Younger Lagoon Natural Reserve

Fast Facts

Administering Campus: UCSC
Incorporated into UCNRS: 1986
Location: Santa Cruz County, 7 km (4.5 mi) from main Santa Cruz campus in Westside Santa Cruz; adjacent to the UC Santa Cruz Long Marine Laboratory
29 hectares (72 acres)
Elevation: 0 to 15 m (50 ft.)
Average Precipitation: 62 cm (24 in.) per year
Average Temperature: Winter: 12ºC (54ºF) Summer: 15ºC (59ºF)

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Lagoon monitoring in Younger lagoon Reserve

One of the few relatively undisturbed wetlands remaining on the California Central Coast, the Younger Lagoon Reserve encompasses a remnant Y-shaped lagoon on the open coast just north of Monterey Bay. The lagoon system provides protected habitat for 100 resident and migratory bird species. Reserve habitats include salt and freshwater marsh, coastal strand, backdune pickleweed flat, steep bluffs with dense coastal scrub, pocket beach, grassland, and dense willow thickets.


Land Acknowledgement

“The land on which we gather is the unceded territory of the Awaswas-speaking Uypi Tribe. The Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, comprised of the descendants of indigenous people taken to missions Santa Cruz and San Juan Bautista during Spanish colonization of the Central Coast, is today working hard to restore traditional stewardship practices on these lands and heal from historical trauma.”