Lodging is provided at no extra fee to students registered in field courses and to researchers (faculty & students) from RBS Consortium member schools. Students are housed in shared rustic cabins or in a loft above Rainbow Darter Lodge. The loft has 12 cots and each of the cabins contains four wooden bunks. The Researchers’ quarters contain two small bedrooms (one with a single bed, the second with a set of bunk beds). Visitors must bring their own sleeping bags or sheets and pillows; linens are not provided. All living spaces are heated and air-conditioned.
A shower house has separate men’s and women’s bathrooms with 3 showers each. It also contains a laundry room with coin-operated washers and dryers. Two bathrooms (one with shower) are located in Rainbow Darter Lodge. The Researchers’ quarters has its own bathroom and small shower.
Rainbow Darter Lodge has a kitchen and dining area. The kitchen contains a Wolf range with oven, refrigerator, large chest freezer and several storage cabinets for food. Pots, pans, dishes, utensils and other cooking equipment are provided. Two additional refrigerators are located in the research lab.
Meals are served during the 3-week SLU summer session. Other groups visiting the station can buy groceries and other supplies in the nearby town of Steelville (a 20-minute drive from the station).
Research and Teaching
RBS can accommodate several concurrent classes and research projects. The research building contains an air-conditioned lab and classroom. The lab is equipped with Mac and Windows-based computers, balances, fume hood, pH meters, dissolved oxygen meters, and other useful scientific instruments. A wide array of equipment for field work – from plankton nets to light traps – is also available. The classroom has both dissecting and phase contrast microscopes, a plant dryer and small herbarium. Classes are also taught in an open-air shelter during warmer summer months.
Eight canoes, two john-boats with 50-hp outboard motors and trailers provide access to a variety of aquatic habitats for classes, research and recreation.