VSFS ~ History

The Vermilion Sea Field Station (VSFS) is one of the first buildings constructed in Bahía de Los Ángeles when it was first settled in the 1930's. The building first served as the headquarters for the gold and silver mining company in the region until the mining company stopped their operations in the middle of the 20th century.  Subsequently, the San Diego Natural History Museum utilized the old mining headquarters as the location for their early natural history research during the late 1950's and 1960's . In the early 1970's, the field station was taken over by Lane McDonald -- a college professor who sought to bring his students into the natural world a a means to learn about it.  As the site for his field classes marine biology, human ecology, and natural history. It has been used for that purpose ever since, developing a rich history as a home for various research and educational groups.

Lane encouraged his colleagues and former students to continue their field work and consequently, the VSFS has been used by numerous schools, groups, researchers and universities for environmental studies for over 40 years including world-renowned scientists, authors, and media figures. The Vermilion Sea Field Station has hosted such prestigious universities as Stanford, Colorado, Vanderbilt, and BIOLA. Throughout the past 60 years the field station has proved to be an ideal location for studying and investigating the amazing natural environment of the region and we look forward to another 60 great years while continually upgrading the scientific resources and maintaining the facility for all to use.

For more information about visiting the VSFS or about bringing a group of your own, email us at info@elcantodelatierra.org.mx and see our programs section. The corner stone to all our programming is to provide a safe, respectful, inclusive, and enriching experience to both our visitors and our community here in Bahía de Los Ángeles.