Logo design: Ashleah Courtney, B.S. Biology 2012



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Henderson State University's Simonson Biological Field Station opened in 2011.  The station was established with major donations from the Simonson Family


The mission of the Simonson Biological Field Station is to support the Henderson State University Biology Department in pursuit of scientific education and research that advances understanding of the natural world and promotes informed stewardship of the Earth.


The station is a three-story 7,200 ft2 log structure.  The bottom floor has student dormitory rooms, a resource room, and storage rooms. The main level includes living, dining, and kitchen space, two multimedia laboratory/classrooms and a research laboratory.   The upper floor has office space, laundry facilities, and two fully furnished guest rooms. The station has a full-time manager to assist with logistics and other needs. 


The station is located on the shore of DeGray Lake in the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains.  It has 104 acres of wooded upland forest, on long term lease from the United States Army Corps of Engineers.  It is approximately 30 minutes from the Henderson State University campus in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, and 15 minutes from the resort town of Hot Springs National Park.

What We Do

Support HSU biology faculty and undergraduate student research

Offer field-based university courses

Educational outreach (field trips for local public schools, Educational Renewal Zone (ERZ) Program)

Provide facilities and field sites for visiting researchers

Biology club and biology department retreats and events

Support outside use of the station consistent with its mission







We have acquired a 10-person van, dedicated to field station and biology department use. This is a great step forward for us!


We also have a new trailer equipped for transporting 8 canoes and equipment. Thanks to Dr. Bray and Mr. Leible for their hard work in getting the trailer ready. 




Another new addition is a new outboard motor, for use with our john boat. This acquisition is the result of collaboration between the HSU Biology Department and Henderson's Educational Renewal Zone program. The john boat has been refurbished by Mr. Leible and the Biology Club.



Simonson Biological Field Station

100 Simonson Road, Bismarck, AR 71929


email: engmanj@hsu.edu (James Engman, Dept. Chair)

or leiblea@hsu.edu (Allen Leible, Station Manager)



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Map of Station Property


Charles D. Dunn Overlook


Member Organization of Biological Field Stations

Revised: 08/11/15.