The Ada and Archibald MacLeish Field Station, a uniquely liberal arts field station, is a 250-acre patchwork of forest and pasture land in nearby Whately that provides opportunities for all members of the Smith community (students, faculty, staff, and alum) to pursue artistic inquiry, environmental research, outdoor education and low-impact recreation. Students are integral to the field station: they help steward the land, design programs for their peers and participate in making key decisions in the operation of the field station. The Bechtel Environmental classroom provides meeting and dry laboratory space for MacLeish users.
Take a Virtual Tour of MacLeish
See and learn about all the ways you can use the field station for work and for leisure! Let Paul Wetzel, Field Station Manager, be your guide!
A Field Guide to MacLeish
Scientific inquiry flourishes at MacLeish Field Station, where students, faculty, and community members explore the beautiful and diverse ecosystem of plants and animals.