Welcome to the Bernard Field Station!

The Robert J. Bernard Biological Field Station, an academic resource of The Claremont Colleges Services is located on approximately 86 acres within the Claremont Colleges Campus in Claremont, CA. The habitat is primarily California sage scrub with live oak forest and grassland. In addition, an artificial lake with surrounding riparian woodland and several created vernal pools add to habitat diversity.


The Bernard Field Station’s mission is to increase understanding and awareness of southern California’s ecosystems through education and research.

Latest News from our Blog:

  • It’s fall, so it’s time for… Cutting Cattails!
    Here are some scenes from our October 1 volunteer workday – the first of the 2022-2023 academic year. As usual for this time of year, we were cutting cattails, and lots of cattails were cleared […]
  • Volunteer Workdays resume Saturday, April 2
    After a little hiatus thanks to Omicron, we are excited to announce that BFS Volunteer Workdays will resume, this Saturday, April 2, when we will be planting native plants, propagated by CalBG from BFS stock, […]
  • Volunteer Workdays resume – COVID-style
    Big excitement at the BFS – today was the first volunteer workday since March 7, 2020! We had a “soft open” with a very small group to make see how things went with our new […]
  • BFS Mammals List updated
    The list of BFS Mammals has just been updated. There is one new addition to the list: Merriam’s Chipmunk (Neotamias merriami) This chipmunk was captured by a trail cam (shown above). It is probably accidental; […]
  • BFS Herps List Updated
    The list of BFS Reptiles & Amphibians has just been updated. There are two name changes: San Diegan Legless Lizard (Anniella stebbinsi)Previously reported as Anniella pulchra, but A. pulchra has been divided into 5 species […]