The NRS is committed to public service on many levels. From elementary school field trips to courses on botanical illustration to scientific lecture series, reserves host a range of learning opportunities for the general public. As authorities on regional ecosystems, NRS personnel inform and improve wildland planning and management efforts. As stewards of thousands of acres of marine and terrestrial protected areas, reserves help ensure the continued health of state ecosystems. Finally, the NRS influences conservation and land management practices well beyond state borders by participating in a broad array of international biodiversity and training programs.
The NRS HOST (Hands On for School Teachers) Program, a pilot program that ran in the years 2000 and 2001, improved ecological education for hundreds of students from underprivileged high schools by training teachers in the field at NRS reserves.
The University is a Trustee Agency with regard to sites within the Natural Reserve System (California Environmental Quality Act Guidelines, Section 15386 (d)). As one of only four designated Trustee Agencies, the University has a duty to steward reserves to preserve their long-term integrity on behalf of the people of California. (14 CCR 15386).