• 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.


Now accepting applications for the Spring 2018 California Ecology and Conservation field course 

Click here to apply!

2018 Valentine Eastern Sierra Reserves Graduate Student Research Grant

Apply now to conduct your thesis research at SNARL or Valentine Camp this year! Applications due March 5, 2018. 
Click here to learn more about VESR. 

Hiding in Plain Sight - Ever wonder what happens at the Carpinteria Salt Marsh?

UCSB's Newspaper issues latest NRS profile featuring the Carpinteria Salt Marsh Reserve. Click here for a dreamy look inside!

Stewards of Nature

UCSB's newspaper, The Current, is profiling each of UCSB's seven Natural Reserves.  Click the links below to see the complete series:

Part I:  Valentine Eastern Sierra Reserve

Part Ⅱ:  K.S.N. Rancho Marino Reserve

Part III:  Sedgwick Reserve

Part IV: Carpinteria Salt Marsh Reserve

Part V: Santa Cruz Island Reserve

Part VI: Coal Oil Point Reserve

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