Research and Field Studies Center (RFSC)

The Research and Field Studies Center (RFSC) is a 114-acre site located approximately four miles north of the Duluth campus. The property is primarily an educational and research-centered resource supporting numerous UMD programs. The area is commonly known as the UMD farm because the site was once a working farm and still includes several buildings originally used for dairy cows, chickens, and pigs. 

The primary academic objectives of the property include:

  • Conduct research on natural ecosystems, plant and animal populations, and individual species in a changing landscape.
  • Provide field-based educational activities in the form of academic classes, informal workshops and training programs.
  • Develop, manage, and maintain an experiential venue to educate students, the University community, and the region on sustainable agriculture.
  • Communicate to the public and engage the campus community in scientific study through involvement with researcher shared expertise and results.
  • Facilitate interaction between a variety of disciplines related to environmental management, education, and sustainable agriculture at UMD.

RFSC Space Assignments

The Academic Panel reviews new RFSC space assignment requests. Please complete this form to request any new land, building, container, or other structure assignment on the property. If the request involves grant funding, submit the form prior to completing the grant proposal.

Individuals with approved, current space assignments at the RFSC who have requests specific to those spaces should email [email protected] with the details. Requests will be routed to the appropriate individuals or group for review. 

RFSC Master Plan - 2014

The 2014 UMD Research & Field Studies Center (RFSC) Master Plan summarizes guiding principles, goals, and priorities for long-term use of the property.