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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

Mission

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.

Facility

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 has a two-slip, dock with solar lighting, a pontoon boat, john  boat, and a variety of canoes and kayaks.  There is a 12-person van, an ATV, and a general use tractor.

 

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

When available, the station can be rented for events such as family reunions, corporate retreats, weddings, etc.  Please contact us for details.

 

News

New dock constructed

Completed in June, the station has a new dock.  Funding was made possible by the Alcoa Foundation, a donation from Col. Eugene Simonson, and additional funds through the Henderson Foundation.

Visit to field station by distinguished alumni leads to research opportunity for student

     http://www.hsu.edu/news/StudentsNews/articles/0602-deputy-aspirnaut.html

 

Kevin Haney receives service award

April 26. Biology major Kevin Haney was recognized as the Simonson Biological Field Station's Wildlife Management Volunteer of the Year.  Kevin put in countless hours working on the project, and was instrumental in development of a plan to improve wildlife management on the property.  Haney (with plaque) is pictured with (from left) Ellis College of Arts and Sciences Dean Dr. John Hardee, Dr. Tommy Finley, Dr. James Engman, Biology Department Chair Dr. Troy Bray, and field station manager Mr. Allen Leible.

 

Simonson Biological Field Station

100 Simonson Road, Bismarck, AR 71929

501-865-6033 or 870-230-5314

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

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

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Map of Station Property


Directions


Charles D. Dunn Overlook

 

Revised: 07/21/16.