UCLA La Kretz Center Field Station

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.

Rocky Mountain in Santa Monica Mountains

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.

Facility Purpose:

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.

Facility Description:

Day Use

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.

Permanent Residents

We currently have a permanent resident living at the Field Station. One of the La Kretz Center funded postdoctoral researchers lives at the station as he conducts his research in the Santa Monica Mountains. Be aware of their presence and be respectful of his privacy.

Overnight Stays

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.

Additional Facilities

The Field Station currently has limited space for field equipment storage and preparation space for field samples. We plan on expanding both in 2015. Please direct questions regarding these additional facilities to Mario Colon or Brad Shaffer.

Field Station Information

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.

For more information, contact Mario Colon.

Stunt Ranch: A Living Laboratory

In 2015, the La Kretz Center assumed responsibility for the administration of the Stunt Ranch Santa Monica Mountains Reserve, a UC Natural Reserve System site. Just a 20-minute drive from the Field Station, the Stunt Ranch Reserve sits in the heart of the Cold Creek watershed, positioned in the southernmost of California's Transverse Range. Its value is further enhanced by its location adjacent to extensive natural areas, including state and federal parklands and areas managed for conservation purposes. The Reserve lends itself to programs that focus not only on the natural ecosystems and human history, but more broadly on issues of resource management in the urban/wildland interface. Contact Gary Bucciarelli, Stunt Ranch director of research, for more information.