Some say the only way to truly understand the beauty of the Sierra Nevada Field Campus is to be there and experience it yourself. We agree! But in case you haven't been before, enjoy these photos as a taste of what you might expect to see. Please remember these photos are just a small glimpse. We look forward to welcoming you up to the campus so you can experience how special this place truly is. See you up in the mountains!



mountain and lake

A view of majestic Sardine Lake right down the road from the campus.

An expansive green wetland

The Sierra Valley is also nearby and offers world class birding and wildflowers.

dock at sierra nevada field campus

Swimming opportunities abound in rivers and lakes all around the field campus.


tent platforms

A view of some of our tent platforms tucked into our cozy forest.

inside of a tent

The inside of one of our tents. Each comes with 2 beds with mattresses and views of the forest out your window!

tent on a platform

Another view of one of our tents.

people on a sunny trail together

There are endless trail options around the campus. Here are some geology students on a nearby hike.

People on a mountain overlooking expansive view

It's easy to find breathtaking vistas in the area. Here is one of our classes out for the day.

kitchen staff

We have a commercial kitchen staffed by a lovely crew each summer ready to take care of you and feed you 3 meals a day!

students and instructor with moth in hand

We offer classes in all sorts of natural history topics. Here are students in our annual Butterflies and Moths class.

woman wearing a headlamp and holding a bat

During our annual "night owl" week, we offer classes in astronomy, night photography, and the conservation of bats (pictured here).

student working outside

Whether its for a writing retreat with your colleagues or a writing class, the field campus offers an ideal place to write and relax.

people around the fire

Sitting around the fire together in the evenings is a classic experience at the field campus

GatorWild program

The SFSU GatorWILD program for incoming freshmen is a peak experience of each summer!

Students in classroom with snake

In addition to all the amazing places to travel to from the field campus, we also have a classroom space for groups to learn in