The Bard College Ecology Field Station was established by the college in 1972 and expanded in 1984 by the Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve (HRNERR) of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. The Field Station operates as a collaboration among Bard, HRNERR, and Hudsonia Ltd.
The Field Station accommodates a variety of pure and applied research, education for professionals, and technical assistance in the environmental sciences and particularly field biology. Students, teachers, environmental professionals, landowners, concerned citizens, and others often need guidance through the maze of information and conflicting opinions regarding environmental issues and natural history. At the Field Station, diverse professionals, students, and amateurs work together to learn about the flora and fauna of the region and solve environmental problems that range from species identification to biodiversity conservation to sustainability. This work requires a particular marriage of natural history with theory, supported by long experience in the region and extensive knowledge of literature in the pertinent fields. Good land use planning and environmental management require a firm basis in field science as is provided by the Bard Field Station and its partners.