Kirsch Center

Cheeseman Environmental Study Area

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The Cheeseman ESA, located next to the Kirsch Center for Environmental Studies on the southeast corner of campus, is a lush natural garden containing some 400 species of plants representing 12 California natural communities. In addition to the native plant communities, there is a xeric native plant display at the entrance.

California is a naturalist's paradise.  Our state has hundreds of habitat types and plant communities, with more than 5,000 species of native plants. You can experience many of these special wonders with a walk through our 1.5 acre garden.

At least a third of California's native species are found naturally nowhere else on Earth. California's plants support nearly 1,000 vertebrate animals-fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.  Among animals as a whole, including insects and other invertebrates, at least 50% of the species and subspecies are found only within our state.  In short, we are very fortunate to live in such a biologically vibrant place!

  • 1.5 acres
  • Over 400 species of native plants
  • Visited by several thousand students and community members per year
  • Free tours for school and community groups led by our skilled docents
  • Xeric plant display
  • PoppiesFreshwater Marsh and Pond
  • Coastal Sand Dunes
  • Coastal Redwoods
  • Foothill Woodland
  • Grassland
  • Conifers
  • Channel Islands
  • California Desert
  • Coastal Sage Scrub
  • Chaparral
  • Riparian
  • Xeric Display


Environmental Studies
Building: Kirsch Center
Contact: Dianna Martinez
Office: KC 228 sizeplaceholder

Last Updated: 4/23/10