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Konza Prairie Biological Station


Welcome to Konza Prairie Biological Station

Konza Prairie Biological Station (KPBS) is located on a 3,487 hectare native tallgrass prairie preserve jointly owned by The Nature Conservancy and Kansas State University. The KPBS is located in the Flint Hills of northeastern Kansas (39°05’ N, 96°35’ W), a grassland region of steep-slopes overlain by shallow limestone soils unsuitable for cultivation.

The Flint Hills region encompasses over 1.6 million hectares extending throughout much of eastern Kansas from near the Kansas-Nebraska border south into northeastern Oklahoma, and contains the largest remaining area of unplowed tallgrass prairie in North America. Hence, the vast majority of Konza Prairie, and the surrounding landscape, has not been plowed and retains its native characteristics.

KPBS is operated as a field research station by the KSU Division of Biology. The station is dedicated to a three-fold mission of long-term ecological research, education, and prairie conservation. It is a unique outdoor laboratory that provides opportunities for the study of tallgrass prairie ecosystems and for basic biological research on a wide range of taxa and processes. The station is open to scientists and students from throughout the world.

Since its inception in 1971, scientists conducting studies at KPBS have published over 1,580 scientific papers, over 250 graduate students have received their Masters and/or Ph.D. based on KPBS research, and research currently being conducted at KPBS is supported by more than $28 million dollars in active research grants from federal, state and private sources.

Burn Plan 2016 (PDF)

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Research Focus

Restoration Research at KPBS

The goal of restoration ecology is to repair the diversity and dynamics of ecosystems degraded by human activities, but also presents a valuable opportunity for basic research aimed at testing ecological theory. Restoration studies in tallgrass prairie are particularly timely because human activities have resulted in widespread loss and degradation of this ecosystem... More


Konza Prairie research program receives $6.76 million NSF grant renewal

Long-term ecological research at Kansas State University's Konza Prairie Biological Station will continue for another six years... More