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Malheur Field Station

Mud Lake at The Narrows, just northwest of the Malheur Field Station. (Oregon State Archives photo)

Mud Lake at The Narrows, just northwest of the Malheur Field Station. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

Malheur Field Station is an environmental education and research center in the northern Great Basin region in Southeastern Oregon operated by the Great Basin Society, a non-profit organization founded in 1985. The field station provides public lectures, accredited and non-accredited courses, professional development workshops and scout projects. It also hosts individuals, families, birding groups, K–12 school groups and other groups. A member-based consortium of 19 northwest universities, colleges and education organizations guides the academic programs. Friends of Malheur membership benefits include newsletters, bookstore and lodging discounts.


The field station is on the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, 32 miles south of Burns, a diverse setting of marshlands, desert basins, alkali playas, upland desert scrub steppe, volcanic and glacial landforms, and fault block mountains, providing a rich outdoor classroom for the biologist, geologist, archaeologist, artist, astronomer or environmental science student.


Lodging and food services can be arranged. Basic accommodations range from dormitories and kitchenettes to trailers and RV hook-ups.


The field station’s Natural History Museum exhibits and bookstore are open to the public.


Duncan Evered and Lyla Messick, Directors
Address: 34848 Sodhouse Ln., Princeton 97721
Phone: 541-493-2629