The Campus Natural Reserve was set aside to protect unique natural habitats within the 2000 acres UCSC Campus. The intent of these protecting these areas is to steward them in a natural state and use them for research, education, and outreach. Essentially, utilizing them as a living laboratories and outdoor classrooms. As a result, you may encounter research and teaching material that has been placed on the reserve. This equipment is part of ongoing research projects that are helping us better understand the reserve.
There are several established trails for walking and biking; however, the cutting of new trails is not permitted as doing so has a negative impact on plants and animals and degrades the overall ecological integrity of the site. Please use the Campus Natural Reserve to learn about nature and simply to enjoy our unique campus setting; however, be careful to take only what you bring and leave as minimal a trace as possible.