The Biological Station was created in 1914. It is located 50 km from Kharkiv, near Haidary village, Zmiiv district, in a picturesque oak-grove (Homilshanskyi Nature Park) on the steep bank of the Siverskyi Donets River. The first Ukrainian biological research station was created at the initiative of Professor V. M. Arnoldi, who also picked the location for it.
The beautiful nature, a great variety of flora and fauna, outdoor classes, and unforgettable “Biologist’s Days” have remained forever in the memory of thousands of biologists. The Station is the place for practical training of first- and second-year students; and for on-the-job and pre-graduation practical training of third- and fourth-year students majoring in botany, zoology, mycology, and genetics.
In addition, the Station conducts research on flora and fauna, genetics and breeding, groundhog domestication. The Biological Station became the Center for Regional Ecological Monitoring of Chemical Pollution of North-Eastern Ukraine.