UC Santa Barbara Natural Reserve System

  • 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.

UCSB Natural Reserve System Announces its Fall 2020 Virtual Seminar Series!

Join us every Thursday evening, October 8 - November 19, from 7 - 8 PM,  in this virtual tour of research highlights from across the state.


Our first featured speaker, Dr. Amy Gusick, of the Museum of Natural History of Los Angeles County, will present on October 8, discussing her research at Santa Cruz Island. Register for Dr. Gusick's talk HERE.  


COVID-19 Information for the UC Santa Barbara Natural Reserve System

UC Santa Barbara continues to monitor the global COVID-19 outbreak, and has provided guidance and ongoing updates. Please visit this page to find the latest information.