variety of habitats from glades, grasslands and forests to streams, ponds, and the lake.

Contact us

Individual research, classes, small conferences, retreats, and educational events can be scheduled by contacting the BSFS staff at JaniceGreene@MissouriState.edu.