About us

UC Santa Cruz Fort Ord Natural Reserve is part of the effort to protect habitats and species found to be at risk after the military base closure. Our NRS reserve now provides teaching and research opportunities on maritime chaparral and associated species.

Incorporated into the UC Natural Reserve system in June 1996, Fort Ord Natural Reserve was created from 600 acres of the former army base on the Monterey Peninsula. Fort Ord offers opportunities for students, scientists, and members of the general public to learn about rare species and habitats, land management, and conservation biology.