Research at Nachusa
Scientific investigation occurs all year at Nachusa Grasslands, ranging from informal restoration experiments by stewards in their units to Friends-supported academic studies throughout the preserve. The Nature Conservancy, foundations, colleges, and universities may also provide funding for various projects. All scientists must obtain permission to conduct research at Nachusa Grasslands. (Download Word permit application/liability waiver.)
Nachusa Science Symposium
The next Nachusa Grasslands Science Symposium, co-sponsored by Friends of Nachusa Grasslands and The Nature Conservancy, will take place on April 24, 2021. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it will be entirely online via Zoom. See Nachusa Grasslands Virtual Science Symposium 2021 for details and a registration form.
2019 Nachusa Science Symposium Poster and Speaker Abstracts
2018 Nachusa Science Symposium Poster and Speaker Abstracts
2017 Nachusa Science Symposium Poster and Speaker Abstracts
2016 Nachusa Science Symposium Poster and Speaker Abstracts
Friends of Nachusa Grasslands Scientific Research Grants
To encourage scientific research at Nachusa, Friends of Nachusa Grasslands awards monetary grants to qualified academic scholars, graduate students, and independent researchers who are interested in studying topics relevant to the preserve.
Funded research projects focus primarily on prairie, savanna, wetland, woodland, and stream flora and faunal populations and/or habitat management such as prescribed fire, seed collection, weed control, and natural areas restoration.
See Potential Research Topics for a compilation of research topics and questions pondered by stewards and staff at Nachusa Grasslands.
Friends 2022 Science Grants
To receive information about the 2022 grant guidelines and application process that will be available in the late summer of 2021, please, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join Us in Supporting Science at Nachusa Grasslands
Donations to Friends of Nachusa Grasslands may be designated for Scientific Research Grants.
Friends 2021 Science Grants
For 2021-2022, Friends of Nachusa Grasslands Friends has awarded $62,335 divided in varying amounts among thirteen qualified researchers.
The 2021 grant recipients, projects, and amounts are posted on the Science Grants 2021 page.
For summaries of previous years’ grant award projects, visit: