KBS is a biological field station and Michigan State University’s largest off-site education and research complex. We offer a wide variety of credit and non-credit educational opportunities, and are dedicated to sharing our knowledge and expertise with students of all ages!
- Undergraduate Programs (Internship, URA & REU programs)
- Graduate Program (MS & PhD)
- Field Courses, Grad Courses & Academic Workshops
FAQs for KBS Summer Programs
- What’s the advantage of taking courses at KBS?
- KBS field courses, graduate courses and academic workshops provide students with a unique opportunity to get hands-on experience in ecology and evolutionary biology in natural and managed systems.
- Students in residence at KBS become part of a community where they develop new skills, explore career options, interact with faculty, and form friendships that will last a lifetime.
- A KBS summer experience is also fun! There are lots of recreational opportunities on site such as volleyball, soccer, fishing, swimming, and boating. Weekly potlucks and bonfires are popular social events.
- Where is KBS?
- The W.K. Kellogg Biological Station is located in southwestern Michigan, on the eastern shore of Gull Lake, between Battle Creek and Kalamazoo. KBS is about 65 miles from Michigan State University’s main campus in East Lansing. See directions (maps) for more detailed information.
- The 3,600+ acre site includes the Biological Laboratories, Education and Conference Center, Bird Sanctuary, Pasture Dairy Center, Long Term Ecological Research (LTER),Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC), and the Lux Arbor Reserve.
- Where do students live during the summer?
Students can live on-site or commute during the summer. If you do choose to live on-site, you’ll live in dormitories or dormitory-style apartments overlooking Gull Lake. Click HERE to where you will be living.
- How do you accommodate persons with disabilities?
Simply email Academic Programs Coordinator, Dr. Danielle Zoellner (firstname.lastname@example.org) and she will work with you on any needed accommodations.
- Who can I contact if I have questions?
E-mail your questions to KBSsummer@kbs.msu.edu.
Activities ranging from adult classes to children’s summer camps to historical tours are available throughout the year. Consult the events calendar to schedule your next visit.
The NPS North Country Trail runs through KBS. You may park at the Bird Sanctuary Trailhead and hike in.
As part of Michigan State University, W.K. Kellogg Biological Station welcomes visitors of all ages. Certain areas of KBS are closed to the public and cannot accommodate large groups to protect ongoing research projects. Please visit the KBS Tour page for more information on planning a group visit.