Valentine Camp, SNARL and the associated facilities are available to all academic, non-profit, government agencies and community groups that fall within the constraints of our mission (education, research, public service). 


Acquired by UCSB in 1973, the Sierra Nevada Aquatic Reserach Lab serves as a base for research and teaching in a large part of eastern, central California and western Nevada. With some of the most developed facilities in the Natural Reserve System and a considerable outreach program, SNARL is the UC outpost in this part of the State. Every year, thousands of students and adults visit SNARL and its sister reserve, Valentine Camp, to participate in programs that support school curricula, as well as public walks, talks and lecture series featuring current research in the region. Laboratory, office, computing, and housing facilities are available at the site. 

Valentine Camp

Valentine Camp is located in the 'Old Mammoth' area of Mammoth Lakes, and is only open seasonally, from approximately June to October.  Valentine Camp has housing for 16 in three renovated log cabins constructed in the 1920's. Each cabin has modern cooking, sleeping, bathroom facilities; electricity; spring water; limited parking/storage space. There is no food or custodial service. Supplies are available in neighboring Mammoth Lakes. Users are expected to furnish their own food, bedding, towels, vehicles, and equipment. A log classroom building was constructed in 2000 and supports the Outdoor Science Education program.

To view more information for each site's specific facilities please visit the site facility pages. Additional information regarding site maps is also available.