Southwestern Research Station

Vision Statement

The Southwestern Research Station aspires to add to the existing diversity and strengths of the American Museum of Natural History by providing scientists and educators from the Museum and other institutions across the country and around the world the opportunity to participate in research, workshops, and classes in one of the most biologically rich environments in the United States. The Station seeks to face the challenges of the future by promoting knowledge and understanding of our ever changing world and by evolving to meet the current needs of individuals and groups that strive to conserve the world’s biodiversity – all through the benefits of an outdoor laboratory that enhances research and education.


Announcements and Job Postings


LODGING AVAILABLE for Birders, Hikers, and all Naturalists interested in exploring the vast diversity of the Chiricahua Mountains!

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Our weather station is up and running! Please click here for the local transect network page. This link offers access to all automated stations in the area, sans the uncompleted Bootlegger Saddle station. The Chiricahua Desert Museum station provides a weather photo of the mountain range that updates every 10 minutes during daytime hours.

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The Southwestern Research Station (SWRS) is a year-round field station under the direction of the American Museum of Natural History (New York, NY).

Visitors / Tours

As space permits, frequently in the spring and fall, occasionally in the summer, non-researcher guests may stay at the Station and enjoy outstanding scenery, a multitude of wildlife, and great hiking trails.


Scientists from the American Museum of Natural History and from other institutions across the country, and around the world conduct research at SWRS.


SWRS offers many advanced training courses for biology students and seasoned researchers. Workshops are also available for avid naturalists.

Interns / Volunteers

Volunteer positions are open each year at the American Museum of Natural History's Southwestern Research Station in Portal, Arizona. Programs exist for both student interns and naturalists interested in exploring the natural beauty of the Chiricahua Mountains.


Become a friend of the Southwestern Research Station! Two funds provide opportunities to support the Southwestern Research Center.