Learn about the incredible natural environment of the Northern Great Basin through interactive classes at Malheur Field Station, lead by devoted local experts.
Classes & Events Coming Soon
To address the MFS Mission of “facilitating environmental education in the Northern Great Basin”, MFS offers educational programs as well as partnering with others to support programs they bring to MFS. We continue to look for opportunities to enrich the experience of visitors to the High Desert. Please join us as a participant or a provider.
- Geology Field StudyExplore the geology of Harney County. In this three-night program, participants will learn about the Steens Mt. and geothermal activity in South Eastern Oregon desert. September 23 - 25, 2022
- Entomology in the High Desert 2021Entomology in the High Desert Sept - TBA - Learn more about the insects of sagebrush country and their importance to the ecosystem. This course ...continue reading "Entomology in the High Desert 2021"
- Astronomy / Astro Photography 2021August 17-21, 2020 Join us under the darkest sky in the US! Learn about Astronomy and Astro-Photography in this 4 day course.
Throughout the years many organizations have and continue to use our facilities. They sponsor their own programs and we provide logistics. We refer to them as Guest Groups.
- Great Basin Butterfly 2020July 10-13, 2020 From Steens Mountain to the Alvord Desert, from alpine to meadow to sagebrush steppe, butterflies and moths abound in this hotspot for Northern Great Basin species.
- Alpine Pollinator Ecology 2020August 14 - 16,2020 The unique mingling of desert and alpine plant communities makes Steens Mountain a hotspot for insect diversity.
- Great Basin FloraJuly 19 - 21, 2019 - Cheryl Beyer, M.S. and Janel Johnson, M.S will lead this field course to investigate the endemics, Sierra relics and Great Basin native plants found at Steens and Hart Mountains' floristic “junctions.”
- Butterflies of the High DesertJuly 12 – 14, 2019 – Dana Ross, M.S. offers a butterfly class at the Malheur Field Station sponsored by the Siskiyou Field Institute.
- Reynolds High School 2019Tadd Reaney a Reynolds HS science teacher, has spearheaded this four day event for Freshman each year. This year Tadd brought 69 students!
Volunteering at MFS has been a long and valuable tradition. There are so many ways to be part of the Malheur community, check out the volunteer activities below and let us know if you’re like to join us!
- Bird Boxes
- Bat Boxes
- Guest Speakers
- Expert Guides & Educators
- Repairs to the facility
Want to get involved or have another project in mind? Contact us today!
We’re making lots of changes and upgrades to the Field Station thanks to the support of donors and volunteers!
The Malheur Field Station is alive and well and recovering from many years of deferred maintenance. It is a long road ahead, yet we are making progress one day at a time.
As funds are available we are upgrading, replacing, repurposing throughout the station. We have found many reasonable items at Habitat for Humanity. Our donors have generously donated new, used and repurposed items to bring MFS units up to date. We are applying for grants to make major improvements with the Kitchen/Dining Hall, as well as other buildings.
Thank you for your support, your donations make miracles happen at MFS!
Follow along with our improvements to the site on our blog:
Our Kitchenettes are named Owl East, Owl West and Pelican. All three units have Central Air and Heat.
In July, 2017, thanks to grants from The Collins Foundation and the Oregon Community Foundation, new windows and siding were installed
"Septic problems" is the dreaded phrase country folks least want to hear and we have had our fair share.
This project seems to be never ending; we started the cleanup in 2018 and it continues to this day. Getting rid of junk and garbage costs time and money
When we started in on this clean-up and improvement project the laundry room had been delegated as a storage area.
This Spring (2019) Stan, a retired electronics engineer from Washington state, volunteered to address the damaged screen problem on the entire Field Station.
Our Dorms are an integral part of our educational programs having the ability to house up to 30 attendees each.
Water Crisis - February, 2018 After a heavy storm on February 18, 2018 Harney Electric Coop came out to fix a down electrical pole. While drilling to set the new pole, they hit our main water line! They came out to fix this problem.Over the next couple weeks it was obvious that we had major…