University of Wisconsin–Madison

Apply for a Teaching and Research Permit

Students observe a researcher banding a songbird.
Photo by Alison Duff.

If you teach classes in the Preserve, please complete the form below to register your activity. This includes one-time, short-term, or long-term (more than 1 year) passive observation or data collection from trails and roads. Please re-register your activity each semester/summer session you use the Preserve. Please allow up to 1 week lead time for acknowledgement.

If you plan to conduct research in the Preserve please complete the form below to apply for a research permit. Approval is required for projects that involve the collection of organisms; off-trail trampling or minor disruption; changes to vegetation, animals, soils, or hydrology; or long-term use (more than 1 year). Please allow up to 2 weeks lead time for approval.

You will need the following information to complete the application:

  1. Teaching/research description
  2. Possible impacts and precautions
  3. Desired teaching/research location
  4. List of unattended equipment
  5. Vehicle information (if requesting use)
  6. Supervising instructor/advisor contact information (if applicable)

This information will be used to coordinate management, teaching, and research efforts.

Please review the Teaching and Research Policy before completing the form. Fill out the following form as completely as possible. When it is completed, hit “Submit permit application”.

  • Students, please complete the following section

  • Timeline

  • Teaching/ Research Activity Information

  • Vehicle

    Only authorized motorized vehicles are permitted. Their use must be kept to a minimum and restricted to paved and gravel roads. Vehicle permits are issued by the Program Manager.
  • If you need permits for multiple vehicles, please contact the Preserve Program Manager (

  • Permit Terms

    By signing below you agree to do the following (more information is available on the Policies and Procedures for Teaching and Research in the Lakeshore Nature Preserve page):
    -Submit an end of project report or, for multiyear projects, an annual progress report
    -Put permit number on all equipment or items left on site
    -Remove all equipment or items from the Preserve at the completion of the activity
    -Help steward Preserve lands and report any concerns during the teaching/research activity