The mission of KBS is to increase our understanding of natural and managed ecosystems and their linkages to society.
This entails three main integrative activities:
- Promote and support multi-disciplinary research in ecology, agriculture, natural resources and the environment, across the continuum of basic to applied research.
- Provide MSU students with inquiry-based educational opportunities in ecology, agriculture, natural resources, and the environment.
- Provide outreach programs that bring KBS expertise to bear on environmental issues of public importance.
KBS is Michigan State University’s largest off-site campus and one of North America’s premier inland field stations.
The station is named for cereal magnate W. K. Kellogg, an early 20th century entrepreneur who believed that people should use their gifts and knowledge to help others. He was also an environmentalist who understood the importance of preserving the land and its resources.
In the 1920’s Kellogg established, and later donated to Michigan State College, several important facilities that became part of what is now Michigan State University’s Kellogg Biological Station (KBS).
Located between Kalamazoo and Battle Creek, Michigan (about 65 miles from MSU’s main campus in East Lansing), the 3,200-acre station includes W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary, W.K. Kellogg Farm, KBS Academic and Research Facilities, W.K. Kellogg Conference Center and Manor House, and Lux Arbor Reserve. The nearby W.K. Kellogg Experimental Forest is closely affiliated with KBS.
World renowned for its contributions to ecological science and evolutionary biology, KBS is home to one of the National Science Foundation’s Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER), and is committed to science and ecology education, conservation of natural resources and sustainable agriculture research and demonstration.