Department of Biology and Earth Science
Pertle Springs is the homes of UCM Observatory and Keth Memorial Golf Course. It has many small fishing lakes and is adjacent to Lions Lake, a 30-acre park with migrating waterfowl and other wildlife.The 300-acre Pertle Springs biological research area and recreational park is located in Warrensburg, Missouri at the south end of Holden Street.
Nature Central, a pilot project of UCM’s Department of Biology and Earth Science, sponsors programs in environmental education for central Missourians of all ages.
The University of Central Missouri Observatory is an "eyes on astronomy" center where teachers, students and families can experience the wonders of the universe first-hand! The observatory houses a computer-controlled 12-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope and other equipment, including digital imaging. Through this technology, visitors can see fascinating planetary features such as the mountains of the Moon, the ice caps of Mars, the cloud belts of Jupiter and the rings of Saturn as well as vast stellar nurseries and distant galaxies.
Located one mile south of the main campus at the Pertle Springs Recreation Area, the observatory is just wes of the pro shop and swimming pool, where there also is a large visitors' parking lot.