Protects a critically important estuarine ecosystem that supports many sensitive plan and animal species.
Includes coastal dune and wetland ecosystems that provide critical habitat for migratory birds and threatened and endangered species.
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.
The largest of the Channel Islands and the site of important archaeological resources and many endemic plant and animal species including the island fox.
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.
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.
Part I: Valentine Eastern Sierra Reserve
The UC Santa Barbara NRS is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the University of California Natural Reserve System.
Our Living Laboratories - The UCSB Natural Reserve System Today