Malheur Field Station

reflection of tree on the water
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, a diverse setting of marshlands, desert basins, alkali playas, upland desert scrub steppe, volcanic and glacial landforms and fault block mountains, 32 miles south of Burns on the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. It provides a rich outdoor classroom for the biologist, geologist, archaeologist, astronomer, artist, or environmental science student. operated by the Great Basin Society, a 501(c)(3) 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, groups, families, birding groups and K–12 school groups. A member-based consortium of northwest universities, colleges and education organizations guides the academic programs.

Accommodations, ranging from dormitories and kitchenettes to trailers and recreational vehicle hook-ups, can be arranged. The field station’s Natural History Museum exhibits and bookstore are open to the public.


Rose Garacci, Station Manager
Address: 34848 Sodhouse Ln., Princeton 97721
Phone: 541-493-2629