2014 Research Grant


FPSP established the research endowment fund to support academic studies that help inform resource management decisions at the park; preference is given to proposals that fit this criterion:

2011 Research Grant recipients Autumn Sabo and Katie Frerker at work.

  • Undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in an accredited, State of Wisconsin academic institution are eligible to apply.
  • Funding for each project ranges from $500 – 1,000 and may be used for expenses such as mileage, field equipment, and research supplies.
  • Recipients may apply for additional funds each year.
  • As noted in the application guidelines, proposals should include an introduction with literature review that identifies how the project will benefit Peninsula State Park, objectives, proposed methods, and a budget. Proposals should include a schedule of the project’s major activities.
  • Proposals must identify a faculty member with whom the student will collaborate.
  • The student will present results at a Friends of Peninsula State Park board meeting and will be encouraged to present results at an academic or professional research symposium.
  • A non-electric campsite is available at no cost with advance notice. All Wisconsin State Park camping regulations apply. Shared housing may be available at no cost or for a nominal fee, subject to availability and length of stay.

Questions? Contact Kathleen Harris, Park Naturalist, at Peninsula State Park, 9462 Shore Road, Fish Creek, WI, 54212.920-868-3258. kathleen.harris@wisconsin.gov.

For Selection Criteria, 2014 Considerations, Amounts, and Expectations, please download the 2014 application form.

Past Research Reports

Research Grant Opportunities

We’re looking for students interested in conducting academic research to benefit Peninsula State Park! Funds are available in 2014 through the Friends of Peninsula State Park (FPSP) research endowment fund. Priority will be given to proposals that inform the following topics:

  • Sunset Bike Route A survey of Sunset Bike Route, primarily data collection and analysis of bicyclist demographics and trail use; and, secondarily, assessment of trail design impact on user safety as well as natural and cultural resources at specific sites identified in the 2012 Sunset Bike Route Evaluation.
  • Niagara Escarpment Analysis of vegetative species composition associated with the Niagara Escarpment at specific sites in Peninsula State Park, including identification of negative indicator species, using The Niagara Escarpment: Inventory Findings 1999-2001 and Considerations for Management as a basis for comparison.

For more information regarding this proposal option, contact Kathleen Harris at 9462 Shore Rd, Fish Creek, WI 54212/920-868-3258. 

To Apply and For More Information…

For Selection Criteria, 2014 Considerations, Amounts, and Expectations, please download the 2014 application form.