Valentine Eastern Sierra Reserves (VESR) consist of two separate reserves, Valentine Camp and the Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory (SNARL), located approximately eight miles apart. They are situated in Mono County on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada, near the Town of Mammoth Lakes, CA. VESR became part of the University of California Natural Reserve System (UCNRS) in 1973 and is administered through the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). VESR provides protected wildlands, on-site experimental facilities, as well as the support facilities for conducting studies of natural systems over a large part of central, eastern California and western Nevada. The Reserve is open, by application, to any bona fide researcher or instructor. We welcome your interest and your inquiries.
COVID-19 Information for Valentine Eastern Sierra Reserves
At the Valentine Eastern Sierra Reserves we are committed to protecting the health and well-being of our researchers, students, staff and local community. We are following the guidance provided by the University of California, the Centers for Disease Control, and the state to limit the spread of this virus. Many of our operations will be temporarily shut down or limited this spring so that we can prevent the spread of this virus. We will be closed to overnight visitation from March 15 to June 12 at the earliest. We will limit and restrict any non-essential operations during this time. Our SNARL Spring Seminar Series is cancelled this spring, as well as our sping K-12 field trip programs. We are hoping that we will be able to run our Summer OSEP programs, and will continue with registration for these programs on March 31, 2020.
Please see the UCSB NRS COVID-19 Information page for guidance from UCSB and for up-to-date information, as this situation is changing rapidly.
We know that these are difficult times for all, and we believe strongly in the healing power of the outdoors. We sincerely look forward to seeing you all back at the reserves this summer, and look forward to continuing on our mission of connecting people to nature through science, education and outreach.