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, with special emphasis on Santa Cruz Island. The primary purpose has been to facilitate research and instruction on the reserve, especially through provision of overnight accommodations and transportation around the island (land and nearby waters).
Use of the Santa Cruz Island Reserve is limited to bona fide research, class use, and Reserve outreach. Use of the Reserve must be coordinated through the Reserve Director, Dr. Jay S. Reti, and the UCSB Natural Reserve System campus office. Visits to the island for purposes other than research or instruction should be coordinated through The Nature Conservancy at 805-642-0345.