"At a time when humans are altering the world at an unprecedented pace and scale, the need for objective field research has never been more urgent. Just as research hospitals are critical for medical breakthroughs, and telescopes essential for extending our knowledge of the universe, field stations provide the critical real-world laboratories environmental scientists need to further our understanding of the Earth and its processes."
-Organization of Biological Field Stations
The Galindo Creek Field Station at Cal State East Bay Concord Campus is 53.9 acres of university land designed to support scholarship and learning. The principal geographic feature of the preserve is Galindo Creek, which is part of the Walnut Creek Watershed. Galindo Creek provides habitat for dozens of native species including deer, coyotes, bobcats, rabbits and squirrels, as well as a variety of reptiles, amphibians and birds, some on California's endangered list.
According to the National Science Foundation, field stations strive to enhance research and science education by "preserving access to study areas and organisms, providing facilities and equipment in close proximity to those study areas, and fostering an atmosphere of mutual scientific interest and collaboration in research and education."