Swanton Pacific Ranch
Recognized for its high biodiversity and abundant resources, the Swanton Pacific Ranch provides a valuable opportunity to study the methods of resource conservation applied through sustainable management techniques. The ranch was donated to the College in 1993 by the late Al Smith. A Cal Poly graduate and founder of Orchard Supply Hardware, Al had specific goals, "...that Swanton Pacific Ranch be maintained as a working ranch and used exclusively for agriculture, recreational, educational purposes".
This educational and research facility is owned by the Cal Poly Corporation and managed by the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences. Faculty, graduate students and undergraduates actively pursue research opportunities, utilizing the forest, range, and watershed resources within the ranch. The ranch hosts a variety of functions some of which include the production of certified natural beef, "U-pick" certified organic apples, hosting of professional meetings and workshops, and courses offered by the Department of Natural Resource Management.
The following courses will be held at Swanton Pacific Ranch during the summer of 2017.
|AG S339||Internship in Agriculture||Dr. Brian Dietterick||4,5, or 6||11 weeks||6.19 - 9.1|
|NR S339||Internship in Forest & and Natural Resources||Dr. Brian Dietterick||4, 5, or 6||11 weeks||6.19 - 9.1|
|BIO S329||Vertebrate Field Zoology||Dr. John Perrine||4||2 weeks||8.14 - 8.25|
|ASCI S470||Sustainable Rangeland & Livestock Management||Dr. Marc Horney||4||2 weeks||7.31 - 8.11|
|NR S475||Sustainable Forestry & Environmental Practices||Dr. Brian Dietterick||12||4 weeks||6.26 - 7.21|