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Al Smith House impacted by CZU Lightning Complex Fire at Swanton Pacific Ranch

Support Swanton Pacific Ranch Recovery

The CZU Lightning Complex fires swept through Cal Poly’s Swanton Pacific Ranch on Aug. 19 and 20, destroying much of the ranch and its structures. Read more about the latest recovery efforts and how to donate.

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About the ranch

Welcome

The history behind Cal Poly's Living Laboratory

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forestry

Forestry

Students work alongside professionals during forest inventory.

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livestock

Livestock

Students gain hands-on livestock handling skills and experience life on a working ranch.

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crops

Crops

From row crops to apple orchards, students have the opportunity to fine-tune their green thumb.

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interships

Internships

Lessons learned and lives changed through internship programs.

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timber crew

Field Trips & Short Courses

Classroom learning brought to life.

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Scotts Creek

Projects & Research

Research skills are learned and applied as students collect data in Scott's Creek.

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Swanton Pacific Rail Road Society

Swanton Pacific Rail Road Society

Cal Poly's live steam railroad!

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Learning

INTERNSHIPS
Gain Hands-on skills


FIELD TRIPS
A living laboratory


WORKSHOPS & TRAINING
Open to the public


PROJECTS & RESEARCH
Applied learning

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Support SPR

Al Smith mission support the ranch

How You Can Help

Operations

  • forestry

    FORESTRY

    Advanced timber management skills.

  • livestock

    LIVESTOCK

    Learn range and livestock management.

  • crops

    CROPS

    Gain experience in organic crop production

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SPR Products

Grass-fed Beef

upick

Our Products

News & Events

Post Fire Updates
Blog posts with news about Ranch recovery


Organic U-Pick Apple Orchard...
CLOSED due to CZU Lightning Complex Fire devastation.
Posted September 4, 2020


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