The original 38 acres of the Gainsforth Family-owned Cedar Point Ranch has grown to over 800, including 487 acres purchased in cooperation with the Nebraska Environmental Trust Fund.
The station's first rate facilities have been continually improved and expanded over the history of the station. This is a result of the hard work of many talented individuals and the generous support of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, University of Nebraska Foundation, and the National Science Foundation. Most of the station property was purchased with the support of the Nebraska Environmental Trust. The station has over twenty-five buildings, including the Goodall Lodge, the Gainsforth Resource Center, Lubber Lab, several garages and a boat house, plus multiple housing units.
- Arapaho Prairie
- Cedar Point Ranch Prairies & Canyon
- Reller Prarie
- Madigan Prarie
- Renovations and Improvements
As of December 2012, The Nature Conservancy of Nebraska and the School of Biological Sciences have agreed to terminate the current lease agreement and TNC hopes to soon sell the 2 sections (1280 acres) formerly known as Arapaho Prairie. This Web page will soon serve as a portal to historic data sets and other information collected at Arapaho Prairie from 1978 to 2012.
Cedar Point Ranch Prairies & Canyon
For the researcher, student, or instructor using Cedar Point Biological Station there is a broad range of infrastructural resources available. Surrounding the core campus, users of CPBS have access to the Prairies and juniper-filled canyons that were originally the Gainsforth Family-owned Cedar Point Ranch. The close proximity of CPBS to diverse aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems allows for a great breadth of biological classes and research programs. These ecosystems include spring-fed streams, natural ponds, reservoirs, riparian forests, wet meadows, juniper-forested canyons, and grasslands. CPBS is located at the juncture of four grassland types: shortgrass, mixed-grass, sand-sage, and sandhills prairies. The Nebraska Sandhills is the largest area of vegetation-stabilized sand dunes in the western hemisphere, and this ecosystem is characterized by unique plant assemblages and numerous lakes and wetlands. For example, an incredible 340+ bird species have been observed in the Cedar Point area, a number unmatched by any comparable area north of Texas. Classes offered at Cedar Point have been designed to take advantage of these natural classrooms.
Areas around Cedar Point
- Just a few miles from Cedar Point is the city of Ogalalla. From its historic beginnings in the 1870s Ogalalla has been a center for the agricultural industry.
- Lake McConaughy
- Lake McConaughy is Nebraska's largest reservoir. With over 100 miles of shore line, it is perfect for any fisher, camper, sailboater, swimmer, water skier, picnicker, hunter, or any other outdoor funseeker.
Reller Prairie or "The Reller Natural History Research Area" was donated to the UNL Foundation by Herbert E. and Freda A. Reller in October 1970. It was dedicated for use by the Museum of Natural History for teaching, demonstration, and research.
Madigan Prairie is 23 acres of tall grass prairie located a short drive north west of Lincoln and managed by the School of Biological Sciences.
Renovations and Ideas
This past year we have invested in working with the engineering company HDR to create ideas for renovations and improvements on the CPBS campus. This ranges from energy improvements to water runoff management to more usable and friendly space. If you're interested in seeing what kind of things you're money to CPBS is working towards, please view the HDR presentation PDF*.
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Vote on what you think needs the most work with general campus improvements, alternative energy plus heating/cooling system ideas, Goodall Lodge improvements, and new classroom ideas. Please let us know what you think.
Here are a couple of examples of HDR ideas: