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UF/IFAS Ordway-Swisher Biological Station

UF/IFAS Ordway-Swisher Biological Station


A research, teaching, and extension facility of the University of Florida established to further the study and conservation of unique ecosystems.



Our research mission focuses on supporting, faculty, graduate, and undergraduate research projects at the University of Florida as well as serves as a platform and collaborative environment for other academic institutions and agencies.


Our conservation mission is to manage and protect the ecological integrity of the facility's habitats and species. It also includes the collecting of long-term monitoring data to support conservation management, research, education, and Extension activities.


Our teaching mission is to provide support for college-level courses, professional training, extension workshops, and visits from K-12 schools through a high-quality, field-style learning environment.

VISITATION REQUESTS AND DATA ACCESS Apply for research and visitation requests, download long-term environmental monitoring datasets, and access onsite weather data.
Contact Us 693 State Road 26, Melrose, FL 32666