Quail Ridge Reserve
UC Davis Natural Reserves

Natural places for research, teaching and outreach.

Our story

The University of California Natural Reserve System is the largest and most productive network of university field stations in the world. Forty-one reserves across California protect examples of most of the state’s ecosystems for research and teaching. Each reserve is administered by one of the UC campuses; the UC Davis Natural Reserve System manages six sites. Established in 1965 in the face of ever-expanding land development in the state, the Natural Reserves have served as outdoor laboratories and classrooms for thousands of scientists and students. Through the decades, they have accumulated long-term data sets of ever-increasing value, especially as scientists struggle to understand the effects of climate change and land-use changes in California landscapes.