Until further notice, additional rules for visitors are in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic:
The following grounds and trails are open to those wearing masks and following W.K. Kellogg Biological Station’s safety and distancing guidelines. Public areas are open from dawn to dusk, except for the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary, which is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Gull Lake academic campus, including Manor House grounds and gardens
- Succession Trail, located at the corner of B Avenue and East Gull Lake Drive
- North Country Trail
- Kellogg Bird Sanctuary grounds
The following areas are closed to the public for the safety of staff and visitors and to maintain research integrity:
- KBS Long-term Ecological Research program site
- Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center site
- Kellogg Farm and Pasture Dairy Center
We hope you will plan a visit to KBS. We are dedicated to sharing our knowledge and expertise with students of all ages! There is a lot to do here from hiking trails and observing wildlife to learning about the history of the property and W.K. Kellogg’s influence. Public areas of KBS are open dawn to dusk..
Want to stay overnight, host an event or have lunch while you are here? Visit the the KBS Conference Center and Manor House webpage for more information.
Group tours and visits
In keeping with state and MSU COVID-19 orders, groups of more than 10 people are not permitted to gather at KBS until further notice.
Under normal circumstances, groups are welcome and encouraged to visit KBS. Please see the Tours webpage for details on what is typically available for your group or family.
Trails and picnic areas
The public is welcome on KBS trails from dawn to dusk. Areas without trails are closed to the public, except for guided tours or special events. Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are permitted. Picnics are allowed at the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary on the south end of the parking lot.
The NPS North Country Trail also runs through KBS. You may park at the Bird Sanctuary trailhead and hike in. No bikes, horses or motorized vehicles are allowed on the North Country Trail.
- Keep away from research areas.
- Avoid any private events, such as weddings, that are underway on KBS grounds.
- Motorized vehicles are prohibited on KBS properties. This includes snowmobiles.
- Horses are not allowed on trails.
- Dogs are only allowed on the Academic Campus, Conference Center and Manor House and on the Succession Trail, located on the corner of B Avenue and East Gull Lake Drive.
- Visitors are prohibited from bringing alcohol on site.
Information for visiting researchers
Photography at KBS
The grounds of KBS are a public space, and so taking pictures is allowed. As a courtesy, if you plan to take photos on the grounds of the Kellogg Manor House, please email email@example.com to ensure the areas you would like to visit have not been reserved for an event. Anyone taking photos at the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary must visit during open hours, and pay admission or purchase a membership.
The interiors of the buildings at KBS are private and should only be entered or photographed with permission.
No images of KBS grounds, facilities or properties should be sold for profit. You must be a licensed partner of MSU to gain permission to sell images.