The reserve is excited to announce the launch of a new GauchoBoost crowdfunding campaign to support the Snowy Plover Conservation Program at the reserve. The program is critical to protecting the federally threatened Snowy Plovers at the reserve. Our staff protect the plovers by monitoring the beach, collecting abandoned eggs, and protecting nests with enclosures that safeguard the plovers from predator threats such as crows or skunks.
The Nature Center at Coal Oil Point Reserve will be open to visitors every Saturday from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm, and by appointment .
Docents will be available to answer any questions you may have about the reserve!
Stop by to check out our exhibit area which showcases research projects, conservation programs, and the natural history of the reserve.
Any exceptions to the schedule will be posted here on our website.
When indoors, please wear a mask and maintain 6 ft distance from others as per the university guidelines.
This story is part of NRS reserves transformed by Proposition 84 funds, a series describing the facilities improvements and expansions at NRS reserves supported by Proposition 84 bond funds.
Protecting the snowy plovers at Coal Oil Point Reserve while they nest is an ever-changing exercise in creative conservation.
Rare hoodwinker sunfish, never before seen in Northern Hemisphere, washes up at Coal Oil Point Reserve
The Fall 2017-Winter 2018 issue of Montecito Magazine describes what our Reserves and our Reserve Directors do for our local environments.
Coal Oil Point Reserve is a showcase for ecology and biodiversity in UCSB’s backyard.
Cris Sandoval's Journey to Save Snowy Plovers
UC Santa Barbara celebrates 50 years of the UC Natural Reserve System.
The UC Santa Barbara NRS is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the University of California Natural Reserve System. Check out how you can join in the celebration at upcoming events on campus and at our Reserves.
At UCSB’s Coal Oil Point Reserve, it’s all hands on deck to safeguard the western snowy plover, a threatened species on the Pacific coast, against effects from the recent oil spill.
Refugio oil spill fouls NRS reserve.
UC Santa Barbara creative studies art instructor Hank Pitcher paints a cycle of seasons at Coal Oil Point Reserve.
The fire at UCSB’s Coal Oil Point Reserve may have charred more than 20 acres of the landscape, but it also opened up a rare opportunity for the scientists who work there.
NRS Day at UC Santa Barbara.