Valentine Eastern Sierra Reserves (VESR) are two of the 39 reserves in the University of California's Natural Reserve System. VESR provides state-of-the-art programs and facilities to support research, teaching and outreach in a part of the state far from any university campus.
Gifts from individuals, corporations and foundations are critical to supporting the mission of VESR and work in partnership with funding from UC Santa Barbara. This public-private partnership plays a significant role not only in maintaining the Natural Reserve System but also in building the University of California’s reputation.
VESR is a consistent standout within the Natural Reserve System. Scientists from all over the country conduct research at VESR: typically about 45 active research projects with over $2 million in grant support. This research is making a major contribution to the understanding of natural systems and the management of our local resources. Located in a part of the state lacking in a University presence, VESR is the University of California in Mono County. Our outreach program is the most ambitious in the system: over 2000 Inyo and Mono County school children visit the Reserve each year for hands-on, age-appropriate, field science experiences. This is a University program with all the academic resources of the University behind it, and with a focused local benefit.
Since VESR was established in 1972, we have engaged in pursuing funds of all types. Grants from the National Science Foundation and other public agencies have been instrumental in building infrastructure and facilities. Local philanthropic support has been focused on developing support for our Outdoor Science Education Program and many members of the Mammoth community have stepped up and assisted in our commitment to K-12 science education. That support has enabled the construction of the Valentine Camp Education Center, the Kate and Paul Page Research and Learning Center at SNARL, and the underwriting of our school field trip program for Inyo and Mono County students.
Other projects for which we continually seek funding include graduate student fellowships, facilities enhancements and replacements, technology improvements, environmental monitoring, resource inventories and distinguished lecturer support.
For information about these areas or others, please contact the Director.