Sites and Facilities

Natural Environments

The Temple Ambler Field Station overlays the 75.6 hectares Ambler Arboretum and Ambler Campus, with ecosystems ranging from older growth forest to wetlands and streams. 

  • Forest: 30.6 ha, including secondary forest and older growth dominated by American beech and black oak. 

  • Designed Gardens: 2 ha, including 12 cultivated gardens.

  • Aquatic and Wetland Environments:

    • Two ephemeral streams

    • Wetlands: 0.9 ha

    • Floodplain: 8.2 ha

  • Meadows:  2.5 ha

  • Turf: 14 ha

  • Impervious Surface: 2 ha

The natural environments support a diverse assemblage of species, including over 800 unique taxa identified to date.  Information on current temperature and soil conditions is also available.


Facilities 

Please contact us for current restrictions on facility usage due to Covid-19. 

Research

Facilities include equipped research laboratories, greenhouse, research garden, outdoor research array, office and meeting space for visiting scholars, and a 450-gallon aquaponics facility that is accredited by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Care (AALAC).  A trail system helps researchers, students, and visitors access our forest ecosystems. 

Instructional and Conference Spaces

A suite of smart classrooms and conference spaces and a 300-seat auditorium are available for instruction and collaboration. 

Equipment

The Ambler Field Station is outfitted to support field research and courses, offering a variety of field and laboratory equipment for shared usage.

Technology

Field Station users have access to our fully-equipped Technology Center, with over 65 computer workstations, specialized software (e.g., Lumion, GIS), 3D printers, and capacity for large-scale printing, plotting and scanning. Wifi is also available in academic buildings and designed gardens. 

Library

An on-site library provides full access to the Temple University Library System. 

Residence Hall and Food Service

Accommodations are available in an on-site residence hall with capacity for 50 people. During the academic year, food may be purchased from our on-campus convenience store, Diamond General.

Recreation

Recreational facilities are available for use, including, indoor and outdoor basketball courts, gym, tennis courts, sand volleyball courts, weight room, and playing fields for baseball, softball and soccer.