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School of Biological Sciences Hudson Biological Reserve at Smoot Hill


The Hudson Biological Reserve at Smoot Hill is a remnant of the endangered Palouse Prairie habitat native to Eastern Washington owned and managed by Washington State University. The 800-acre preserve is used for education, outreach, and research that benefits stakeholders in our community.





Events & Outreach

We engage community members and local stakeholders through Native Plant Walks and Educational Events where participants learn about local flora, fauna, geography, and ecology from Washington State University graduate students and land managers working in the reserve.

Events and Outreach

Upcoming Events

Past Events



Current WSU faculty and graduate students study the diversity and ecology of our Palouse Prairie remnant at Smoot Hill and Rose Creek Nature Preserve. For more details about past and current research at the reserve, explore the links below:

Current Research

Past Research


Marion Ownbey Herbarium

The Reserve’s caretaker, Lewis (center), discussing the natural history of Smoot Hill with members of the Idaho Master Naturalists group.

Alexis Sullivan, Master’s student at WSU Tri-Cities, inspects a Lomatium dissectum (Fernleaf Biscuitroot) with members of the Idaho Master Naturalists group.

Lupinus sericeus Pursh (Silky lupine)


(From R. Daubenmire, 1970. Steppe vegetation of Washington. Technical Bulletin 62. Pullman, WA: Washington State University, College of Agriculture, Washington Agricultural Experiment Station.)