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UC Davis Natural Reserve System

UC Davis Natural Reserve System

UC Davis Natural Reserve System manages five of the 36 reserves that comprise the largest and most diverse set of university-owned and operated reserves in the world. These reserves include examples of nearly every major ecosystem in the state. They provide secure sites for research, instruction, and public outreach.[ More ]

Bodega Marine
Jepson Prairie
Quail Ridge


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NRS Capital Campaign: Protecting Nature and Supporting Science

The University of California Natural Reserve System is reinforcing its strengths for its next 50 years with a $50 million capital campaign. Donors are helping Natural Reserves across the state build new facilities and educational programs, as well as improve capacity for land stewardship. Contact Reserve System staff for more information about the kinds of projects we support.


Tom and Ginny Cahill

Creating an Environmental Legacy

With their gift to the Natural Reserve System, Tom and Ginny Cahill found a way to protect the land they love and support science. Two hundred spectacular acres of creekside and oak woodland habitat, along with an endowment to ensure responsible stewardship into the future, are the latest additions to the portfolio of the UC Davis Natural Reserve System. Read about the Cahills' gift here.

Juvenile California Tiger Salamander

Climate change threatens California wildflowers

UC Davis Professor Susan Harrison set out fifteen years ago to look at the effects of grazing and wildfire on native plants.  Instead, her observations have documented a disturbing decrease in diversity of native wildflowers as the climate has warmed and dried out.