The mission of the Natural Reserve System is to contribute to the understanding and wise stewardship of the Earth and its natural systems by supporting university-level teaching, research, and public service at protected natural areas throughout California.
The Natural Reserve System is a University-wide program. Each of its reserves is managed by one of the nine general UC campuses. The Systemwide Office of the NRS is based at the UC Office of the President. The NRS is part of the Research and Innovation unit of the division of Academic Affairs.