Like no other place on earthPhoto by: Paul Ruben



A one-of-a-kind field station for the study of Florida’s life, lands, and waters

Archbold's mission is to build and share the scientific knowledge needed to protect the life, lands, and waters of Florida, and beyond.

Gopher Tortoise DemographyPhoto Credit: Rebecca Tucker
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It’s a place where Gopher Tortoises, Florida Black Bears, and Florida Scrub-Jays live amid endangered lichens and shrubs.

Archbold Biological StationPhoto by: Carlton Ward, Jr.

Archbold’s footprint encompasses the ancient scrub habitats of the Lake Wales Ridge; the Avon Park Air Force Range Sentinel Landscape; the vast, open ranchlands of Central Florida; and the many waterways that flow south into Lake Okeechobee and then drain to the coasts, touching the lives of millions of Floridians.

These sites are the crucible for our innovative place-based science, conservation, and education programs. These draw from a long deep history dating back to our founding by Richard Archbold in 1941 

Fire, carbon, water, nutrient cycles: these are some of the elements that structure life in subtropical Florida at the most fundamental level. And these are also the processes that Archbold scientists have monitored for many unbroken decades, as part of their quest to better understand every facet of life within the Headwaters of the Everglades.

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Archbold studies and protects these natural wonders as ecosystems: as complex networks shaped by measurable natural processes.

Archbold’s scientists think big: engaging with the grand environmental challenges of our times, from climate change to sustainable food production. Archbold has spearheaded the successful conservation and management of Central Florida’s wild and working lands. Today, Archbold’s science also drives conservation action more broadly by providing long-term data and objective guidance to conservation organizations, land managers, government agencies, and decision-makers—in Florida, and around the world.

Buck Island Ranch HabitatsPhoto by Carlton C. Ward
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Archbold Biological Station

A world-class natural laboratory in the Headwaters of the Everglades

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Buck Island Ranch

Buck Island Ranch

A 10,500-acre cattle ranch where conservation ecology meets agricultural economics.

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Jim Layne with Richard Archbold

The History

Richard Archbold, a famed aviator and explorer, founded the Archbold Biological Station as an epicenter for scientific exploration and research. Richard Archbold, a famed aviator and explorer, founded the Station as an epicenter for science.

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Science Conservation Education

At Archbold, our cutting-edge science drives conservation action.

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Where we work

From ridge, to ranch, to river

Our dozens of research sites encompass the pristine sand dunes of the Lake Wales Ridge; the ranchlands and wetlands that make up much of Central Florida; and the rivers that flow south into Lake Okeechobee and beyond.

Close, rigorous scientific studies have been at the heart of Archbold’s programs since 1941. That year, the aviator and explorer Richard Archbold established a field research site devoted to the study of Florida’s life, lands, and waters. Since then, Archbold has become “one of America’s iconic centers of continuous research and education in field biology,”—as the famed biologist E.O. Wilson once described the field station.

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Today Archbold stewards a rich mosaic of natural habitats, native ecosystems, working lands, and historic buildings at Archbold Biological Station and Buck Island Ranch.

The Station and the Ranch serve as the place-based crucible for our innovative science, conservation, and education programs. These draw from a long, deep history, dating back from our beginnings, founded by Richard Archbold in 1941.

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Board of Directors, scientists and stewards, ranchers and conservationists, administration and operations

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