Lab and Research Facilities

Student Resources

Natural Resources Science and Management research is enhanced by the availability of laboratories, greenhouses, and growth chambers located in Green Hall and other buildings on the University of Minnesota St. Paul campus, as well as by field facilities in northern Minnesota located at the Cloquet Forestry Center, the North Central Research and Outreach Center (Grand Rapids), and the Hubachek Wilderness Research Center (Ely). 

Green Hall

Green Hall on the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul Campus contains classrooms, a greenhouse, and laboratories for teaching and researching tree physiology, forest ecology, silviculture, forest genetics and molecular biology, hydrology and water quality, resource management, economics, policy, remote sensing, geographic information systems, recreation resource management, and urban forestry.


The University library system, one of the largest in the United States, contains approximately five million catalogued volumes as well as substantial holdings of government publications, manuscripts, archives, phonograph records, audio and video tapes, and other materials. The Twin Cities campus library system includes over 30 special subject libraries.

The St. Paul campus is served by the St. Paul Campus Magrath (Central) Library, which houses most of the University's agricultural and biological sciences collections.

The Natural Resources Library specializes in forestry, forest products, outdoor recreation, range management, remote sensing, zoology, aquaculture, conservation biology, bees and beekeeping, endangered animals, entomology, fisheries management, herpetology, ichthyology, mammalogy, non-human primatology, ornithology, animal taxonomy, and wildlife management.

Computer Labs & GIS

The College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences maintains a number of computer labs on campus. There are two computer labs that many NRSM students use in room 35 Skok Hall and 210A Green Hall. Numerous high performance workstations are associated with research projects in the college including those in the Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Laboratory. CFANS also maintains a Laptop Checkout program for short-term rentals of laptops.

Other Campus Buildings

Other buildings on the St. Paul Campus are home to classrooms, laboratories, and similar research facilities. Many NRSM students spend time in buildings such as Hodson Hall, Kaufert Laboratory, and Skok Hall.

Cloquet Forestry Center

The Cloquet Forestry Center is a 3,751-acre forest located 135 miles north of St. Paul that is used as a research, instruction, and demonstration site. The Center hosts field courses for undergraduate and graduate students. Currently, the Center is the base for several research projects conducted by NRSM students. Classrooms, conference rooms, laboratories, offices, a dining center, student housing, and related facilities are available.

North Central Research and Outreach Center

Faculty also conduct research at the University's North Central Research and Outreach Center in Grand Rapids.

USDA Forest Service - Northern Research Station

The Northern Research Station (NRS), the regional research facility of the USDA Forest Service, is headquartered on the Twin Cities campus in St. Paul. The close affiliation with and proximity to the NRS is an invaluable asset in the CFANS instructional and research programs. Students also benefit from the work opportunities and seminars provided by the NRS.

Close working relationships with federal, state, county, other agencies, and industry also facilitate a wide range of research sites and activities statewide. These relationships often provide students with valuable networking and future employment opportunities.

Minnesota Invasive Terrestrial Plants and Pests Center

The Minnesota Invasive Terrestrial Plants and Pests Center, established in 2015 by the Minnesota Legislature, aims to prevent and minimize the threats posed by terrestrial invasive plants, other weeds, pathogens, and pests in order to protect the Minnesota’s prairies, forests, wetlands, and agricultural resources. Many NRSM students are funded through research projects granted through the Center.