Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture


SFA Gardens

AzaleaGardenWithin historic Nacogdoches, Texas you will find the Gardens of Stephen F. Austin State University.  The SFA Mast ArboretumRuby M. Mize Azalea Garden, and Pineywoods Native Plant Center paint this East Texas campus with a range of bold beautiful blossoms and textures.

East Texas history, culture and natural beauty blend in colorful harmony to bring you over 10,000 native and adapted plant species.  Please join us in the Oldest Town in Texas to explore the sights, sounds and scents of the SFA Gardens throughout the year.

Walter C. Todd Agricultural Research Center


The Agriculture Research Center began in 1969, when 274.36 acres were purchased from Billy and Sophie Roberts. In 1983, 216 acres were added to the farm to bring the total to 490 acres. In 1989, the Swine and Poultry barns were built. In April of 1999, the farm was renamed the Walter C. Todd Beef Farm. In 2004, the farm was renamed the Walter C. Todd Agricultural Research Center. The face of the farm has changed drastically over the years, but the purpose has remained the same: To provide quality hands on instruction to undergraduate students, to provide a place to conduct graduate student driven research and to provide services to the local producers, FFA and 4-H members.

Soil, Plant, and Water Analysis Laboratory

The Soil, Plant & Water Analysis Laboratory at Stephen F. Austin was established in 1952 to meet the soil testing needs of the East Texas community. As time has progressed plant and water analyses were added.  The Lab also functions in support of the educational programs in the Agriculture Department and provides analytical services for for faculty and student involved in researchers in the department as as across campus. A variety of services are provided to meet the needs of growers and others involved with agriculture in the East Texas area and beyond.