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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.

Summer Courses

The following courses will be held at Swanton Pacific Ranch during the summer of 2017.

Course Number Name Instructor Units Duration Dates
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

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