Research Grant Overview

Research Grant recipients Autumn Sabo and Katie Frerker at work.

Research Grant recipients Autumn Sabo and Katie Frerker at work.

The Friends established a research endowment fund in 2011 to support academic studies that assist Park management in making informed decisions at Peninsula State Park.

Past Research Reports and Updates

Grant Overview

  • The Peninsula State Park Research grant funds up to $1,000 for expenses such as field equipment, research supplies, travel and housing. Campsite housing is also available.
  • Grant funds are disbursed in two separate payments. Half is awarded at the outset of the project. The remainder is awarded after the Final Report has been approved by the Board of Directors.
  • Grants are awarded to undergraduate and graduate students
  • Research topics are meant to provide meaningful data and information to park staff for decision making and strategic planning.
  • The Friends work collaboratively with park staff to identify suggested research topics based on park needs. Preference is given to current priority topics:
    • Terrestrial invasives
    • Niagara escarpment ecology
    • Bat habitat and dynamics
    • Campground air quality
    • Trail use allocation, including ski and snowmobile trails
  • Grantees are invited to present results at board meetings and encouraged to present results at academic or professional venues.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

  • Proposals may be submitted year round and are reviewed and approved quarterly based on funds available.
  • Preference is given to undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in an accredited, state of Wisconsin college or university.
  • Preference is given to applications that fit the suggested research topics but all applications are welcome.
  • Applicants must identify a faculty member with whom he/she will collaborate.
  • Proposals must include 1) an Application and Budget Form and 2) follow the format and procedure defined in the Proposal and Reporting Guidelines.


Contact: Kathleen Harris, Park Naturalist

Peninsula State Park, 9462 Shore Road, Fish Creek, WI, 54212.

(920) 868-3258.