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New York City Urban Field Station

Directions to NYC UFS

The NYC Urban Field Station is located within Fort Totten Park in Bayside, Queens. Please use this map for directions to Fort Totten. (You may download a free pdf reader from Adobe.)

Comparing Ecosystems

Landscape photo of river and fall foliage on Black Rock Forest

Interested in comparing New York City ecology to a nearby rural forest site? The Black Rock Forest Consortium is a partner of the Urban Field Station and manages a research forest in the Hudson Highlands, about 50 miles north of New York City.


To minimize the risk of exposure of COVID-19, the NYC Urban Field Station is closed. NYC Parks is working with NYC Health and the City of New York to monitor and assess the situation. We will update this page with any further information.

Please contact UFS@parks.nyc.gov if you have any questions.


Applying to stay at the NYC Urban Field Station

[photo:]  Little Neck Bay The USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation jointly manage the New York City Urban Field Station (UFS) at Fort Totten in Queens, NYC. The UFS develops and applies adaptive management tools, technology transfer, and scientific research to improve human well-being and the natural environment in urban areas. It is a long-term research partnership to deepen understanding of urban ecosystems and strengthen urban natural resource stewardship.

There are two tracks for applying to stay at the UFS, depending on the length of the desired visit. 

  • Visiting Scholars/Scientists (3 nights to 2 weeks stay)

    Please submit a one paragraph description of your intended UFS use, specifying any equipment needs and how the proposed research contributes to the Urban Field Station’s overall goals at least 30 days prior to the desired stay. Please also describe how you heard about the Urban Field Station, whether from colleagues, listserv emails, or Google Search.

  • Resident Scholars/Scientists (2 weeks to 3 months stay)
    Please submit the Urban Field Station Proposal Form to the UFS Coordinator at UFS@parks.nyc.gov. In this form, applicants will need to specify their lab, equipment, office and other basic space requirements, in addition to information on project collaborators, funding, research goals and expected outcomes.


Applications will be considered on a quarterly basis:

Arrival Date

Application Deadline

March 1 – May 30

December 1st

June 1 – August 31

March 1st

September 1 – November 30

June 1st

December 1 – February 28

September 1st

Requests for short-term stays (visiting scholars) received after the deadline will be considered pending space availability. Preference will be given to researchers collaborating directly with NYC Parks or Forest Service scientists. All approved applicants will need to sign the residence agreement, and, if conducting research on NYC Department of Parks & Recreation property, apply for and obtain a research permit.  

If you have any further questions or would like assistance, please email UFS@parks.nyc.gov or call (718) 225-3061.

Mailing address for the NYC Urban Field Station is:
USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station
NYC Urban Field Station
431 Walter Reed Road
Fort Totten Cluster #2, Box #12
Bayside, NY 11359-1137