UMass Boston

Nantucket Field Station

A living laboratory for scientific exploration and discovery.

The Nantucket Field Station, a facility of UMass Boston's School for the Environment, is a 107-acre field site of pristine salt marsh, rolling uplands, and harbor waterfront which provides education, research, and community service. 

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Research in Action

With its diverse habitats Nantucket Island offers a rich tapestry for studying coastal ecology, marine life, and biodiversity. As a student or researcher, you'll have unparalleled access to this vibrant ecosystem, enabling you to conduct hands-on fieldwork and contribute to important environmental research.

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About Us

We are a world-class research and educational institution and a deeply engaged member of the Nantucket community.

Who We Are

The UMass Boston Nantucket Field Station is a field facility for education and research, managed by the School for the Environment and interwoven within the local community.  


The mission of the UMass Boston Nantucket Field Station is to provide education, research, and community service opportunities in conjunction with faculty members and students of the University of Massachusetts Boston, the University of Massachusetts system, the people of Nantucket, and other educational and research organizations both on and off Nantucket. In 2004, the Nantucket Conservation Foundation signed a purchase agreement with the Trustees of the University to purchase the field station, protecting the land and allowing UMass Boston to operate the facility in perpetuity.


What We do

The UMass Boston Nantucket Field Station offers immersive credited university field courses, supports a wide range of field research and public education. Visiting researchers come here from a range of educational institutions and agencies, not only from UMass Boston to conduct research, on a group field trip or both. 


Contact Us

Nantucket Field Station
180 Polpis Road
Nantucket, MA

Phone: 508.228.6268
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Spring/Summer: 9 AM-7 PM
Fall/Winter: 9 AM - 4:30 PM
(or by appointment)