The department is housed in the Science Hall. In addition to lecture rooms, teaching laboratories and research laboratories, available physical facilities include controlled temperature rooms, greenhouse, herbarium, animal rooms, natural history museum, and darkroom. Equipment available for class use and research include microscopes, various centrifuges and balances, electrophoretic, spectrographic, electrophysiological, and radioisotopic analysis instruments. Field operated physioecological monitoring equipment is also available. The Schmidt Museum of Natural History contains hundreds of species of birds, mammals, fish mounts and hand-painted molds of Kansas snakes and the H. A. Stephens Herbarium houses over 50,000 plant specimens from Kansas and around North America. Numerous Natural Areas, managed by ESU, in the vicinity of Emporia are extensively used for class field trips, research and science education. The Ross Natural History Reservation located 13 miles northwest of the campus, consists of laboratory buildings, ponds, and 200 acres of native and restored tallgrass prairie and woodland. The department also manages three forested sites, two wetlands, and a 40-acre tallgrass prairie tract in the Flint Hills. The Research and Survey Office for the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism is located on campus, and personnel from that office often interact with biology students and faculty.