PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Monday, September 21, 2015

UCSB Hosts Series of Workshops & Events in Honor of UC Natural Reserve System

UC Natural Reserve System Celebrates 50 Years

of Research, Teaching and Public Service

UCSB Hosts Anniversary Series of Workshops and Events

Santa Barbara, CA - UC Santa Barbara plays an important role in the University of California’s Natural Reserve System (NRS), the largest university administered reserve system in the world comprised of 39 reserves across California, protecting over 750,000 acres of critical and sensitive habitat. This year, the UC NRS celebrates 50 years of teaching, research and public service.

To recognize this important milestone, UCSB is hosting a month’s worth of exciting events to highlight its contribution to and participation in the NRS.

“The Santa Barbara campus serves as the administrative home for seven of our 39 reserves, more than any other UC campus,” says Peggy Fiedler, Director of the UC NRS. “These seven reserves represent a remarkable diversity of ecosystems, offering unlimited opportunities for research and teaching. The NRS community at UCSB truly represents all that is good about the NRS.”

50th Anniversary series events include the following, all of which are open to the public (registration may be required):

The UC Natural Reserve System - Fifty Years of Research, Teaching & Public Service

October 1, 7:30 - 9 p.m. - Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. FREE.

Dr. Peggy Fiedler, Director of the University of California Natural Reserve System, moderated by renowned broadcast journalist Jeff Greenfield.

Our Living Laboratories - The UCSB Natural Reserve System Today

October 2, 1:30 - 6 p.m. - Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at UCSBFREE.

Dr. Frank Davis and Dr. Peter Alagona speak about their research at the reserves; a poster session and a wine reception in the Bren School Courtyard.

Photos in the Field - Nature Photography Using Your SmartPhone

October 3, 10 a.m. & 2 p.m. - Coal Oil Point Reserve. FREE (RSVP Required)

Family-friendly workshops led by professional photographers on capturing the best pictures nature using your smartphone.

Birding and Bagels at Carpinteria Salt Marsh

October 4, 8-10 a.m. - Carpinteria Salt Marsh Reserve. FREE (RSVP Required).

Guided tours of this incredible ocean-side reserve with local birding luminaries and breakfast with fellow birders.

Southern California Artists Painting for the Environment (SCAPE) Art Show and Sale October 24 & 25 - Montecito Country Club. FREE.

An art show and sale of paintings from UCSB’ reserves to benefit the UCSB NRS at the Montecito Country Club. A reception and brief program on Saturday evening will celebrate contributing artists as well as the NRS.

Harvest Dinner and Visit to Sedgwick Reserve

November 7, 3 - 9 p.m. Sedgwick Reserve. $200/person | $350/couple

A gourmet farm-to-table dinner accompanied by walking tours, star gazing, a history of the area’s flora and fauna and more. Bus transportation to the Reserve included in this a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

The seven UC NRS Reserves managed by UCSB are used by thousands of researchers, students and public visitors each year as they investigate and learn about the natural world. Reserve users come from throughout California, the U.S. and the world to study the Reserve’s diverse natural systems and native flora and fauna. The seven reserves managed by UCSB include the Carpinteria Salt Marsh, Coal Oil Point, K.S.N Norris Rancho Marino, Sedgwick and Santa Cruz Island Reserves, Sedgwick Reserve and the two Valentine Eastern Sierra Reserve sites (SNARL and Valentine Camp) - the Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory (SNARL) and Valentine Camp.

Event details, including registration and ticket information, can be found by visiting or by calling Riley Leonard at 805.893.3764. For more information about UCSB NRS, visit

UCSB’s Anniversary Series is being produced in partnership with the Santa Barbara Independent.



Gay Larsen, UCSB NRS, 805.893.3423
Riley Leonard, UCSB NRS, 805.893.3764

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