About the ESA

The Cheeseman Environmental Study Area is located next to the Kirsch Center for Environmental Studies on the southeast corner  of the De Anza campus. It's a lush natural garden containing some 400 species of plants representing 12 California natural communities. In addition to the native plant communities, there is a xeric native plant display at the entrance.

California's Biological Richness

California is a naturalist's paradise. Our state has hundreds of habitat types and plant communities, with more than 5,000 species of native plants. You can experience many of these special wonders with a walk through our 1.5 acre garden.

At least a third of California's native species are found naturally nowhere else on Earth. California's plants support nearly 1,000 vertebrate animals-fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. Among animals as a whole, including insects and other invertebrates, at least 50% of the species and subspecies are found only within our state. In short, we are very fortunate to live in such a biologically vibrant place!

Cheeseman ESA Facts

  • 1.5 acres
  • Over 400 species of native plants
  • Visited by several thousand students and community members per year
  • Free tours for school and community groups led by our skilled docents
  • Xeric plant display

12 Native Plant Communities

  • Freshwater marsh and pond
  • Coastal sand dunes
  • Coastal redwoods
  • Foothill woodland
  • Grassland
  • Conifers
  • Channel Islands
  • California desert
  • Coastal sage scrub
  • Chaparral
  • Riparian
  • Xeric display

Experience the ESA!

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Visit the ESA

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Cheeseman Environmental Study Area

Diana Martinez,
Cheeseman ESA Coordinator

Email:
martinezdiana@deanza.edu


Phone:
408.864.5446

Winter Hours
  • Monday - Thursday:
    9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

  • Friday:
    9 a.m.-1 p.m.
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