Quail Ridge Reserve
UC Davis Natural Reserves

Natural places for research, teaching and outreach.

Quail Ridge entrance gate

Natural Reserves hit by fires

Three UC Davis Natural Reserves have been severely affected by the LNU Wildfire Complex; losses include the director's residence at Quail Ridge as well as all our tent cabins. Stebbins Cold Canyon, Quail Ridge Reserve and McLaughlin Reserve are now reopened for research (please contact reserve staff for more information), though Stebbins Cold Canyon remains closed to hiking and other recreation. Thank you to the many people have reached out to help! We will be identifying targets for resilient rebuilding and reopening very soon. In the meantime, if you would like to help, you can donate on the Natural Reserve System giving page.

Cahill Preserve monument

Tom Cahill - A Legacy of Nature

Tom and Ginny Cahill found a way to protect the land they love and support science. The couple donated two hundred spectacular acres of creekside and oak woodland habitat to the UC Davis Natural Reserve System.  They also established an endowment to ensure responsible stewardship of the land into the future.  The Cahill Riparian Preserve is serving as a research and teaching refuge, a quiet complement to nearby Stebbins Cold Canyon, with its steady stream of hikers.

In addition to their gifts, the couple tirelessly served on the statewide Board of Councilors to the University of California Natural Reserve System, raising awareness throughout the region and state of the vital roles of land protection and science in natural settings.

Tom passed away May 1, 2019. His energy and enthusiasm, always evident as he led countless visitors on tours to the Cahill Riparian Preserve, will be sorely missed. The legacy of land conservation and science that he and Ginny have created is a fitting tribute to a distinguished scholar and individual.

Learn more about Tom Cahill's life and legacy here.

Donations to the Cahill Riparian Preserve endowment can be made here.

An account of the Cahills’ work to build their environmental legacy can be found here.