Mission Statement

The mission of the Natural Reserve System is to contribute to the understanding and wise stewardship of the Earth and its natural systems by supporting university-level teaching, research, and public service at protected natural areas throughout California.


The Natural Reserve System at UC Riverside

The University of California maintains more than thirty Natural Reserves distributed throughout the state. The establishment of the system-wide UC Natural Reserve System was due in large part to the efforts in the 1940s and 1950s of Professors Ken Norris of UCLA and UC Santa Cruz and Wilbur Mayhew of UC Riverside, along with many others, who became concerned with the ever-increasing vandalism and disappearance of their field sites for research and teaching. 



The Reserves

Boyd Deep Canyon Desert Research Center

Philip L. Boyd Deep Canyon Desert Research Center

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Box Springs Mountain (c) Mark Chapell

Box Springs Reserve

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Emerson Oaks Reserve

Emerson Oaks Reserve

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James San Jacinto Mountains UCR Natural Reserve (c) UCNRS

James San Jacinto Mountains Reserve

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Motte Rimrock Reserve (c) UCR / Stan Lim

Motte Rimrock Reserve

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Granite Cove -- Sweeney Granite Mountains Reserve

Jack and Marilyn Sweeney Granite Mountains Desert Research Center

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