ESF manages eight regional properties, located in three distinct ecological sub-regions, giving students, faculty, and researchers access to unparalleled learning and research opportunities. The size, scope, and ecological diversity of ESF's regional properties make it unique among institutions of higher education. The properties serve as an outdoor classroom and laboratory for teaching, demonstration, and research by faculty, students, and staff at SUNY ESF. Together, these lands constitute one of the largest college campuses in the world.
ESF's special partnership with Syracuse University gives our students access to additional academic and recreational facilities on the SU campus.
Use of Regional Campuses
ESF welcomes students, faculty, staff, and researchers to use the forests and field stations. Non-ESF affiliated users may be permitted to use the forests and field stations in accordance with SUNY Policy #5603.
ESF students, faculty, and staff who would like to request the use of an ESF forest property or field station should fill out the "Property Use Form for ESF Users". This form is designed to be used for activities such as teaching, ESF club-sponsored events, department meetings, and research projects* such as capstone projects, thesis research, and independent study projects. If the meeting or event is not sponsored by SUNY ESF, do not fill out this form.
Individuals or groups who are not affiliated with ESF, or whose meeting or event is not sponsored by ESF should fill out the "Property Use Application for Non-ESF Users" (Google Form). This form is designed to be used for activities such as K-12 field trips, training events, chapter meetings, workshops that are not sponsored by ESF, and research projects* for researchers who do not work or attend ESF. Non-ESF users may also be required to obtain a temporary revocable permit and provide proof of insurance. A property manager will contact you if this will be required.
*Research Projects- All researchers, regardless of their affiliation with ESF, will be required to fill out a "Research Use Form" once their research project has been approved by the Director of Forest Properties. This form should not be filled out until your Property Use Application has been filled out and your project has been approved.
For ESF faculty, students, or staff. Use this form to request use of the properties for
- Teaching (classes or field labs)
- Research Projects (including independent studies and capstone projects)
- Club sponsored events
- Department meetings
For non-ESF affiliated users or events. Use this form to request the use of the properties for
- K-12 Field Trips
- Research Projects
- Training events
- Company retreats
Researchers whose research project has already been approved by the Director of Forest Properties should submit this form with the details about your research project.