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Support the Cedar Point Biological Station

Support the Cedar Point Biological Station

The University of Nebraska's Cedar Point Biological Station (CPBS) is a field research facility and experiential classroom on the high plains of western Nebraska; near Lake McConaughy and Ogallala. We are in the North Platte River valley, where tall grass and short grass prairies meet on the south edge of the Nebraska Sand Hills. The success of the Cedar Point Experience draws on access to a wide variety of local habitats with an abundance and diversity of flora and fauna. Your contribution can support a wide diversity of people, projects and programs.

CPBS is fully open from approximately May 1st to August 15th and for individual events through mid October. We are a fully self contained residential campus with some aspects of the original Cedar Point Ranch still in operation. We offer over 900 acres of UNL managed prairie and redcedar-filled canyons, basic housing for over 100 users, dining services, a library, classrooms, research labs, and a friendly, inviting atmosphere that promotes regular collaborations among our users. Each year we host up to 12 UNL field courses in the natural sciences, and recently field based art classes; all built upon experiencing the local field environment. The station also hosts several resident artists, and an assortment of events partnered with various organizations; including Nebraska Master Naturalist, 4H, Girlscouts, Young Nebraska Scientist with EPSCoR and the National Science Foundation, middle school science and art day-camps with Keith County Schools, High School Science Academy with Nebraska Wildlife Rehab Inc., a field parasitology collaboration with Creighton University and Oglala Lakota College, and many others.

CPBS is accessible for field research year-round; off season, we maintain lab space and housing with kitchen access for up to 12 persons. We host more than 30 researchers each year; inclusive of undergraduates to senior faculty.  Research use varies from a few days of sampling to summer long programs that have been running for well over 35 years.

Your contribution can directly support student access to CPBS through fellowships and scholarships; several funds are well established just for this purpose at the NU Foundation. We have plans to improve existing infrastructure and our intent is to lower user costs, expand access to a greater diversity of users, and reinforce our long-term sustainability.  Your contribution could support current efforts and be focused on any one of several exciting infrastructure projects. Your interest in and contribution to CPBS need not be monetary, we are always looking for direct input from users, alumni, visitors and volunteers. The direct donation of a wide range of used but functional equipment is always welcome. We encourage you to participate in the Cedar Point Experience. On our web pages under the Friends of Cedar Point menu you may explore current programs and future projects in detail.


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Joye Fehringer

Joye Fehringer

College of Arts & Sciences
402-458-1187 direct
800-432-3216 toll free
joye.fehringer@nufoundation.org
Joye has been with the foundation since 2007. She has a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is passionate about her job because she enjoys bringing friends and alumni together to help advance the College of Arts and Sciences.
Joanna Nordhues

Joanna Nordhues

College of Arts & Sciences
402-458-1178 direct
800-432-3216 toll free
joanna.nordhues@nufoundation.org
Joanna has been with the foundation since 2005. She has a bachelor's degree of journalism in advertising from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. She is routinely surrounded by extremely intelligent, kind and generous people who have achieved great success in their lives. She finds these interactions to be a wonderful way to spend her days.
Courtney Spilker

Courtney Spilker

College of Arts and Sciences
direct
800-432-3216 toll free
courtney.spilker@nufoundation.org
Courtney graduated from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources with degrees in agronomy and agricultural education. After working in agricultural sales, she joined the University of Nebraska Foundation team in 2019 where her fundraising efforts are focused on UNL’s College of Arts and Sciences.
 

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