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UC Davis Natural Reserve System

The Barn

Obscured by trees from most angles, The Barn is located near the center of campus. The main entrance to The Barn is on the north side of the building.


Campus Area map, with major roads and highways

Parking for visitors to The Barn is most convenient in Visitor Parking (VP) Lots 40, 47 or the West Parking Structure. VP The Watershed Sciences Building is also easily accessible from VP Lot 47.


Partial view of campus map showing the Barn

The Barn is located southwest of the Silo, east of Giedt Hall and north of Kemper Hall.

Visit the NRS

The main offices for the UC Davis Natural Reserve System are located in The Barn near the center of the UC Davis campus. The Barn is a historic horse barn southwest of the Silo, near Giedt and Kemper Halls.

Along with the the UC Davis Natural Reserve System, The Barn is the administrative office for the John Muir Institute of the Environment.

To visit the Reserves, please go to the individual sites for additional information on contacts and restrictions.

Directions for off campus visitors

Parking for visitors to The Barn is most convenient in Visitor Parking (VP) Lots 40, 47 or the West Parking Structure.

Exit Interstate 80 to follow Hwy 113 north toward Woodland. Take Hutchison Drive exit and turn right on Hutchison Drive (east bound).

West Parking Structure and VP 40: From east bound Hutchison Drive, continue straight past the LaRue stoplight to the West Parking Structure stoplight. Turn left at the light to enter the parking sturcture. Alternatively, continue straight through the light; at the first stop sign turn right into parking lot 41 and drive to the west end of the parking lot to Visitor Parking Lot 40.

VP 47: From east bound Hutchison Drive turn right at the first stoplight onto La Rue Road. Follow La Rue Road south and around the bend toward the east. Turn left into Visitor Parking Lot 47.

Short term parking (metered parking, 45 minutes or less) is available on Bioletti Way and in Parking Lot 43. On Hutchison Drive, pass straight through the stoplight at the West Parking Structure/Dairy Road and the stop sign at Kleiber Hall Drive/Parking Lot 41. Turn right at the second stop sign onto Bioletti Way -- metered spaces are on both sides of the road. Alternatively, proceed straight through the stop sign at Bioletti, and turn right into the second driveway, Parking Lot 41, just past the Surge IV building, before the Silo.

Visitor Parking Information

Parking permits cost $6.00 per day. A valid permit is required to park on campus Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. (September 15 to June 15) and 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (June 16 to September 14), and during special events where attendants are present. Parking is free on weekends and observed holidays unless special event parking is enforced.

Visitor Permits may be purchased from permit dispensing machines located at the entrances to VP Lots 1, 2, 5, 15, 17, 22, 24, 25, 30, 31, 35, 40, 45, 47, 47A, 49, 50, 53, 54, 55, 56 and 81; the North, West and South Entry Parking Structures; and Putah Creek Lodge for $6.00 each day. These permits are valid for the date purchased. The machines will accept quarters, $1 bills, $5 bills, Visa or MasterCard credit cards.

If you are driving a vehicle with state or federal plates ("E" plates, EXEMPT plates), you can park free in any Visitor, "A," or "C" lot -- but please avoid restricted areas, such as loading zones, medical patient parking, dean/vice-chancellor spaces and parking meters.

Parking meters are available to any motor vehicle for the time purchased by coin, not to exceed the length of time posted for the area. Meter feeding is prohibited.