Resources and Facilities

The Stengl Lost Pines Biological Field Station has 581 acres of wild space in which students, faculty, and researchers can conduct both short and long-term surveys and experiments. The original 208 acres, the Stengl tract, are largely composed of mixed pine and hardwood forests. This half of the property has a gridded transect system of narrowly cleared trails separated by 100 meters thus allowing access to the full range of distinct habitats. 

The additional 373 acres, the North tract, was incorporated in 2016 and contains more open fields and meadows than the original 208-acre tract. The current road system in the North tract includes a power line right-of-way and several trails. An expanded trail system is currently being developed for easier access by research teams and students. The combined acreage contains three ponds and J.D. Creek, a tributary of the Colorado River that bisects the eastern part of the property.


Lorraine F. Wyer Laboratory

The Lorraine F. Wyer Laboratory, named in honor of Dr. Stengl's partner, functions as a lab space for researchers and student groups to use while visiting the property. The building also has a bathroom, a kitchen and basic field lab facilities and equipment. 

Accommodation Facilities

Three cabins completed in 2017 provide lodging space for overnight users. Each cabin sleeps 8 and includes two bathrooms and a great room equipped with a kitchenette and space for meetings or research.

A large covered platform can be used for meetings or for overnight camping.

Additional Facilities

Other structures include a modern, climate-controlled greenhouse and a maintenance workshop. 


Species Lists

Stengl Biological Field Station is home to many species of plants and animals. While some formal surveys have been conducted, many observations are chance encounters. The lists continue to grow through additions made by researchers and visitors and all records are maintained in an active georeferenced GIS database of species distributions and abundance.