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Desert Studies Blog

Get the latest news and information from the Desert Studies Center and the CSU Desert Studies program. Read the Desert Studies Blog.

2018-19 Public Courses at the DSC

A variety of weekend courses at the DSC are open for public enrollment. Check out recent and upcoming offerings.

Support Desert Studies

Your gift to Desert Studies supports student access and research at the Desert Studies Center.

Volunteering at the DSC

Come enjoy the Desert Studies Center and surroundings while volunteering!

2020 Desert Symposium

Save the Dates for the annual Desert Symposium. Talks and posters spanning a variety of desert-related research topics presented over two days, followed by a two-day field trip to points of interest. Find out more!

Desert Studies Annual Report

View the latest annual report from the CSU Desert Studies Consortium

Desert Studies Blog

Desert Studies Blog

Get the latest news and information from

2018-19 Public Courses at the DSC

2018-19 Public Courses at the DSC

A variety of weekend courses at the

Support Desert Studies

Support Desert Studies

Your gift to Desert Studies supports student

Volunteering at the DSC

Volunteering at the DSC

Come enjoy the Desert Studies Center and

2020 Desert Symposium

2020 Desert Symposium

Save the Dates for the annual Desert

Desert Studies Annual Report

Desert Studies Annual Report

View the latest annual report from the

Welcome . . .

The Desert Studies Center (DSC) is a field station of the California State University, located within the Mojave National Preserve, at the oasis of Soda Springs (aka: Zzyzx).   The DSC is centrally located within a region of diverse geological, biological, and cultural resources, and provides support facilities for those engaged in research or academic field studies in a rich variety of disciplines.

Zzyzx Dust Cam

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About the Desert Studies Center

The Desert Studies Center provides the opportunity for individuals and groups to conduct research, receive instruction, and experience the desert environment. Established in 1976 under a cooperative agreement with the Bureau of Land Management, the Center is operated for the CSU by the California Desert Studies Consortium, an organization of seven southern California CSU campuses: Dominguez Hills, Fullerton, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Northridge, Pomona and San Bernardino. With the passage of the California Desert Protection Act of 1994, the Desert Studies Center was placed into the Mojave National Preserve, and the National Park Service became our federal partner with the signing of a new cooperative agreement.

The DSC facilities provide housing for up to 75 individuals in dormitory rooms, and two Research Residences (self-contained with kitchen and bath) are available for up to 5 individuals each. Meal service is available, as well as classroom, laboratory and library facilities.

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