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Sagehen Creek Field Station
Nevada County, California
39.4320° -120.24122°


Located within the Sagehen Experimental Forest on the eastern slope of the northern Sierra Nevada approximately 20 miles north of Lake Tahoe, Sagehen Creek Field Station has been dedicated to research and teaching since 1951. The surrounding watershed is available to researchers and classes through an agreement with the Forest Service and includes extensive stands of yellow pine, mixed conifer, and red fir forests, as well as brush fields, scattered mountain meadows, and fens. Sagehen serves as the hub of a much broader network of research areas known as the Central Sierra Field Research Stations, which is comprised of: Sagehen Creek Field Station, Central Sierra Snow Laboratory, Onion Creek Experimental Watershed, Chickering American River Reserve, and North Fork Association Lands.

Sagehen facilities are open year-round with 53 beds. All sleeping areas and all buildings are fully winterized with propane heat. Most beds are twin-size; limited faculty space with full- or queen-size beds. Up to 10 tent-camping spaces also available. Other facilities include library/computer lab; two indoor and one outdoor classrooms; communal kitchen, eating area/deck; office space; fish observation house. Extensive environmental monitoring network covers much of the basin. Electricity, wireless network w/satellite Internet service, telephone (with long distance via calling cards), VCR, slide and LCD projectors.

Customized identification guides

Checklists with images, maps, and links

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More information



  • Jeff Brown, Station Manager, Sagehen Creek Field Station -- sagehen@berkeley.edu -- 530-587-4830
  • Faerthen Felix, Assistant Manager, Sagehen Creek Field Station -- faerthen@gmail.com -- 530-587-4830
  • Nancy Lowe, Outreach Coordinator, Discover Life -- nancy@discoverlife.org -- 404-272-4526
Updated: 08 October, 2010
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