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On-Campus Organizations + Attractions

Visit the National Teachers Hall of Fame or one of our natural areas

Visit our On-Campus Organizations + Attractions

Emporia State University has several on-campus attractions the community can enjoy, including natural areas and the National Teachers Hall of Fame. In addition, several organizations call ESU home.

Physical Sciences

ESU Natural Areas

Emporia State University manages eight sites that serve as outdoor laboratories and hands-on learning for students, faculty and visiting scientists.

ESU Natural Areas Website
Aquatic Biology

Schmidt Museum of Natural History

A collection of approximately 600 taxidermy mounts of birds, mammals, reptiles and fish from Kansas.

Museum Website
National Teachers Hall of Fame portrait

National Teachers Hall of Fame

Honors the nation’s most outstanding PreK-12 educators each year. NTHF also houses the Memorial to Fallen Educators.

NTHF Website
Students meeting in a conference room

Kansas Business Hall of Fame

The Kansas Business Hall of Fame, chartered as a not-for-profit organization in 1987, is the only business recognition program in Kansas.

Kansas Business Hall of Fame Website
Butterfly on flowers


The Emporia State Herbarium houses a collection of over 43,000 plants. These have been dried, mounted, and carefully documented for identity verification.

H.A. Stephens Herbarium Website


An aquatic learning lab located right on Emporia State's campus. The only one of its kind in Kansas.

Prophet Aquatic Research and Outreach Center

Peterson Planetarium

The Peterson Planetarium is a teaching facility for campus classes in space science and other courses. The audio-visual theatre seats 38 under a 24-foot dome, which serves as a projection screen.

Peterson Planetarium Website
Earth Science Fossil

Johnston Geology Museum + Kansas Rock Garden

The Johnston Geology Museum + Kansas Rock Garden is where you can see a western Kansas Cretaceous mosasaur, a giant ground sloth, a mastodon tusk plus other displays in the ESU Geology Museum.

Kansas Geology Museum Website