The Ambler Campus was designated in 2020 as the Temple Ambler Field Station, a platform for environmental field research and education.  The Field Station leverages the 187-acre Ambler Campus and Arboretum as a living laboratory, providing access to a diversity of natural habitats including old growth and secondary forests, meadows, ephemeral streams, and beautiful designed gardens. 

The Ambler Field Station also provides research and educational support facilities including laboratory and instructional spaces, offices for visiting scholars, conference rooms, a fully equipped technology center, library, and field vehicle access. Ongoing research at the Ambler Field Station spans multiple disciplines, from the natural sciences, to engineering and liberal arts.

Temple University Ambler has more than a century of experience teaching and conducting research on sustainable practices and building important connections to the natural world as both a campus of Temple and as its forerunner, the historically significant Pennsylvania School of Horticulture for Women. The Temple Ambler Field Station is a member of the Organization of Biological Field Stations and other international networks for the advancement of environmental research and education.

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Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity is a fundamental principle in the discipline of Ecology. There are many facets of biological diversity – species diversity, functional diversity, genetic diversity – each contributing to the richness and stability of our biosphere.  Similarly, human diversity supports the functioning of our society, our intellectual communities, and our cultural networks. 

The Temple Ambler Field Station strives to support all diversity – in the species that we preserve and study in our natural environments, and in the inclusive community of scientists and scholars who use the station for research and learning. 

A priority of the Temple Ambler Field Station is to contribute to the effort to diversify participation in the sciences, and the Field Station focuses on providing access and opportunities to students from populations under-represented in science. Many populations of students, particularly those at urban universities, lack proximity to field stations and natural environments that can serve as a platform for education, thereby limiting their access to advanced field-based training.  

By leveraging the strengths of the Temple Ambler Field Station’s location and assets, we are actively establishing research and educational opportunities and programming that promotes diversity in environmental fields.