NRS 50th Anniversary Year Calendar

 Date  Event

April 16             

University of California, Merced

Enjoy a morning field trip to Merced Vernal Pools and Grassland Reserve and stay for lunch and afternoon speakers at the mini-symposium.

 April 18 

Cal Day
2063 Valley Life Sciences Building, University of California, Berkeley

Stop by the NRS table in Valley Life Sciences to touch natural treasures from reserves, meet reserve staff, and listen to talks from reserve scientists. Cal Day is open to the public and fun for everyone.

 April 18

Celebrate UCI
University of California, Irvine

Take part in Celebrate UCI with a visit to San Joaquin Marsh Reserve by participating in an Arboretum Open House and Marsh Tour.

April 22

Earth Day Lunch & Learn
University of California, Office of the President

Learn about potential future impacts of climate change with postdoctoral fellow Erin Riordan, who is modeling how shifts in environmental conditions will affect the ranges of plant species now found at reserves.

April 25

UCSC Alumni Weekend
University of California, Santa Cruz

Honor brilliant scientist, dedicated teacher, joyous free spirit, and founder of the NRS Kenneth S. Norris at the dedication of the UCSC Norris Center for Natural History. Ken’s son Dick Norris, professor of geosciences at UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of  Oceanography, will speak about his beloved father’s legacy. Register now.

Attend TEDxSantaCruz: Radical Collaborations, a series of 25 TED-style talks featuring Santa Cruz luminaries. Four are NRS-affiliated scientists and artists.  Barry Sinervo will describe using NRS reserves to study climate change impacts on California ecosystems; Dan Costa will discuss how seals outfitted with satellite tags are now collecting oceanography data; and eco-art pioneers Newton and Helen Mayer Harrison will describe using landscapes like that of the NRS’s Sagehen Creek Field Station to examine environmental stresses.

Take a hike through the Campus Natural Reserve with reserve staff. / EVENT FULL

 April 25-26

All Gaucho Reunion
University of California, Santa Barbara


Celebrate 50 years of the Natural Reserve System at the NRS exhibit at Taste of UCSB or register for a Gaucho Bird Walk at the NRS’s Coal Oil Point Reserve adjacent to campus.

May 18

NRS 50th Anniversary Even
University of California, San Diego

Enjoy an afternoon guided tour of Scripps Coastal Reserve and RSVP for the afternoon research talks at the  Scripps Institute of Oceanography. Contact Heather Henter for details and to RSVP.

Aug 11

Celebrate 50 years of the Natural Reserve System
University of California Office of the President

Join us for the fun-filled NRS Fair featuring food, music, exhibits and displays on the 5th floor patio. Chat with reserve managers, researchers, and students over gelato and don’t forget to enter the raffle to win a prize.

Oct 1 – 4

The NRS at 50
University of California, Santa Barbara

Thursday, Oct 1: Celebrate 50 years of teaching, research, and public service
Friday, Oct 2: Experience Our Living Laboratories
Saturday, Oct 3: Enjoy Photos in the Field – Nature Photography Using your Smart Phone
Sunday, Oct 4: Birding & Bagels at Carpinteria Salt Marsh

Oct 23 

NRS 50th Anniversary Event
University of California, Davis

The UC Davis NRS legacy and new directions: our place in the global research landscape. Guest speakers will include Barry Sinervo, UCSC Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and founder of the NRS-wide climate change study; Kim Stanley Robinson, American science fiction writer; and Peggy Fiedler, Director of the UC Natural Reserve System

 Nov 19                

UC NRS 50th Celebration
University of California, Los Angeles

Visit 158 Hershey Hall from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. to explore proposed research that will take place at Stunt Ranch Santa Monica Mountains Reserve and to learn more about amazing research opportunities available at the UCLA Natural Reserves.

More information and to RSVP can be found here.