Campus Ecosystem

Ambler Campus Features

The Field Station at Temple University Ambler is a living laboratory for biodiversity that provides experiences and resources as diverse as the people who study, conduct research, or simply stroll through them.

The 187-acre Ambler Campus, which is designated as an arboretum, has a diverse range of learning and research evironments listed below. 

Research Environments

Total Acreage – 187 acres

Arboretum Gardens - 5 acres

Woodland – 75.6 acres

48.6 acres - Secondary growth, Hickory, Mixed invasive including Callery Pear

27.0 acres - Older growth forest including Beech and Black Oak 

Meadow/Grassland – 6.1 acres

Lawn/Turf – 34.5 acres

Wetlands – 2.25 acres

Floodplain – 20.5 acres

Impervious surface - 5 acres

Additional Environmental Resources

  • Diverse soils

  • Water infiltration/urban soils site

  • Two creeks: Rose Valley Creek and Tannery Run Creek

  • Extensive space for ground and stormwater studies

  • Converted agricultural land to woodland

  • 345 trees and shrub species 

  • A living labratory of invasive plant species

  • Dozens of bird species

  • High deer population

  • Extensive trail system

  • Natural debris reclamation station

  • Foundations of historic buildings and gardens

  • 12 cultivated research gardens, including the formal perennial garden, an herb garden, a groundcover garden, a native plant garden, a woodland garden, a sustainable wetland garden, a green roof garden, a winter garden, a healing garden, conifer garden, and a food crops garden.