Living Laboratories and Classrooms
The University of California Natural Reserve System is a network of protected natural areas throughout California. Its 39 sites include more than 756,000 acres, making it the largest university-administered reserve system in the world. Most major state ecosystems are represented, from coastal tidepools to inland deserts, and lush wetlands to Sierra Nevada forests. The reserves also serve as a gateway to more than a million acres of public lands. Founded in 1965 to provide undisturbed environments for research, education, and public service, the Natural Reserve System contributes to the understanding and wise stewardship of the earth.
Working under the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, The University of California Natural Reserve System (NRS) delegates day-to-day management of its reserves to the campuses. UC Santa Cruz now has four active NRS reserves and a Campus Natural Reserve that is not part of NRS.