Apply to Bring a Class

Please send an online application to bring a class to COPR at

Tip: if you bring your class every year, you just need one application.  Then add a new reservation each year.

University Level Classes

Coal Oil Point Reserve receives over 20 courses each year, mostly from UCSB and Santa Barbara City College.  The reserve is an outdoor laboratory where students learn about field methods, experimentation, species identification, conservation, and restoration programs.  

The staff of the reserve can assist faculty with species identification, background information, logistics, and provide guided tours.

University level classes have helped create species lists for various habitats at the reserve.  

The reserve's proximity to campus is ideal for student research projects.  The reserve staff can assist with project ideas and help students design experiments that are feasible within the time restrictions of the student.

The Nature Center opened in 2017, and is now available to support classes that need a laboratory, museum, or conference room. 

All classes visiting the reserve require prior approval from the Reserve Director.  Please submit an online application.

8th- 12th Grade Classes

The reserve is open to 8th - 12th grade classes with supervision from a tour guide.  In some special cases, lower grades with a science program may be granted visitation.   

Seasonal closures:

Groups are permitted on approved trails and on the beach. The beach along the Snowy Plover nesting area may be closed to large groups during the nesting season (April-July) to reduce the risk of trampling on small chicks that walk away from the nesting area.  Small groups (less than 20) may visit the Snowy Plover nesting area if accompanied by the Reserve Director or Conservation Specialist.


The tidepools in front of the Reserve have been designated a Marine Protected Area (MPA).  Since then, 8th - 12th grade classes are encouraged to visit tidepools in other sites outside of the MPA.  Collecting and handling organisms is prohibited in Marine Protected Areas. 

All classes visiting the reserve require prior approval from the Reserve Director.  Please submit an online application.