BFS Locations

Main Laboratory
5838 State Hwy 80
Cooperstown, NY 13326
Phone: 607-547-8778
Fax: 607-547-5114


Lakeside Farm &
Upland Interpretive Center

7027 State Hwy 80
Springfield, NY
(physical address)

Thayer Boathouse
7016 State Hwy 80
Springfield, NY

Rum Hill
Thurston Hill Rd.
Springfield, NY


Goodyear Swamp Sanctuary
7290 State Hwy 80
Springfield, NY


Greenwoods Conservancy
824 Zachow Rd.
Hartwick, NY 13348


Upper Research Site
Averill Rd.
Cooperstown, NY




Field Trips


BFS LogoTake your students exploring on a BFS Field Trip!

Our field station’s most valuable resource may well be its location. Not only do we have Otsego Lake at our finger tips, but also several other unique sites for study. Our learning adventures in environmental education and agricultural environmental quality for K-12, college, and older students may involve one or more of the following sites:

Students enjoy hands-on activities in ecology, terrestrial and aquatic biology. They learn how people's activities impact the natural world and develop an appreciation for the unique environment that is an important part of the Cooperstown experience. Students explore the depths of lakes and ponds with scientific instruments, capture animals and collect plants for research, and learn about new advances in science that are changing the way we live, work and play. They see how land use and cover have changed over time from the influences of native americans, colonial subsistance farming, and modern agricultural practices, and how these activities impact aquatic resources. To inquire about scheduling a field trip, email

Administrative information (release/liability form, fee schedule) are here in .PDF, please drop us an e-mail us at if you have any questions.