Urban Field Station

Urban Field Station

738 N 5th Avenue, #101, Tucson, AZ 85705

Ironwood Tree Experience’s- Urban Field Station (UFS) is located downtown with an open interior landscape that serves as a lively, fun, and unique venue for ITE operations and programs. The UFS is a launch pad for outdoor exploration, adventure and action in the ecological and human communities within Sonoran Desert Ecosystem. Projecting expansiveness, creativity, growth and opportunities, the UFS welcomes youth, staff, professional colleagues and supporters into a vibrant arena that lays bare diverse resources that excite and inspire.

Modeled from Biological Field Stations found across the planet, these field stations provide,”invaluable services to local communities…” and, “vary greatly in size from a few urban acres to thousands of acres spread across a remote landscape.” They serve the welfare of the people and places they exist by “advancing our understanding of the Earth by supporting research, teaching, and public education.”

         -Organization for Biological Field Stations

UFS provides a dynamic geographic destination outside of school and home where learning through experiences and interaction with peers and community members are always available.

Please come by and visit us!


  • IMG_1904 One of the first elements of the station "welcome!"
  • IMG_2007 Ask the experts. Youth design charrette provides concepts that make the UFS a place young people feel welcomed!
  • Screen Shot 2014-04-17 at 10.21.37 PM Youth experts tell us their interests and needs
  • IMG_2097 Spray paint artist, Rock Martinez, shares his vision of the Sea of Cortez
  • IMG_1992 ITE Field Leader, Matt Clark, and ITE friend and supporter, Barron Orr, at UFS open house.