• Carpinteria Salt Marsh

    Protects a critically important estuarine ecosystem that supports many sensitive plan and animal species.

  • Coal Oil Point

    Includes coastal dune and wetland ecosystems that provide critical habitat for migratory birds and threatened and endangered species.

  • K.S.N. Rancho Marino

    Has some of the most spectacular stretches of coast in central California and one of the few remnants of Monterey pine forest left in the state.

  • Santa Cruz Island

    The largest of the Channel Islands and the site of important archaeological resources and many endemic plant and animal species including the island fox.

  • Sedgwick

    Over nine square miles at the base of Figueroa Mt. encompassing a diverse array of geological features and a wide variety of vegetation types and wildlife.

  • Valentine Eastern Sierra

    Comprised of two reserves, the Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory and Valentine Reserve, with excellent facilities to support research and teaching throughout the region.

Welcome to the new website of the UC Santa Barbara Natural Reserve System (UCSB NRS) that represents seven reserves of the 39 that comprise the University of California Natural Reserve System.

The world-class UC Natural Reserve System is the largest organization of its kind anywhere and its 39 reserves encompass more than 750,000 acres across the state, one of the most physiographically diverse regions in the United States

UCSB’s seven reserves are living laboratories for scientific research, for undergraduate and graduate education and for public outreach including k-12 classes and opportunities for visitors to learn more about them.

If you would like more information about our seven reserves, click on the links to the right.


Stewards of Nature

UCSB's newspaper, The Current, is profiling each of UCSB's seven Natural Reserves.  Click the links below to see Parts I and II:

Part I:  Valentine Eastern Sierra Reserve

Part Ⅱ: K.S.N. Rancho Marino Reserve

UCSB's Celebrations for the 50th Anniversary of the UC Natural Reserve System

UCSB NRS 50th Anniversary Events

The UC Santa Barbara NRS is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the University of California Natural Reserve System.

Poster Sessions

Our Living Laboratories - The UCSB Natural Reserve System Today

more events