UC Natural Reserve System

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The UC 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.

The NRS Field Studies Program brings students from all general UC campuses together at NRS reserves to gain a deeper understanding of the natural world. Immersion for days or weeks in "classrooms without walls" allows students to study nature firsthand. Chances to practice field techniques and closely observe the environment are invaluable training for science research. NRS Field Studies courses bring textbook learning to life.