Coal Oil Point dunes and waves

Apply to Do Research

To apply to conduct research at COPR, first contact the reserve director ( to discuss if the COPR is a suitable site for your project.  If so, then you will need to submit an online application to  

Tip:  You only need one application and one reservation for your project.  Each time you visit, please "add a visit" under participants tab of the reservation page.  For each visit please specify the date and all the categories of participants to that visit.  Please describe your project sufficiently such that the question and methods are clear. 

The Natural Reserve System supports all kinds of research projects, as long as they do not cause long-term damage to the reserve's habitats or species. Experiments that have large manipulations or introduction of genotypes (reciprocal transplants) are not permitted at COPR.  

Facilities and Uses

In 2017, a Nature Center will provide a small laboratory, exhibits, desk space, and kitchen.  Resources at the center will include library, GIS station, maps, and botanical and animal collections.  We have a number of databases including weather (NOAA CRN Station), species lists, and surveys.  Please contact us if you need more information. 

Our vision for the future is to be able to offer overnight facilities to researchers.