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At the intersection of three phytogeographic regions, and adjacent to sixteen midriff islands, Bahía de los Ángeles is an ideal and inspirational location to conduct field research. The historic Vermilion Sea Field Station has been the base for many foundational studies in this exciting, rewarding, and rich natural environment. We offer dedicated space for research equipment, flexible scheduling, accommodations, and pricing. If you would like to utilize the field station as your home for studies in the area, please contact us at [email protected] to learn more about the possibilities for your work.
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Situated along the shores of the Gulf of California within the Bahía de los Ángeles Biosphere reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Vermilion Sea Field Station (VSFS) has hosted scientists, conservationists, educators, and students since the 1970’s. Bahía de los Ángeles is a sleepy little town unlike other crowded Mexican tourist destinations. It is primarily known for fishing and was formerly a mining town. It is authentic Mexico at its finest.
Most visitors to Bahía and VSI take the rare and special opportunity to embrace being “unplugged” and find they connect more deeply with the incredible local environment because of it. However, if totally disconnecting isn’t possible, there are a handful of internet cafes in town. There is no cell service in town, but there are usually pay phones available at the internet cafes.
Additionally, if on-site WiFi is needed for specific administrative or academic needs, arrangements can be made at the time of reservation. If you have a specific need you would like to discuss, please do not hesitate to reach out.
The Vermilion Sea Field Station is first and foremost a field facility for researchers and educators in the environmental sciences with rustic yet enjoyable accommodations. The field station is comprised of a central two story adobe and stone facility with 12 multi-purpose rooms, a large kitchen, in door shower and changing room, outdoor bucket-flush bathrooms and an additional family house.
Sleeping is typically dormitory style, with cots available for sleeping either inside the field station or outside under the stars.
Our team is committed to the wellbeing and safety of all program participants and to those of the Bahía de los Ángeles community. We are so grateful to continue our field programs and we strive to provide a safe environment for all participants, staff and our community members.
All participants in a Vermilion Sea Institute program in 2022 will need to provide proof of vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the start of the program. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding in helping us create a safe environment for all.
During this time of widespread pandemic, we are committed to using the best available science and resources to maintain our COVID-19 operations plan.
Please note that the information on this page is subject to change. If you have any urgent questions or concerns, please contact us at [email protected] or reach out to your trip leader directly.
As of January 2022, there has been no known transmission of COVID-19 at VSFS.
Since June 2020, VSFS has been running in-person courses, apprenticeships, and the Aventureros program, all in addition to hosting independent researchers and scholars. As of December 2021, we have had no known cases of COVID-19 transmission. We credit this success largely to our visitors, participants, and team members following the protocols outlined in our Safety Commitments and Participant Pledge. We are thankful to everyone for continuing to do their part to keep the field station COVID-free!