Fort Ord Natural Reserve

Fast Facts

Administering Campus: UCSC
Established: 1996
Location: Monterey County, 6.5 km (4 mi.) north of downtown Monterey;
65 km (40 mi.) south of Santa Cruz.
245 Hectares (605 acres)
Elevation: 21 to 58 m (70 to 190 ft.)
Average Precipitation: 46 cm (18 in.) per year
Average Temperature: 15 ºC (59 ºF)

CSUMB students study at Fort Ord

Incorporated into the UC Natural Reserve system in June 1996, Fort Ord Natural Reserve was created from 600 acres of the former army base on the Monterey Peninsula. Fort Ord offers opportunities for students, scientists, and members of the general public to learn about rare species and habitats, land management, and conservation biology.