COVID-19 Information for the UCSB Natural Reserve System

Last updated: March 18, 2021

March 18, 2021 - UCSB Natural Reserve System Now Open to University-Level Classes

The 7 Reserves of the UCSB NRS are now open to hosting university-level classes. Please see the UCSB NRS Class Use Plan and the UCSB NRS Class COVID-19 Safety Planning Form for more information. 

June 24, 2020 - UCSB Natural Reserve System open to critical and/or time-sensitive research activities

In alignment with UCSB campus COVID-19 research ramp-up protocols, and strict safety requirements following CDC guidelines, only critical and/or time-sensitive research activities at UCSB Natural Reserve System sites will begin in late June 2020. Please see the UCSB Research Ramp Up Plan and the UCSB NRS COVID-19 Reserve User Checklist for more information.

June 18, 2020 - Research Ramp - Up at UCSB 

With strict safety protocols and modifications, UCSB on-campus research operations gradually resume after COVID-19 cessation. The overall plan, guidelines and educational materials the Office of Research is providing to researchers for this resumption are the culmination of a months-long effort. Read about it HERE

April 7, 2020 - UCSB Student Tests Positive for COVID-19

UCSB campus health experts also are now recommending face coverings for people who come to campus to perform essential university functions.

April 2, 2020 - A message from UC President Napolitano and the Ten Chancellors

A UC-Wide announcement that there will be no COVID-19 related layoffs for all career employees through the fiscal year ending on June 30, 2020.

March 22, 2020 -A Message from the UCSB Natural Reserve System

From the team at the UCSB Natural Reserve System, to our friends and supporters. 

March 20, 2020 - UCSB Natural Reserve System closed to Academic and Public Use

Under the Governor Newsom's issue of a statewide stay-at-home order, all UCSB NRS sites are closed to academic and public use. Only essential research and critical maintenance activities are continuing. 

March 19, 2020 - Statewide Stay-at-Home Order Issued - UCSB Update from Chancellor Yang

Governor Gavin Newsom and the California State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health issued an order directing all residents of California to stay at home or their place of residence effective immediately and until further notice. 

March 18, 2020 - UC Santa Barbara Shutdown of All On-Campus Research

Through consultation with Deans, faculty, and leaders across campus, the UC Santa Barbara Office of Research have determined that a campus-wide UCSB Research Facilities shutdown shall occur, with all research activities to cease entirely by noon Friday, March 20, 2020. Read about this action HERE


March 16, 2020 - UCSB Natural Reserve System closed to all public use

As a precautionary measure related to COVID-19, all 7 sites of the UCSB Natural Reserve System will be closed to the general public effective Monday, March 16. This includes all tours, events, activities, classes and buildings. All public events and tours are cancelled or postponed through the Spring Quarter (June 12). 


March 16, 2020 - UCSB Ramping Down On-Campus Research - Message from Vice Chancellor of Research Incandela

UCSB will reduce research activity to avoid further community transmission of COVID-19. Please access the guidance from the UCSB Office of Research HERE. If you may be affected by this guidance, please reach out directly to the relevant Reserve Director (contact information provided here) to cancel or arrange for alternatives.


March 13, 2020 - UC Santa Barbara Natural Reserve System Announces New Reserve Use Policy in Response to COVID-19

The UCSB Natural Reserve System communicated new policy regarding Reserve use in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. That policy is accessible here. Please note that use of UCSB Natural Reserve System sites will be restricted.

As of March 13, no cases of COVID-19 have been reported on the UC Santa Barbara campus or in Santa Barbara County. 

However, in an effort to minimize the risk of exposure in our community, the campus will be transitioning to remote instruction for the remainder of Winter Quarter and the start of Spring Quarter, through the end of April at the earliest. The campus will remain open and operational, including Housing, Dining & Auxiliary Enterprises, which will continue normal operations. Additional information regarding this transition can be found at the UC Santa Barbara COVID-19 Information Page in Chancellor Yang's March 10 memo to the campus community and his March 12 COVID-19 Response Update.


Additional Information about COVID-19

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) COVID-19 Web Page

COVID-19 Information for the UC Santa Barbara Campus

UC Office of the President Coronavirus Web Page

Cottage Health Clinical Update on COVID-19 and SARS-CoV2 - March 20, 2020