Nantucket Field Station
The Field Station is diverse in its occurrence of natural features. On the property there is a large, pristine salt marsh and tidal creek, freshwater ponds, freshwater and brackish wetlands, uplands, barrier beach, and 2,000 feet of waterfront.
All of these resource areas and the facilities on the property have greatly benefited the scientific portion of the Field Station’s mission of education, research, and community service with University of Massachusetts Boston students, Nantucketers, and other on- and off-island collaborators.
What happens at the Field Station?
The Field Station serves as a living laboratory where the interrelationships of natural elements are tangible and readily available to be observed, studied, and interpreted. It also provides an exceptional setting in which students and teachers are able to consider the arts, humanities, and social sciences related to the Island.
The Foundation now holds title to the entire property, subject to an agreement that enables the University to continue to occupy and use the Field Station’s modest facilities. The Foundation will allow the University to continue using 65 of the 110 acres and the existing structures for its educational, research, and community service programs. Forty-five acres of upland bordering Folger’s Marsh and the Polpis Road will be managed by the Foundation.
Can I visit and enjoy the Field Station?
Yes. Access is available to the public with an understanding that the Foundation and those using the property will be considerate of the University’s educational and research programs occurring on the adjoining acreage. Visitors are asked to sign in at the Field Station’s laboratory when they visit the property.