The University is a Trustee Agency with regard to sites within the Natural Reserve System (California Environmental Quality Act Guidelines, Section 15386 (d)). As one of only four designated Trustee Agencies, the University has a duty to steward Reserves to preserve their long-term integrity on behalf of the people of California. (14 CCR 15386).
Many of the UCSB Reserves sponsor programs that provide opportunities for the public to visit Reserves to experience the beauty of these amazing sites and learn about the natural world. Examples of public programs include docent-led hikes, lectures on a wide range of topics, nature-themed tours for adults, and K-12 environmental education classes.