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 (Upcoming courses in 2013: Ornithology in spring, Neotropical ecology in summer, Entomology in fall)
Educational outreach (field trips for local public schools, Educational Renewal Zone (ERZ) Program)
Biology club and biology department retreats and events
Support outside use of the station consistent with its mission
Simonson Biological Field Station
100 Simonson Road, Bismarck, AR 71929
email: firstname.lastname@example.org (James Engman, Dept. Chair)
or email@example.com (Allen Leible, Station Manager)