Living Laboratories and Classrooms

The UC Natural Reserve System is a network of protected natural areas throughout California. Its 39 sites include more than 756,000 acres, making it the largest university-administered reserve system in the world. Most major state ecosystems are represented, from coastal tidepools to inland deserts, and lush wetlands to Sierra Nevada forests. The reserves also serve as a gateway to more than a million acres of public lands. Founded in 1965 to provide undisturbed environments for research, education, and public service, the Natural Reserve System contributes to the understanding and wise stewardship of the earth.

Research. Teach. Explore
The UC Natural Reserve System turns 50 in 2015. We're celebrating all year long with hikes, talks, and special events at a campus or reserve near you. Help us mark this momentous occasion by stopping by our information tables and attending our learning fairs. See for yourself how the NRS is training tomorrow's scientists and working to improve our understanding of the natural world.
NRS 50th Photo Album >>


Field Studies Program

The NRS Field Studies Program brings students from across the UC system to NRS reserves for immersion learning in classrooms without walls. Students will have the opportunity to study California habitats firsthand and gain a deeper understanding of the natural world.




Newsroom >>

NewsNew national monument for Northern California
Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument brings national recognition to the biological and geological treasures to a region that includes three UC NRS reserves. Read more >>


NewsInvisible Barn materializes
The NRS's Sagehen Creek Field Station now harbors a "folly" that melds nature, self, science, and art while disappearing into the trees. Read more >>


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