Help preserve California’s natural areas with a gift to the UC Davis Natural Reserve System (NRS). These protected landscapes provide transformational experiences to students, enable innovative research in the environmental sciences, and contribute to wise stewardship of our natural resources.
Bodega Marine Reserve
Bodega Marine Reserve is the only site dedicated to research and learning on California’s rugged north central coast. This outdoor, living laboratory and classroom is a powerful natural setting in which students are immersed in hands-on learning and researchers conduct cutting edge science in ecology, oceanography, climate change, ocean health, fisheries management, conservation, restoration, and more. Be a part of our vision to increase diversity in science via hands-on experiences at Bodega Marine Reserve. Your donation will expand programs for students in the arts and humanities and increase ocean learning for K-12 students in addition to other programs.
Jepson Prairie Reserve
This rare Central Valley remnant of unplowed prairie is a jewel of the Natural Reserve System (NRS) and a National Natural Landmark. Your gift will support research in a working landscape, where best practices are developed for the protection of endangered species through grazing and traditional land uses. The NRS works in close partnership with the Jepson Prairie Docents and the Solano Land Trust. Our vision for the site includes an enhanced visitor experience with improved facilities, interpretive signs, and access.
Lassen Field Station
With a terrain covering volcanoes, steaming fumaroles and forestlands, the Lassen Field Station is the newest addition to the University of California, Davis’ Natural Reserve System (NRS). Lassen’s volcanic landscape, forests, and mountains provide new research and field class opportunities in disciplines such as geology, wildfire ecology and forestry, climate change, snowpack and water resources, and polar ecology.
“The Lassen Field Station fills a big ecological and geographical gap in the UC Natural Reserve System and extends UC Davis field stations into completely new ecosystems,” said Professor Andrew Latimer of the UC Davis Department of Plant Sciences. “Access to this whole gradient — from the tree line to the tide line — is important for studying how the state’s ecosystems change and shift in response to rising temperatures and increasingly variable rainfall.”
The field station also expands UC Davis’ presence in an underserved region in northeast California. Researchers hope to make science education opportunities available to the community through hikes and talks led by visiting researchers, as well as becoming part of K-12 outreach programs already in place through the National Park Service.
Your donations will support the purchase and renovation of research infrastructure, create facilities for researcher and class stays, and provide for student research projects and public outreach.
The McLaughlin Reserve protects an intricately complex landscape that reflects a mosaic of geologic bodies and soils, including rare serpentine soils. Unusual and rare native plants, specific to the serpentine soils, form the core of the rich research, teaching, and outreach programs at the Reserve. A legacy of mining and homesteading layered into the complex natural landscape provides opportunities for studying restoration and for citizens to participate in restoration effort. Your gift will expand programs for students in the arts, humanities, and sciences, support innovative collaborations between the arts and sciences, and increase hands-on learning opportunities for K-12 students.
Quail Ridge Reserve
Help expand and develop this protected site for research and teaching at the Quail Ridge Reserve. This idyllic California landscape is home to innovative research at the intersection of natural science and new technologies. Sweeping vistas and rustic cabins welcome classes and researchers. The lives of young people are often transformed by their first hands-on experience in nature at Quail Ridge.
Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve
The premier hiking destination at Lake Berryessa and the southern gateway to the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument. Annually over 65,000 outdoor enthusiasts experience its wild character, spectacular views, and diverse habitats. Your donations will go towards the development of citizen science and school education programs, public interpretation, and trail maintenance and improvements that mitigate against ecological degradation of this unique site. Our vision for the site is to enhance visitor experience and safety with interpretation signage and messaging, to expand public and K-12 education, awareness and volunteer programs, and to increase research opportunities and interest.
Cahill Riparian Preserve
Rising from the banks of Putah Creek, the Cahill Riparian Preserve protects this portion of California’s Interior Coast Range for teaching and research. Ancient salt-water springs, lush streamside habitat, and steep blue oak woodlands highlight the natural features of the Preserve. Teeming with abundant wildflowers, the Preserve is an ideal setting for hands-on learning and outdoor experiences. Your gift will help steward these lands, protect connected habitats for safe wildlife movement, and provide support for outdoor student experiences. The fund name honors the generosity and vision of Tom and Virginia Cahill.
Frank Maurer/Lenora Timm Quail Ridge Student Endowment
Outdoor research creates transformational experiences for students. Your gift to the Frank Maurer/Lenora Timm Quail Ridge Endowment fund provides support to inspire the next generation of leaders and scientists. The fund is open to all university disciplines, from the arts and humanities to engineering and the sciences, promoting diversity and innovative research; and supporting research adventures at the Quail Ridge and Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserves. The fund name honors the vision of Frank and Lenora and lives as a legacy to their efforts of land preservation and student engagement.
Kids into Discovering Science Outreach Program
KiDS puts graduate student scientists into classrooms in rural Lake County to teach 5th graders about the habitats found at the McLaughlin Reserve. The program also brings the kids out to the Reserve to learn about the unique geology and vegetation there by interacting with scientists in the field. This program forms a direct and personal link from rural classrooms to early-career scientists at our campus, enriching the education of both the 5th graders and UC Davis students. The program connects kids to nature in their own backyard.