Cedar Point Biological Station (CPBS) is a University of Nebraska field research facility and experiential classroom in western Nebraska. We are located near Lake McConaughy and the city of Ogallala. The success of the Cedar Point Experience draws on the wide variety of local habitats with an abundance and diversity of flora and fauna. CPBS is the focus of an excellent research and learning environment with a diverse summer community of students and researchers. The station is in the heart of the western high plains at about 1000m altitude; near the juncture of tall grass and short grass prairie, on the south edge of the Sandhills, and in the North Platte River valley. Search our species lists for more information on the organisms found at Cedar Point and our bibliography of published research.

Cedar Point Biological Station is part of the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, School of Biological Sciences.  CPBS is fully open for research and educational activities from approximately May 1st to mid-August, and we are fully open for individual events through about mid October.  We offering comfortable housing, dining facilities during the summer field season, over 900 acres of UNL owned Prairie, and redcedar filled canyons, a library and classroom spaces, research labs, WiFi, and a friendly inviting atmosphere which leads to regular collaborations among our users. Each summer the UNL School of Biological Sciences offer 8 experience based field courses in biology that focus on student based research. This year we have the pleasure of hosting a landscape photography course for non-art majors

View of Campus to the north west

Thank You Nebraska Environmental Trust

The Nebraska Environmental Trust provided $20,000 in 2011 and 2012 to manage redcedar growth at CPBS.  In 1996 NET helped UNL purchase much of Cedar Point Ranch with a grant of nearly $170,000

GO !!! NET ... Thanks

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We start accepting deposits for next summer’s classes shortly after announcing the final course list in early November. We open a waiting list in November well before official UNL enrollment opens via MyRed in early March.  You can lock in a spot in any of these courses by paying the cost of room and board for that session (Current charge is $575 for 3 weeks).

CPBS is open for research year round.  Outside of the summer season we maintain lab space and housing with kitchen access for up to 12 persons.  Not just biology; there is easy access to spectacular Oligocene, Miocene and Pliocene outcrops and associated paleontological materials.  Ask and we will try our best to help you set up a project.


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CPBS is a member of the Organization of Biological Field Stations.  

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