The Field Station is our administrative and academic headquarters. It supports field research activities, provides short and long-term accommodations for researchers and space for meetings and small classes, and will ultimately include lab facilities to further facilitate field studies.
Located in the heart of the Santa Monica Mountains, the La Kretz Field Station is a unique, collaborative project between the UCLA La Kretz Center and the National Park Service. Situated on National Park Service property adjacent to Rocky Oaks Park and managed by the La Kretz Center, the Field Station location is ideal for facilitating students and visitors alike to work on collaborative conservation projects in the Santa Monica Mountains and across Southern California. The Field Station provides a natural bridge between our more laboratory-based activities on the UCLA campus and collaborative ecological work in the field.
The primary purpose of the Field Station is to support conservation science research in the Santa Monica Mountains and adjacent areas. It also supports education, outreach and administrative activities related to conservation and land management. Activities ranging from international workshop/classes to field sampling for Ph.D. projects to collaborative project development all fall within the Field Station purview.
The Field Station has a conference room / classroom that can accommodate up to 20 people for meetings and seminars. WiFi is available free of charge. Users should bring their own AV equipment as required for meetings / classes. Daytime use is free.
We currently have a group of permanent residents living at the Field Station. Two of the La Kretz Center funded postdoctoral researchers live at the station as they conduct their research in the Santa Monica Mountains. Be aware of their presence and be respectful of their privacy.
The Field Station has 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and can accommodate up to 16 overnight visitors. The four bedrooms have four bunk beds. There is a full kitchen and dining room for use by overnight residents and WiFi service is provided. Overnight stays: $10/night/person to help cover operating costs. We maintain Quiet Hours from 9:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m., please be respectful and follow this rule.
The Field Station currently has limited space for field equipment storage and preparation space for field samples. We plan on expanding both during our first year of operation. Please direct questions regarding these additional facilities to Phil Spinks or Brad Shaffer.
Location: 31915 Mulholland Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265. The Field Station is located at the intersection of Mulholland Highway and Kanan Road, West of Kanan on the North side of Mulholland. By appointment only.
Reservations: We recommend at least one week’s advance notice in order to provide the best chance for a successful reservation. Availability is on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Applicants should visit the online reservation system at University of California Natural Reserve System online Reserve Management System (UCNRS-RAMS) to create an account, and then make a reservation.
Phil Spinks, Ph.D.
Operations Manager and UCLA Staff Research Associate