Trans-California Pathway Project

The Vision

Visitors to the California State University, Stanislaus are immediately struck by the gorgeous setting – 228 acres of mature trees, landscaped grounds, striking water features and the like. A closer look reveals another aspect of campus, one that grew – literally – from the vision of beloved CSU Stanislaus professor, Dr. Wayne Pierce.

First envisioned as a means of illustrating the native plant communities that historically existed along a transect from the Central Valley to the High Sierra, the Trans-California Pathway – which is inching ever closer toward completion – will be used by Biology classes as an outdoor laboratory and source of material, serve as an educational attraction that can be used not only by our own students, but by the community as a whole, and will offer a valuable field trip destination for young students.

It is hoped that university students and the public will use the pathway as an enjoyable venue for outdoor recreation. The pathway will enhance the use of the campus by the public for walking, bicycling, bird watching, and other types of leisure activities. Interpretive signs will add an educational dimension to an already pleasant experience.

Take a few moments to explore the Web site and learn more about the Trans-California Pathway and how you can help to fulfill Dr. Pierce’s vision.