The UMass Boston Nantucket Field Station is located on the island of Nantucket, which is 26 miles from the Massachusetts mainland and accessible only by boat or air.  We are located approximately 4.4 miles from the Steamship Authority Dock in downtown Nantucket.

map of nantucketNantucket is one of the most interesting places in North America and the only place that is a county, a town and an island. Islanders call the mainland "America" and it only takes a visit of a few days to understand why.

The field station is open year round and hosts scientists, students of all ages, and various groups. Free visitor parking is available at the visitor lot, which is the first lot you will come upon, on the right about 1/8 down the dirt road as you enter the property by an information kiosk. A second parking lot is on the left across from the Laboratory and reserved for official station use.


9 a.m.– 7 p.m. in the spring summer
9 a.m.– 5 p.m. in the fall and winter


  • Please sign in at the Visitor sign in sheet by the parking lot next to the lab.
  • Dogs are allowed on a leash and pooper scooper supplies and a trash bin are provided by the sign in area. Please pick up all trash. Food is allowed on the property, but picnic tables are not provided. Benches are located in various spots around the property.
  • Two Geocaches on the Property
  • Beach access for people on foot including families and strollers
  • No public bathroom.
  • Please respect private areas such as the residences, classroom, and laboratory.
  • Please do not disturb scientific equipment and field sites situated throughout the property.
  • No hunting is allowed.
  • Only low impact use allowed (no mountain bikes, horses, all terrain vehicles, go carts, or other vehicles.
  • Paths are mowed; be careful of poison ivy and deer ticks, both are common on Nantucket.
  • Housing requests are limited to people actively involved in science, academic courses, or community outreach within the NFS mission.

Nantucket Field Station

180 Polpis Road
Nantucket, MA 02554 USA

Giving to UMass Boston

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