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Timberlake Biological Field Station

Tarleton's Research Experience for Undergraduates Program
The mission of this REU program, which is funded by the National Science Foundation, is to increase the involvement of undergraduate students in scientific research, particularly those underrepresented students from 2-year colleges and 4-year universities with limited research opportunities. Visit the REU homepage for more information!Service Weekend 2015
The Department of Biological Sciences recently hosted a service weekend ensuring that this facility remains a vital part of TSU's commitment to outdoor education and research!Johanson's Provide Support for Tarleton Research and Academic Programs
Timberlake Ranch part of a $5 million-plus gift to Tarleton from Dr. Lamar Johanson and his wife Marilynn Timberlake Johanson.Visit Timberlake Ranch
The ranch provides an ideal setting for students to gain first hand knowledge of how nature works.  Want to bring a class to the ranch? Fill out the Timberlake Ranch Visit Request Form.

Tarleton's Research Experience for Undergraduates Program

The mission of this REU program, which is funded by the National Science Foundation, is to increase the involvement of undergraduate students in scientific research, particularly those underrepresented students from 2-year colleges and 4-year universities with limited research opportunities. Visit the REU homepage for more information!

Service Weekend 2015

The Department of Biological Sciences recently hosted a service weekend ensuring that this facility remains a vital part of TSU's commitment to outdoor education and research!

Johanson's Provide Support for Tarleton Research and Academic Programs

Timberlake Ranch part of a $5 million-plus gift to Tarleton from Dr. Lamar Johanson and his wife Marilynn Timberlake Johanson.

Visit Timberlake Ranch

The ranch provides an ideal setting for students to gain first hand knowledge of how nature works.  Want to bring a class to the ranch? Fill out the Timberlake Ranch Visit Request Form.

About Timberlake Ranch

Located on the banks of the Colorado River south of Goldthwaite in Mills County, Timberlake Ranch and Biological Field Station (TBFS) provides an outdoor classroom for Tarleton students. After a short 90 minute drive from Stephenville, students are exposed to an ecological transition between the Cross Timbers and Edwards Plateau regions of central Texas. This "east-meets-west" area supports a unique mixture of species and allows ample opportunities for student involvement in research and classroom related activities. TBFS is also a wonderful location for outdoor recreational activities such as bird watching, camping, fishing, hiking, and kayaking.

The mission of the Biological Field Station at Timberlake Ranch is to promote education and research while emphasizing the ecological integrity of the Colorado River Basin and the diverse flora and fauna of the Cross Timbers and Edwards Plateau ecoregions.  Our vision is that, through scientific investigations conducted by respected professionals, the hydrogeology and ecological integrity of the historically important Colorado River can return to its past beauty and splendor. 

  • Education: to provide a hands-on learning experience designed to educate and excite students about the natural world.
  • Research: to act as a natural area for multidisciplinary research where both short-term and long-term projects can be conducted.

Christopher L. Higgins, Ph.D (Director, Timberlake Biological Field Station)

Donation Center

Timberlake Biological Field Station is now accepting monetary donations to help improve the infrastructure, including ADA compliant restroom facilities, a wet lab for student research and classroom related activities, student housing, and a student-centered teaching pavilion.

Donors may either use the "Give Now" button below to make an online donation (be sure to use "Timberlake" as the keyword when completing the online form), or donors can print a hardcopy of the donation form and mail their contribution to the Office of Advancement Services (mailing address at bottom of donation form).

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Field-based Courses

Since Fall 2013, 381 Tarleton students have visited the station and been able to gain valuable field experience to support what they are learning in the classroom. The following courses routinely use TBFS as part of the curriculum:

  • Ecology
  • Orinthology
  • Herpetology
  • Liminology
  • Mammology
  • Ichthyology
  • Environmental and Restoration Biology