Santa Cruz Island Reserve

University of California, Natural Reserve System


The Santa Cruz Island Reserve was established in 1966 to provide access, assistance, and facilities to researchers and classes for studies of archaeology, marine and terrestrial biology, geography, and geology of the northern Channel Islands. The reserve facilitates research and instruction on the Channel Islands, especially through provision of overnight accommodations and transportation around the Santa Cruz Island and its surrounding waters.

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In its vastness and variety of flora, fauna and geology, Santa Cruz Island resembles a miniature California. Learn more about what calls Santa Cruz Island home.

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