Department of Biological Sciences

Alice L. Kibbe Life Science Research Station

Alice Kibbe had a dream of starting a field station at the site to promote teaching and research in field biology and ecology. Her ideals of promoting teaching, research and conservation are the cornerstones on which the Alice L. Kibbe Life Science Station has been built.

Dr. Kibbe was a well-known botanist. She was Department Chair and Professor of Botany in the Biology Department at Carthage College from 1920 to 1956. Carthage College was located in Carthage Illinois, which is 18.5 miles east of the Station on US Highway 136. In 1964, Dr. Kibbe donated 160 acres of land in Hancock County to Western Illinois University. Over the years, the natural area has grown to 1680 acres due to a series of land purchases by the Illinois Chapter of the Nature Conservancy for the development of Cedar Glen Natural Area.

The field station management area includes 230 acres owned by Western Illinois University, and 1450 acres owned by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources which is open to the public during daylight hours and includes 12 miles of hiking trails and 5 geocaches on the property. The site is managed through a cooperative agreement between the two landowners. Kibbe Station manages onsite operations through the station manager that lives at the field station and serves as caretaker, who reports to the station director, both are faculty members in the Department of Biological Sciences at Western Illinois University.

The Department of Biological Science at Western Illinois University began conducting summer classes in 1966, and has held summer sessions at the site ever since. Housing for undergraduate students and graduate students is provided in our multi-use/dormitory facility at the station which includes full kitchen and shower facilities. Staying at the Station allows students to immerse themselves in field activities and research. This nature preserve, which is home to a diversity of plant and animal species, provides students with hands-on experience in field research, as well as offering the general public an opportunity to commune with nature.

Contact Info

Jim Lamer, Site Manager

Kibbe Phone: (217) 256-4519
Kibbe Cell: (217) 357-5106
Kibbe Fax: 217-256-4519

Alice L. Kibbe Life Science Station
545 ECR 1180
Warsaw, IL 62379

Sean Jenkins, Station Director

Phone: (309) 298-2045
Department Fax: (309) 298-2270

Waggoner Hall 215
Department of Biological Sciences
Western Illinois University
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455

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