Welcome to Cedar Point Biological Station

Mark Baxa and his legacy at Cedar Point

Nebraska and Cedar Point alum, Dr. Mark Baxa has chosen to leave a lasting legacy at CPBS. His gracious donation has been turned into an endowment and a beautiful new cabin, the Baxa House, for the recipients of the new Baxa scholarship starting in the summer of 2018. The cabin is currently being constructed by a Nebraska architecture class, who not only designed it but are actively participating in its construction. Through his gift, many seemingly unattainable goals have come to fruition including this amazing cross collaboration of departments and more scholarship funds for students. Read more about Mark's extraordinary life in which he says CPBS was a pivotal experience.

An interesting fact about University of Nebraska tuition rates at Cedar Point Biological Station

All courses offered at CPBS are defined as field classes (EF mode) by the University of Nebraska, verses in person or on-line. This mean that everyone, no matter your residency status, gets instate tuition.

The University of Nebraska's Cedar Point Biological Station (CPBS) is a field research facility and experiential classroom. CPBS is located off campus in western Nebraska, near Lake McConaughy and the city of Ogallala. The station sits in the heart of the western high plains near the juncture of tall grass and short grass prairie, on the south edge of the Sandhills and the North Platte River valley. The success of the Cedar Point Experience draws on the wide variety of local habitats with an abundance and diversity of flora and fauna.

Cedar Point Biological Station is part of Nebraska's School of Biological Sciences and is open for research and educational activities from approximately May 1st to August 15th and for individual events through mid October. We offer over 900 acres of UNL owned Prairie and redcedar-filled canyons, comfortable housing, dining facilities during the summer field season, a library, classroom spaces, research labs, WiFi, and a friendly, inviting atmosphere which leads to regular collaborations among our users. Each summer the School of Biological Sciences offers eight experience-based field courses in biology that focus on student-based research.

This video was created for us by Justin Hicklin during the 2018 ARTP 383 class which focused on storytelling. This class is part of a cooperative effort between CPBS and the art department to merge art and science called Art at Cedar Point. See more of his experiences at his YouTube channel.

CPBS is open for research year-round. Outside of the summer season, we maintain lab space and housing with a kitchen access for up to 12 persons. Cedar Point is viable for more than 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. We look forward to seeing you!

Want to know more about what CPBS is like or if you're an alumni, what we've been up to? Take a moment to read our newsletter written by our director, Dr. John DeLong: the Cedar Point Times Issue 4, March 2022.