Sedgwick Reserve landscape
researcher banding frogs
Sanzt Cruz Island

Natural Reserve System (NRS)

Now celebrating its 50th anniversary (1965-2015), the University of California’s Natural Reserve System ( was established to contribute to the understanding and wise management of the Earth, and in response to the disruption and loss of field sites for University educators and researchers. Since 1965 39 sites have been designated that broadly represent California’s rich ecological diversity.

This system of living laboratories and outdoor classrooms is available for research and teaching, and includes seven reserves that are managed and administered by UC Santa Barbara, (