Facilities for ecosystem research, learning, and outreach.

The 95,000-square-foot Forest Resources Building is our departmental home. Additional labs and offices are located in the Agricultural Sciences and Industries Building and the Forest Resources Laboratory. Our facilities also include the Land Analysis Lab, Forestland Management Office, Soil Research Cluster Laboratory, Center for Private Forests, Schatz Center for Tree Molecular Genetics, and more.

Land Analysis Laboratory

A research, extension, and teaching facility specializing in the use of GIS and related advanced information system technologies for environmental assessment, agriculture, and land management and planning.

Forestland Management Office

Responsible for the more than 8,000 acres of forest owned by Penn State. These lands are used for teaching, research, recreation, and as a renewable resource for timber and other forest products.

Center for Private Forests

Focuses on applied research, education, and outreach to students, forest landowners, the forest-products industry, loggers, conservation districts, agencies, land trusts, nongovernmental organizations, and the public.

Schatz Center for Tree Molecular Genetics

Engages in research and training in forest genetics related projects in the areas of genomics, conservation genetics, and biotechnology. State-of-the-art facilities provide the capacity for high throughput DNA and RNA sequencing, genotyping, plant tissue culture, and fluorescence microscopy.

Soil Research Cluster Laboratory

A multi-user analytical laboratory that provides common and cutting-edge analytical instrumentation in the areas of soil chemistry and biochemistry, soil fertility and nutrient cycling, soil physics, pedology, and hydropedology.

PA Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

One of 40 Fish and Wildlife Research Units associated with land-grant universities across the country, this unit conducts interdisciplinary applied and basic research in fish and wildlife management and contributes to graduate education

The Arboretum

This 370-acre site includes woodlands, trails, and the H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens, which comprises seven acres of specialty gardens, including a children’s garden and (in 2021) a pollinator and bird garden. The Arboretum is a popular retreat and a resource for many courses.

Bird and Mammal Collection

The Bird and Mammal Collection, which houses approximately 2,045 mammals and 1,844 birds, is used for research, teaching, and outreach.

Penn State Fish Museum and Ichthyological Collection

The Ichthyology collection at Penn State includes more than a million fishes. While the Museum holds many types of fishes from across the world, the ichthyological collection concentrates on freshwater fish from the mid-Atlantic United States.

The American Chestnut Foundation

This non-profit organization is dedicated to restoring the American chestnut (Castanea dentata) tree to its native forests.

Department of Ecosystem Science and Management


117 Forest Resources Building
University Park, PA 16802