The Field Studies Program brings students from all general UC campuses together at NRS reserves to gain a deeper understanding of the natural world. Immersion for days or weeks in the state's ecosystems allows students to study nature firsthand. Chances to practice field techniques and closely observe the environment are invaluable training for science research. The NRS Field Studies Program brings textbook learning to life.
The NRS is often said to be a "classroom without walls." The description is apt; visits to NRS reserves are an integral part of the curriculum for more than 150 undergraduate courses across the UC system. Many other institutions of higher learning from California and beyond bring classes to NRS reserves as well.
One of the primary uses of NRS reserves is to host classes on topics ranging from ecology to botanical drawing, field methods to geology. Reserve lands and habitats are particularly valuable for teaching because the majority are protected from human disturbance and closed to the general public. To arrange to bring your class to a reserve, apply through our Reserve Application Management System (RAMS). Once your application has been approved by the reserve manager, you will be able to make reservations through the RAMS system for your group to visit on a given date and to use particular facilities.