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Great Plains Natural Science Society

The Great Plains Natural Science Society, formerly the North Dakota Natural Science Society, was founded in 1967 and seeks to promote interest in and understanding of natural history in the Great Plains, to encourage the conservation of natural resources, and to provide communication among individuals, institutions, and organizations of like interests. The GPNSS actively promotes the study of natural history of the Great Plains region, including geology, plants, birds, mammals, fish, insects, and other forms of life.

Together with local, state, and national conservation organizations, the GPNSS fosters natural resource conservation and preservation of outstanding natural areas. The GPNSS publishes The Prairie Naturalist, a widely read, peer-reviewed journal that explores the natural history and environment of the Great Plains region.

GPNSS membership is diverse and includes many professional scientists. Society members have strong interests in sustainable management of Great Plains natural resources and their habitats. The natural history and ecology of the Great Plains is the primary focus and interest of the GPNSS; thus, the primary interests and goals of the Society promote increased scientific knowledge of the interactions of all Great Plains organisms with their natural environments, enhance professional stewardship of Great Plains natural resources and their habitats, and encourage the use of applied research for informing Great Plains natural resource policy decisions.

The GPNSS hosts conferences and workshops covering a broad spectrum of topics. Located within the Department of Natural Resource Management at South Dakota State University, the GPNSS takes great pride in working with students, staff, and faculty to foster a greater understanding of the natural history and ecology of Northern Great Plains organisms and their biota.

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Kevin Honness Memorial Scholarship

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News, updates, and announcements concerning the Great Plains Natural Science Society and The Prairie Naturalist can be found on the Announcements page.

Kevin Honness Memorial Scholarship


The Great Plains Natural Science Society has established an annual student research award in honor of Kevin Honness. The award is available to both graduate and undergraduate researchers who are members of the GPNSS.