Culver-Stockton College is part of the Reis Biological Station Consortium of colleges and universities formed to promote biological research and education in the Ozarks.
The station is contained within one of the seven subdivisions of the 1.5 million acre Mark Twain National Forest, which provides a diversity of ecosystems for study including short leaf pine forests, calcareous fens, glades, caves, springs, ponds, rivers and reservoirs.
In addition to learning about biology through high-tech on-campus laboratory courses, expect to learn about life from a field researcher’s perspective in the great outdoors! Students at Culver-Stockton enjoy trips to the Reis Biological Station as part of the learning experience in ecology and field biology courses. The station is secluded in the upland forests of the Missouri Ozarks, and it provides students with a wide range of terrestrial and aquatic habitats to explore through research. Students can be comfortably housed in the Rainbow Darter Lodge (complete with kitchen and dining facilities) or in the many cabins available (each with heating and cooling, electricity, desks, and chairs).
While visiting the station, students have access to a well-equipped laboratory and classroom, complete with compound and dissecting microscopes, computers, fume hood, dissolved oxygen meters, and a variety of other equipment. The classroom also includes an impressive herbarium and kiln, along with a library, so that students can identify and compare plant specimens and press their own plant samples to add to the herbarium.
The Reis Biological Station is operated by Saint Louis University to promote environmental and biological research and education. The station consists of 225 acres of upland oak-hickory forest located in the eastern Ozarks of Missouri, approximately 100 miles southwest of St. Louis.
The picturesque Huzzah Creek flows through the 225-acre property, and canoes and johnboats are provided so that students can investigate aquatic and riparian communities in the Huzzah Creek and the Meramec River. There are also several ponds and two prairies at the station. In addition, the Reis Biological Station is less than an hour away from several spectacular caves and well-known state parks, where students may continue to explore the diversity of life in the Missouri Ozarks.