For the Public

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The mission of the Natural Reserve System is to contribute to the understanding and wise management of the Earth and its natural systems by supporting university-level teaching, research, and public service at protected natural areas throughout California. This three-part mission, with elements of teaching, research, and public service, is consistent with the overall mission of the University of California. Public service at VESR is expressed through our Community Outreach Programs.

The Outdoor Science Education Program (OSEP) provides our local elementary and middle school students with a hands on science experience and is the biggest element of our outreach effort.

Adult tours of Valentine Camp or SNARL are offered in the summer and fall. We host a series of lectures by scientists conducting research in the region.

More information is available via the links on the left.