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Konza Prairie Biological Station

Fee Schedule

(Effective 9 April 2024)

Konza Prairie Biological Station is managed by the Division of Biology, Kansas State University. The land is privately owned by The Nature Conservancy and the KSU Foundation. Operation and maintenance of the station is supported principally by user fees, with additional support from Kansas State University and the Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station. KPBS user fees are crucial for the maintenance of the facilities, infrastructure and services for researchers, including roads, fences, labs, equipment, long-term study plots, and the field operations required to maintain all burning and grazing treatments.

Call the Konza Prairie Office, 785-587-0441, for additional information and reservations.

NOTE: All requests for Konza Prairie site use, housing, or facilities/equipment must be made at least 2 weeks in advance.

GRANT-FUNDED RESEARCH: Proposal budgets should include a base annual site access fee as well fees for person days on site, any on-site lodging, and any staff assistance or special equipment needs. The base annual access fee varies for internal (KSU) and external (non-KSU) grants. For more information on KPBS fees to include in developing proposal budgets, please contact the KPBS Director prior to proposal submission.


Site Use
Research funded by institutional or personal funds:$30/person/day
Research funded by grant:TBD - contact Director, jblair@ksu.edu
Non-scientific use: (includes all for-profit organizations. Use must be consistent with Konza Prairie research, educational, and land stewardship missions and must be approved in writing by the director)

(1/2 day minimum)

Equipment Use

Use of tractor, trailer, water tanks, etc.

Use of light field vehicles (pickup truck, ATVs) IF AVAILABLE

$90/hour (two-hour minimum)

$30/hour (four-hour minimum)

Station Field Staff Assistance (equipment operation, individual plot maintenance, on-site guidance, etc.)$72/hour (two-hour minimum)

Housing Accomodations (For use by visiting researchers only!)

Hulbert Center: Heated and air-conditioned dormitory facility with shared bathroom, kitchen, laundry facilities and telephone. Guests are requested to provide their own towels and bedding.$29/person/night
"Green House" (5-bedrooms, 3-bathrooms) and North and South Cottages (2-bedroom, 1-bathroom):
Heated and air-conditioned facilities with shared living room, kitchen, bathrooms, and laundry facilities.  Towels and bedding are available with agreement to launder prior to departure, or guests may bring their own.  "Green House" has 3 single-sized beds in each of four  bedrooms and a queen-sized bed in the 5th bedroom.  Cottages have 2 single-sized beds in all bedrooms and a futon in the living room.  We try to limit use of the "Green House" to larger groups (>5), but if all facilities are full, we will rent single beds.
All housing guests have access to on-site wireless internet. Please note that speed and bandwidth may not be sufficient for streaming data.   Contact KPBS office (785-587-0441) for further details  regarding housing, or see descriptions and floor plans here. For monthly rates, contact KPBS office.
Station Facilities: Conferences, Workshops, and Other Groups
Note: Use of KPBS meeting facilities is restricted to affiliated KSU units and organizations related to KPBS' mission of research, conservation, and education. Rates listed below are for KSU groups. Rates for non-KSU organizations are higher based on the university-approved IDC rate of 52%.
Hulbert Center: Indoor facility holding up to 25 people$25/hour
Konza Prairie Meeting Hall: Cortelyou Lecture Room (1,500 square feet with overhead projector and seating capacity for 80 people), plus an additional large multi-purpose room (1,850 square feed) designed as flexible space for varied uses. Rates below are for
1/2 day (up to four hours)$300
Full day$400
Hulbert Center Patio (up to 6 hours; maximum 150 people)$10/person