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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 provide 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 provide 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

Timberlake Biological Field Station (TBFS) is a new outdoor education and research facility focused on the ecological integrity of the Colorado River Basin and the diverse flora and fauna of the Cross Timbers and Edwards Plateau ecoregions (Figure 1). TBFS is an official member of the international Organization of Biological Field Stations, whose mission is to help member stations increase their effectiveness in supporting critical research, education, and outreach programs. In addition, TBFS is a certified field site for the Texas Aquatic Science program sponsored by Texas Parks and Wildlife; the mission of this program is to provide hands-on activities designed to educate middle school and high school students about the importance of aquatic ecosystems across the state. TBFS is also a host for the Research Experience for Undergraduates program sponsored by the National Science Foundation; the mission of this program 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.

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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 Service (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