• 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 41 reserves encompass more than 800,000 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.


2019 California Ecology and Conservation Program Announced!

The UC Natural Reserve System is accepting applications for the 2019 California Ecology and Conservation Program. The program brings together undergraduate students from across the UC system for seven weeks of intensive learning at NRS reserves. Click here for more information. 

Henry W. Offen Intern Selected!

Click here to read all about the 2018 Offen Intern, Jonathan Cloughesy. 

NRS on the Radio

Hear UCSB NRS Reserve Directors live on "Voices of Santa Barbara" AM 1290 with host Steve Forsell!

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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