Tyson Research Center

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Washington University in St. Louis
Tyson Research Center
Style Biological Field Research Area
Acquired 1963
Location West St. Louis County; 38 deg 31' N, 90 deg 33' W
Namesake The Tyson Valley
Website http://www.tyson.wustl.edu/

Tyson Research Center is a 2,000-acre (8.1 km2) field station owned and operated by Washington University in St. Louis in the St. Louis, Missouri metropolitan area east of Eureka. The area was used as a munitions storage area during World War II and was purchased in 1968. It is part of the Henry Shaw Ozark Corridor which consists of over 8,000 acres (32 km2) of protected lands. It is a member of the Organization of Biological Field Stations (OBFS).[1]

Tyson Research Center was originally part of the Tyson Valley Powder Plant in World War II.[2] It is currently bordered to the east by Lone Elk County Park, to the west by West Tyson County Park, and to the south by Interstate 44.

Primary activities at the Tyson involve ecological research conducted by undergraduate and graduate students, staff, and faculty of Washington University and other local universities. Scientific outreach and continuing education programs and university-level courses of instruction are also occasionally held at Tyson.

Tyson Research Center hosts or hosted at one time;

  • The Endangered Wolf Center
  • The Missouri Mycological Society field headquarters
  • The World Bird Sanctuary, now located at nearby Castlewood State Park, but continues to share some facilities at Tyson.

Tyson also has a weather station and monitors acid rain as part of the National Atmospheric Deposition Program.[3]


  1. ^ "Washington University Tyson Research Center". Organization of Biological Field Stations. Retrieved April 24, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Proposed Plan for Selected Areas of Concern and Areas of Interest" (PDF). Missouri Department of Natural Resources. May 2014. Retrieved April 24, 2015. 
  3. ^ "NTN Data Access". National Atmospheric Deposition Program. Retrieved April 24, 2015. 

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Coordinates: 38°31′N 90°33′W / 38.517°N 90.550°W / 38.517; -90.550