University classes and workshops may use Station facilities.   High school classes and continuing education classes may also avail themselves of the Station’s facilities. 
Classes and Workshops include:
1. groups of participants that are in degree seeking programs, and/or
2. groups of participants that receive certification after completing the class or workshop.


Dorm accommodations are rooms with

2 - 3 single beds and a common use bathroom with shower.  When space is available, instructors or students may request private dorm accommodations.   

 All linens are supplied.  Dorm rooms do not have televisions or telephones (see below), but wireless internet is available.  A swimming pool is available for guest use (please bring a pool towel) and a common-use refrigerator. If you have been on the road prior to visiting the station, please stop and do laundry before arriving to the SWRS.  All common use washers and dryers are token operated. Tokens may be purchased in the office for $1.50 (one to wash and one to dry; laundry detergent is provided).








 Rooms with kitchenetts may also be requested if available.  Each room has a small frig, microwave, and coffee maker; two twins or one king, and a sofa bed that sleeps one adult or two small children.  Each room has a private bathroom. Click here for pictures of rooms.

 All rates for lodging include three meals each day. March through October, meals are served promptly at 7:30 am, 12:00 noon, and 6:00 pm. Guests eat family style in the dining room or at outside picnic tables. Vegetarian meals are available with advance notice.  Also, with 24-hour notice sack lunches can be provided. 
For hardy early-birds who would rather be birding at 7:30am, a self-serve cold breakfast of cereal and juice can be arranged the night before with the cook.  Early breakfast runs from 5:30 to 6:30 am.  You must be out of the dining room by 6:30 am so that the cook can set up the regular breakfast. 
The kitchen is closed between meals.
 For those not staying at the station, meals can be purchased in the dining hall (if we have room) with 24 hours advance notice.  Prices for meals are:  breakfast, $8.00, lunch, $10.00 and dinner $12.00.  Please call to inquire.  If the Station is full, it may not be possible to accommodate you.
Participants in Science Courses
Participants must be in a degree seeking program or receiving certification from the instructor.
Meal Fees are mandatory during the season 1 March – 31 October
  Lodging 1Station Fees Total Fee
Shared dorm
$58.00 $9.00 $67.00
Private dorm(If available)
$61.00 $9.00 $70.00
Instructor Only
Shared room with kitchenete
$58.00 $9.00 $67.00
Instructor Only
Private room with kitchenete (If available)
$81.00 $9.00 $90.00
$38.00 $9.00 $47.00
Station Fees include use of the labs, science facilities, and/or conference room; and internet.
A limited number of campers are allowed on station grounds; call to check on availability.  Campers must bring their own bath towels and sleeping linen.
Internet:  The labs are wired for internet and wireless is available in most station locations.  A computer room is available for those that do not bring their own laptops.  Internet is FREE with payment of lab fees 
A technical equipment laboratory houses the following specialized equipment:
*            Chemical Ventilation Hood
*            Percival Environmental Chambers
*            Phase Contrast Microscope
*            Microtome
*            Dissecting Microscopes for use by courses and researchers
*            Microscope Slide Warmer
*            Various cales and Balances
*            Three drying ovens
*            Wild M3Z Dissecting Scope with photographic tube
*            Intralux 6600 light source 
*            Fiber Optic Lights
*            Microhematocrit Centrifuge IEC B
*            Electrophoresis Unit
*            Water Bath
Check-in Times                     Check-Out Times
11:00 am for lunch arrival                               10:00 am for breakfast
4:00 pm for dinner arrival                                1:00 pm for lunch

Winter Rates, November through February.

Rates include lodging only. The SWRS dining hall is closed during the winter months. Cooking is only allowed in the Duplexes. A small frig and microwave are available in Triplex rooms.  


  Dorm Room Triplex Room Duplex Room
Single Occupancy $40.00 $65.00 $70.00
Each Additional Person $10.00 $10.00 $10.00
 Reservations for spring (March 1-June 15),  fall (Sept. 1-Oct. 31) and winter (Nov. 1-Feb. 28) can be made at any time; a $40 per adult deposit is required.  Deposits must be received within seven working days to guarantee reservations.  Cancellation policy $10 nonrefundable/person (30 days notice), $20 nonrefundable/person (less than 30 days), no refund less than 24 hours.  As the summer is our busiest research time, naturalist reservations are taken only one week in advance June 15-Aug. 31.  Reservations will be taken between 8:00 am-5:00 pm (MST) seven days a week at 520-558-2396 (winter months Monday-Friday) or email swrs@amnh.org
Other Useful Information
  • Personal and traveler's checks are accepted, as well as, Visa, Mastercard, and Discover credit cards.
  • Pets are not permitted. Please do not bring pets and expect to leave them in your car.
  • Arizona does not go on daylight savings time; during the winter and summer.
    We are on Mountain Standard Time (in the summer, this is the equivalent of
    Pacific Daylight Savings Time).
  • One phone is available in the computer room.  All calls are limited to 15 minutes. You must bring or purchase a calling card from the main office or gift shop to use the phone. You may want to arrange to have the person call you back to save money on your card.  Guests cannot be reached through the main Station number, 520-558-2396, except in real emergencies.  You are welcome to bring your laptop or use our computer room.
  • Many station guests are using Skype to communicate to family and friends.  You want to learn about that option before arriving to the station.
  • Driving time from Tucson is three hours. Click here for directions and a map.
  • Feel free to call for more information!  520-558-2396