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Published on Dec 16, 2015
Cal Poly's 3,800-acre Swanton Pacific Ranch represents one of the most ecologically-diverse, actively-managed, university-held properties found anywhere in the world. When Al Smith dedicated this ranch to Cal Poly, he knew this working ranch, an ecological hotspot for native plants and animals, including state and federally-listed species, would become a unique Learn by Doing living and learning laboratory for students of Cal Poly, forever.
We've just launched a capital campaign to support building the new Swanton Pacific Educational Center and Field Camp. The development proposal for the new facility was unanimously approved by the Santa Cruz County Planning Commission in March of this year. This milestone marks an achievement that began with the Al Smith vision for the property and his plan to develop an educational center. After his death and as educational programs at Swanton Pacific grew, the plan was built upon and refined over the past two decades by the hard work of Swanton staff and consultants. The new facility will increase housing for students and apprentices, increase instructional space and research space, and add a commercial kitchen and dining hall. The plan also includes a new water system developed around two new wells recently drilled near the Al Smith House. The approved plan builds upon previous work, such as installing high-speed internet connections, constructing the Orchard Pavilion at the Al Smith House, and repaving and widening the access road. Stay tuned!