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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 located in the northern Great Basin region in Southeastern Oregon. It is operated by the Great Basin Society, a non-profit organization founded in 1985. Its mission is dedicated to the concept that learning is a lifelong process. This philosophy is achieved by providing public lectures, accredited and non-accredited courses, professional development workshops, Elderhostel programs, in-service teacher education and scout projects. It also serves as host to individuals, families, birding groups, K–12 school groups, and other organizations and agencies. A member-based consortium of 19 northwest universities, colleges, and education organizations guides the academic programs. Individual and family membership (Friends of Malheur) benefits include newsletters, bookstore and lodging discounts.

Located on Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, 32 miles south of Burns, the field station is a unique and diverse setting of extensive marshland, desert basins, alkali playas, upland desert scrub steppe, volcanic and glacial landforms, and fault block mountains. As such, the Malheur Field Station
provides a rich outdoor classroom for the biologist, geologist, archaeologist, artist, astronomer, environmental science student or visitor interested in the cultural or natural history of the region.
Lodging and food services can be arranged.

Basic accommodations range from dormitories and kitchenettes to trailers and RV hook-ups. The
dining hall serves cafeteria-style breakfasts and dinners and offers sack lunches for field trips.

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