There are many ways to become involved with the KBS LTER. Subscribe to our RSS feeds or connect with us in social media to stay updated as more opportunities arise.

Take a Tour of Our Research

  • Self-guided: a walking tour of our research is available May through November, free of charge. This ¾-mile walking tour is for the general public and takes about an hour to complete. Visitors can enjoy nature while learning how scientists at KBS are researching ways to help make farming profitable while protecting and enhancing our state’s natural resources. Trail guides are available at the trail head and lead visitors through 16 stations. The self-guided trail is open dawn to dusk. No pets allowed. Trail head and parking at the LTER Field Lab at 10378 40th Street (across from the KBS Dairy), Hickory Corners, MI 49060.
  • Guided: LTER field experiments are available for guided tours for classes, professional groups, and scientists wishing to know more about LTER research and how it is conducted. Tours generally take about an hour and are tailored to the group’s interests. For tours of the LTER please contact us.

Attend Workshops & Presentations

Throughout the year we host professional development workshops and trainings. If you are interested in collaborating to host an educational program for your stakeholder group or if you would like to request a speaker for an event you are holding, please contact us.

Use Our Educational Resources

Photos, publications, curricula, and data sets are available free of charge for educational programming for K–12 educators, college classes, and working professionals.

Participate in Annual All Scientist Meetings

Each year our scientists meet to share their latest research results and plan future experiments. To receive announcements about upcoming meetings follow us on social media or sign up for our RSS feeds. A list of past meetings, including presentations and abstracts, is available at

Conduct Research

The KBS Long-Term Ecological Research site is maintained as a national research facility available to all scientists with a legitimate research interest. Access to the site is limited in order to protect the integrity of existing experiments, but the project welcomes further experiments and sampling activities that meet certain criteria. More information is available here.

Use Our Data

The KBS LTER Data Catalog is a collection of publicly available datatables associated with the site. You are welcome to examine and use the data as you like for personal and class use; data are copyrighted and use in a publication requires permission as detailed in our terms of use. Please visit our data catalog to access the data.