The Mendocino College Coastal Field Station is located on the Mendocino County coast between the city of Point Arena and the Point Arena lighthouse (38.928944N, 123.728167W), at 23008 N. Hwy 1, Point Arena, CA 95468.
The facility includes an education building for class and dry lab activities, three houses to accommodate overnight stays, and 15 acres of coastal terrace and tidal study areas. The college property is surrounded to the north, east and south by the California Coastal National Monument -- Point Arena-Stornetta Unit.
The field station is utilized by a number of Mendocino College's natural science programs. Mendocino College students enrolled in many science lab courses have the opportunity to stay at the field station in order to conduct a variety of scientific and educational projects. Student projects and research activities in marine biology, oceanography, environmental science, marine ecology and coastal geology are conducted each year. Non-science classes also utilize the facilities for exciting experiences that enhance their classroom activities, such as en plein air excursions of the art department.
For Other Information About Programs at the Mendocino College Coastal Field Station
Steve Cardimona, Chair of the Mendocino College Coastal Field Station Committee, 1000 Hensley Creek Road, Ukiah, CA 95482
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- Make your tax-deductible gift by designating your donation be directed to the Friends of the Mendocino College Coastal Field Station!
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- Rules of Use
- Basic Packing List
- Amenities Overview
- Station Location Map
- Facility Building Maps
- Cleanup Check-off List
- Local Area Information
- Point Arena - Stornetta Unit Map, California Coastal National Monument
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MENDOCINO COLLEGE FACULTY USER INFORMATION
For an approved class trip, you will need to download the following forms:
- Application for Use of Facilities
- Field Trip Excursion Notice (for each student)
- Assumption of Risk and Release (for each student)
You should contact the chair of the college Field Station Committee to schedule your use and submit your application.
EXTERNAL USER INFORMATION
To submit a request to visit the Mendocino College Coastal Field Station, you must
- Fill out the online Inquiry Form.
- Download and submit an Application for Use of Facilities no later than 10 working days prior to desired use. Note: There will be a $25 application fee for first-time users, a fee that is waived upon second and future use requests by the same organization.
- Plan to submit an Assumption of Risk and Release form for each participant (once your use request has been reviewed and approved).
- Approval for use of campus facilities requires proof of liability insurance and submission of a Certificate of Insurance verifying such coverage, which names Mendocino-Lake Community College District as an "additionally insured" on the applicant's policy, at least 10 days prior to requested use date (cf. Application for Use of Facilities).
- Users will be responsible for any damage resulting from their visit.
- Nominal fees are charged for use of the facility.
In order to help ensure your use request can be coordinated with internal Mendocino College use needs, please plan to contact us after the following dates for the pertinent use time frame:
- April 1 for summer use request (June-July)
- June 1 for fall semester use (August-December)
- November 1 for spring semester use (January-May)
If you are interested in including use of the Mendocino College Coastal Field Station in your grant proposal, please contact Steve Cardimona.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE MENDOCINO COLLEGE COASTAL FIELD STATION
Steve Cardimona, Chair of the Mendocino College Coastal Field Station Committee
MENDOCINO COLLEGE SCIENCE, INQUIRY-BASED ACTIVITIES
OTHER MENDOCINO COLLEGE CLASS ACTIVITIES
- En plein air Art class excursions
OTHER ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS
- Plate Boundary Observatory Station P059
- CeNCOOS Data Portal
- Reef Check California
- Pacific Manta Research Group
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- 1972, Units 1 and 2 Mendocino Power Plant, Preliminary safety analysis report Volume II, Pacific Gas and Electric.
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- 2003, Photo of thrust fault exposure, Courtesy of Carol Prentice, USGS.
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Partners & Links
BUREAU of LAND MANAGEMENT (BLM)
NATIONAL OCEANOGRAPHIC and ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION (NOAA)
- Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary
- GFNMS Boundary Map
- Sea Lion Cove State Marine Conservation Area
UNITED STATES COAST GUARD