Four UC undergraduates have been awarded the UC Natural Reserve System’s first Field Science Fellowships. The fellowship is intended to enable these highly motivated students to concentrate full time on their field science research for an entire summer with the guidance of a UC faculty mentor. “The fellowship applications we received were truly stellar,” says […]
Reserve Operations and COVID-19
During the unprecedented public health crisis posed by the spread of COVID-19, the UC Natural Reserve System supports the cancellation of any reservation to protect the health and safety of the visitors and staff. Reserve visitation remains the authority of respective campus NRS and reserve staff. Reserves are empowered to make the determination to cancel reservations as needed on a case-by-case basis. COVID-19 Information for UC employees provides guidance for all University of California operations. We consider the well being of our community to be paramount, and enjoin all staff and visitors to continue our exemplary 55-year record of service and safety. Some reserves are closed to use or visitation due to the coronavirus outbreak.
UC Natural Reserve System
The UC Natural Reserve System is a library of ecosystems throughout California. Most of the state’s major habitat types are represented, from coastal tidepools to inland deserts, and lush wetlands to redwood forests. No other network of field sites can match its size, scope, and ecological diversity. The NRS offers outdoor laboratories to field scientists, classrooms without walls for students, and nature’s inspiration to all.
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News and Highlights
By Kat Kerlin, UC Davis A parasite known only to be hosted in North America by the Virginia opossum is infecting sea otters along the West Coast. A study from the University of California, Davis, elucidates the sometimes surprising and complex pathways infectious pathogens can move from land to sea to sea otter. For the […]
May 19, 2015 was a dark day at Coal Oil Point Natural Reserve in Santa Barbara. That morning, a rusty underground pipeline a dozen miles up the coast began spewing 120,000 gallons of oil into the Pacific Ocean. Much of it drifted ashore, where beaches, where it coated birds, marine mammals, shorelines, and subtidal habitats […]
Plan your visit to the NRS
Access to NRS reserves is by permission only. Reserves are available for teaching, research, and public service, but not general recreation.