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The Partners

The UC Merced/SCICON Field Station project brings together two nationally-recognized institutions in environmental science and education.

Scientists in the field

UC Merced, the newest campus in the venerable University of California system, is a thought leader in natural resource sciences, management, and policy. The University offers researchers from around the world the opportunity to capitalize on its unique geographical location at the intersection of the San Joaquin Valley and Sierra Nevada Range while conducting pertinent natural science, engineering, social science, management, policy, and humanities research. By so doing, researchers provide new knowledge that is essential to the region. The Sierra Nevada Research Institute, UC Water, the UC Center of Excellence on Unmanned Aircraft System Safety, Interdisciplinary Humanities, and Public Health are examples of UC Mercedís cutting-edge research initiatives with a focus on the environment, people, and future of the Sierra Nevada and San Joaquin Valley.

Students at SCICON SCICON is the outdoor school of science and conservation operated by the Tulare County Office of Education. It is located on 1,100 acres in the foothills of the Southern Sierra Nevada Range, east of Springville. SCICON is the product of over 60 years of school and community commitment that provides 20,000 K-12 students annually with ďa gold standard outdoor science school program.Ē* The UC Merced/SCICON Field Station will be based at the SCICONís 640-acre field study site, Circle J-Norris Ranch – a program that offers rigorous, standards-based lessons connecting K-16 students to the natural world. The program also offers teachers flexibility in creating their own unique lessons. For over 20 years, students have participated in day trips to the site to engage in hands-on lessons, or have returned numerous times during the year for ongoing research projects. Each year, Circle J invites high school students and their teachers to work alongside naturalists and scientists during the Field Science Weekend and BioBlitz events.

* California Outdoor School Administrators, 2013 Certification Report


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Tulare County Office of Education
UC Merced / SCICON Field Station
fieldstation@tcoe.org
6200 S. Mooney Blvd., Visalia, CA 93277 · · phone: (559) 733-6302 · · fax: (559) 627-5219