Welcome to the CSU Desert Studies Center at Zzyzx
Visiting the DSC
Click here for information about visiting the DSC without a reservation.
Classes, researchers, and other groups are welcome to make a reservation for visits. Due to COVID-19, policies are continually changing for allowable groups, but we will accommodate requests as guidance allows.
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THE DSC IS GOING VIRTUAL
Educators! Looking for virtual teaching materials to give student field experiences? As a member of the Organization of Biological Field Stations , the DSC is helping to bring the field to you . The Virtual Field project provides:
A suite of videos from field stations giving students experience finding evidence of ecological and evolutionary concepts
Live events giving students opportunities to talk with researchers at their field sites.
All resources come with teaching guides .
WHAT IS ZZYZX?
The Desert Studies Center is built within the grounds of the Soda Springs Historic District. Soda Springs, in Chemehuevi territory, has been inhabited for thousands of years. Precious springs have always attracted visitors in the dry Mojave Desert.
Never a ghost town!
The DSC is a vibrant center for desert education, research, and appreciation. Staff of the DSC are always on site to keep the Center maintained and thriving.