A key value in our school is our commitment to hands-on field learning, and our labs, remote sites and natural areas provide faculty and students with unmatched resources and landscapes to study.
Charles Lathrop Pack Experimental Forest – Located at the foot of Mt. Rainier, Pack Forest sits on 4,300 acres of working forestland. The forest provides the resources to discover, teach and demonstrate the concepts of sustainable forestry. Programs at Pack Forest, including field courses, spring break and summer operations, actively advance the concept and practice of sustainability, engaging resource scientists, professionals, policymakers and communities. Pack Forest is also home to the Mount Rainier Institute and the Center for Sustainable Forestry at Pack Forest.
Lee Memorial Forest – The Lee Memorial Forest, approximately 160 acres, is located about 22 miles northeast of UW, near Maltby, Wash. This forested property provides valuable academic and research opportunities near the campus. Characterized by forest types and soils common to western Washington lowlands, Lee Forest is used extensively for part-day trips and for research and demonstration projects.
Olympic Natural Resources Center (ONRC) – The Olympic Natural Resources Center (ONRC), located on the Olympic Peninsula in Forks, Wash., provides scientific information and services to address critical issues relating to forestry and aquatic resources. It serves as a catalyst for interdisciplinary and collaborative work, bringing expertise from forestry, ocean, and fishery sciences together with local commercial interests for the benefit of the rural and urban communities on Washington’s outer coast. By integrating research with education and outreach, it unites researchers, students, professionals, local stakeholders and the public.
Thompson Research Site and the Joe E. Monahan Findley Lake Reserve – The Thompson Research Site and the Joe E. Monahan Findley Lake Reserve in the 640-acre Cedar River watershed are utilized in cooperation with the city of Seattle’s Public Utilities for studies in forest hydrology and mineral cycling in the forest ecosystem.
UW Botanic Gardens – The School’s largest field center is also the closest, encompassing the Center for Urban Horticulture and Washington Park Arboretum. The 230-acre arboretum includes a vibrant collection of more than 20,000 living plants from around the world and also offers opportunities to explore woods and wetlands, and take in exceptional views. The Center for Urban Horticulture includes demonstration gardens and natural areas, and also houses the Elisabeth C. Miller Horticultural Library, Otis Douglas Hyde Herbarium, the Washington Rare Plant Care and Conservation Program, the UW Farm and the Union Bay Natural Area.
In addition to labs maintained by individual faculty members, Environmental and Forest Sciences maintains a number of shared facilities to support lab-based research.