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UC Davis Natural Reserve System

UC Davis Natural Reserve System

The Barn
University of California, Davis
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616

(530) 754-7990
(530) 754-9141 Fax


Natural History Handbook of Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve

A class examines reptiles and amphibians found under a herp boards set out for research and instruction.

Instructional programs conducted in the environment emphasize education through direct observation. Such programs have a special impact upon students that cannot be achieved in the classroom. Field study is an important dimension of many disciplines, including, but not limited to botany, entomology, zoology, geology, geography, meteorology, archaelogy, paleontology, ecology, environmental planning, landscape architecture, wildlife management, public health, and even the arts. The reserves are open to any valid class regardless of university or departmental affiliation. The use of the reserves for photography by university-level classes or the composition of outdoor writing - two areas involving landscape interpretation and inspiration - are fully as valid as a natural science course.

On the UC Davis NRS Reserves, classes can be scheduled and carried out without disturbance. The reserve directors are happy to work with class instructors to arrange specific class requirements on the reserves.

For more information on classes at the UC Davis reserves, please go to the reserve website and/or contact the specific reserve's director.

For examples of some classes at the reserves, Click here.