UC National Reserves

The UC Natural Reserve System (UCNRS) is a library of ecosystems throughout California. Most of the state’s major habitat types are represented, from coastal tidepools to inland deserts, and lush wetlands to redwood forests. No other network of field sites can match its size, scope, and ecological diversity. The NRS offers outdoor laboratories to field…

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UCI Ecological Preserve

The UCI Ecological Preserve is a 60 acre site on the southern edge of the campus . It is a part of the UCI main campus and is managed by the UCI Office of Natural Reserves for the School of Biological Sciences. The Preserve is enrolled in the Nature Reserve of Orange County. The Preserve…

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Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center

At 615,000 acres, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is the largest state park in California and one of the largest desert protected areas in the west. Located in the eastern half of San Diego County, the park extends roughly 25 miles east to west and 50 miles north to south. The Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center,…

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South Coast Research & Extension Center

The South Coast Research and Extension Center (South Coast REC) was established by the University of California in 1956 as a representative site for agricultural and horticultural research in California’s south coastal plain-temperate climatic zone. Located on 200 acres of deep, moderately sloped, alluvial fan soil, the Center and its mild winter climate are conducive…

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San Joaquin Marsh Reserve

The San Joaquin Marsh Reserve represents one of the last remnants of wetlands that once covered much of Orange County’s flood plain. Located in an ancient river-cut channel at the head of Newport Bay, the reserve supports a variety of wetland habitats, including marshlands, shallow ponds, and channels confined by earthen dikes. Dry upland habitats…

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Natural Communities Coalition (NCC)

The main purpose of NCC is to coordinate the land management, monitoring and research with our partners across the nearly 38,000 acre Reserve System. Until 2014, the organization was known as Nature Reserve of Orange County. The Reserve System is a permanently protected open space which is managed for the benefit of plants and wildlife…

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UCI Greenhouse

The UCI Greenhouse is a 10,000-square-foot growth facility that supports teaching and research needs for the School of Biological Sciences. The Greenhouse is divided into 15 growth areas that are individually programmable for temperature. Greenhouse Staff provides watering, pest management, and basic maintenance for plants used in research and teaching. Additional facilities include common-use lab…

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Crystal Cove Research Facility

UCI in partnership with the Crystal Cove Alliance supports the Crystal Cove research facility for use in small-scale and low-impact scientific research. Crystal Cove State Park is one of the most popular parks in the California State Park System and is located in the Newport Coast area less than 10 miles from the UCI campus.…

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Burns Piñon Ridge Reserve

Set in the Morongo Basin of the western Mojave Desert, the Burns Piñon Ridge Reserve is a dry, boulder-strewn landscape of shallow canyons and ridges of sculptured granite. Three floristic regions meet at the site: Transverse Range, Sonoran Desert, and Mojave Desert, creating a diverse mixture of flora and fauna characteristic of both deserts and…

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