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.
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 (EXCEPTION: Due to the COVID-19 response, the Nature Center will be closed until further notice).
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.
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.
Refugio oil spill fouls NRS reserve.
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.
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.