CSU Field Stations

CSU Field Stations

Photo of field with mountains in backgroundCalifornia has some of the most richly diverse natural environments in the United States - ocean, seashore, foothills, mountains, forests, and deserts. The spectrum of flora, fauna, geology and geography make the state an ideal field study laboratory for students, faculty, and researchers to enhance their educational experience.

Campuses of the California State University have taken advantage of the state's natural resources by developing numerous outdoor education laboratories and research facilities to augment on-campus instruction. Many of these facilities are operated in cooperation with other organizations such as the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, and the Nature Conservancy. These sites serve as an educational role as well as preserve important ecological areas.

Many sites offer residential accommodations and extensive on-site laboratories, while other sites are simply nature at its best, with few or no man-made structures. These sites lend themselves to numerous disciplines - anthropology, agriculture, marine science, biology, chemistry, geography, geology, natural resource management, art, photography, education and more.