UC Davis Natural Reserve System
The five reserves of the UC Davis Natural Reserve System showcase some of the most classic landscapes in northern California. They range from rocky Pacific tidepools to Central Valley vernal pools, and from a former gold mine being replanted in native species to a beloved public hiking route.
Bodega Marine Reserve
A microcosm of California’s rich coastal ecosystems, Bodega Marine Reserve features rocky tidepools, sandy beach, dune, coastal prairie, and a major marine laboratory on site.
Jepson Prairie Reserve
One of the largest collections of natural vernal pools remaining in California, Jepson Prairie Reserve is a haven for many endangered plants and animals. Public tours acquaint hundreds of people each year with this uniquely Californian habitat.
Lassen Field Station
Earth’s subterranean pulse runs strong beneath Lassen Volcanic National Park. Looming over the landscape is Lassen Peak, the world’s largest plug volcano.
McLaughlin Natural Reserve
The serpentine soils of McLaughlin Natural Reserve, a former gold mine, support unusually intact communities of plants found only in California. An extensive habitat restoration project grows native plants from seed to replenish native species throughout the reserve.
Quail Ridge Reserve
A peninsula jutting into the waters of Lake Berryessa, Quail Ridge has extensive stands of native grasses and serves as a test bed for automated animal tracking technologies.
Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve
Located near UC Davis, Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve serves as a resource for scientists who study native Coast Range fauna and flora while remaining open to the public for day hikes.