345 Middlefield Road
Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA
USGS Employee Information Line: 1-800-223-8081 (Option 1) or 650-329-5555
Hours of operation: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m
This self-guided tour introduces you to the Western Region Center and the scientific research conducted here. The tour is most appropriate for a group of 6 or less and for students age 10 and older. Guided tours for larger groups may be arranged by calling the Earth Science Information Center at 650-329-4390. Every stop on this tour is wheelchair accessible, either by elevator or by ramp. For any other special needs, please call the number above.
Beginning and ending in Building 3 (see map in center of booklet), your tour should take approximately one hour. Exhibits are located in the halls and lobbies of Buildings 1 and 3 and are available for viewing weekdays (except national holidays) between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Please do not enter buildings that are not designated as part of the tour; these offices and laboratories do not contain exhibits.
Picnic tables are available for your use, and sandwiches, snacks, and drinks may be purchased in the snack bar located at the south end of Building 20. Restrooms, including those with wheelchair accessibility, are available and well marked in the buildings designated for the tour.
The tour includes 14 stops, which are shown on the map. Directional signs are posted along the tour route. Many of the trees, shrubs, and rock specimens along your walk and elsewhere on the grounds are labeled. Icons in this booklet provide a generalized identification key to features on this tour:
- Building tours
- Trees and shrubs
- Rocks and minerals