Live Learning at Landels-Hill Big Creek Reserve, UC Santa Cruz

Years of textbook lessons come alive during Ecology and Conservation in Practice, a field course taught at the NRS’s Landels-Hill Big Creek Reserve.

The Landels-Hill Big Creek Reserve, UC Natural Reserve System

Situated on California’s scenic Big Sur Coast, the NRS’s Landels-Hill Big Creek Reserve provides researchers and students with a spectacular location to study nature. Scientists use the reserve to track water quality, monitor fish populations, and survey California’s disappearing native wildflowers. Students from UC Santa Cruz use the adjacent marine reserve to test their underwater research skills, and schoolchildren visit Big Creek to learn how animals adapt to their environment.