Housing & Boat Use

If you need housing at PIE, please check housing availability on the PIE housing calendar and complete the housing and boat request form and return to piefacilities@mbl.edu. For more information on housing, see Housing & Boat Use.


The Rowley House has 2 bedrooms with 4 beds each (typically 1 room is for men and 1 is for women), a kitchen, 2 bathrooms, living area and small basement that can be used short term for some lab needs. There is also a small boat dock on the premises.

At the Marshview field station there are two adjoining houses, each with three bedrooms, a kitchen, full baths, and living space. The facility can house up to 13 individuals. There are two laboratory spaces equipped with sinks, counter space, and short-term refrigerator and freezer storage. Behind the barn there is an enclosed garage bay that can be used for short-term storage of field equipment and supplies, although there is no electricity. The Marshview facility is designed to meet the needs of both summer-long residents and shorter-term researchers. While the primary purpose of the facility is to support scientific research, it is important to remember that it is also a temporary home for summer field researchers.

Bedrooms at both Marshview and Rowley are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. There are no single rooms. We ask short-term users to share rooms with each other before sharing with other long-term users. For stays longer than 2 weeks check with the LTER office (piefacilities@mbl.edu). There is restricted use of PIE LTER facilities during Covid-19.

Visitors must provide their own sheets, linens and towels. There is a washer and dryer in the upstairs bathroom of the “front house” at Marshview. As is true for any communal living situation, please be respectful of each other’s personal possessions, privacy and need for quiet.

Please be aware that the houses and lab will have heavy use most days, even if no one is staying overnight. If you plan to use the facilities, please read the Field Station Guide. You are encouraged to contact anyone signed up on the days you plan to be at the house to coordinate use of lab space, equipment, boats and housing space.

Marshview Farm, 297 Newburyport Turnpike, Newbury, MA 01951 978-465-4127
Rowley Field House, 95 Railroad Avenue, Rowley, MA 01969 978-948-5016



Boat use REQUIRES a Boating Safety check out. Boats available include the Growler (18' MariTime Skiff with 90HP Honda - requires prior approval from LTER) and Stein (16' Tracker Jon boat with 25HP Mercury). Use of the Stein can not conflict with PIE-LTER use. Users are REQUIRED to contact piefacilities@mbl.edu for facility availability and permission to use boats.

For emergency information please see Emergency Instructions.


At Marshview, please park vehicles in the parking area south of the barn. At the Rowley House, only 2 field vehicles are allowed to park at the house. If your project has 2 or more vehicles, park behind each other (front to rear) in the lot at the garage, pull all the way into the lot to accomplish this. Please leave 2 open spaces at garage lot for co-dock/home owner Neil Levine. Parking is also available up the road at the train station, ~$4.00/day.