Natural Reserve System

The University of California manages 39 natural reserves covering more than 700,000 acres--the largest network of university-run field stations in the world--through the UC Natural Reserve System. UCSB manages seven of these reserves: Carpinteria Salt Marsh Reserve, Coal Oil Point Natural Reserve, Kenneth S. Norris Rancho Marino Reserve, Santa Cruz Island Reserve, Sedgwick Ranch Reserve, and Valentine Eastern Sierra Reserve including the Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory.

Carpinteria Salt Marsh

Carpinteria Salt Marsh

Protects a critically important estuarine ecosystem that supports many sensitive plant and animal species.

Carpinteria Salt Marsh

Coal Oil Point Reserve

Coal Oil Point

Includes coastal dune and wetland ecosystems that provide critical habitat for migratory birds and threatened and endangered species.

Coal Oil Point Reserve

KSN Rancho Marino

KSN 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.

KSN Rancho Marino Reserve

Santa Cruz Island Reserve

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.

Santa Cruz Island Reserve

Sedgwick

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.

Sedgwick Reserve

Valentine Eastern Sierra Reserve

Valentine Eastern Sierra Reserve

Comprised of two reserves, the Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory and Valentine Reserve, with excellent facilities to support research and teaching throughout the region.

Valentine Eastern Sierra Reserve