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Merced Vernal Pools and Grassland Reserve

Our Reserves

The UC Merced reserves and natural lands represent a range of ecosystems and management. Two of our reserves – Merced Vernal Pools and Grassland Reserve (MVPGR) and the Yosemite Field Station (YFS) - are part of the UC Natural Reserve System.

Merced Vernal Pools and Grassland Reserve

Protects over 6,500 acres of unique vernal pool wetland habitat and rare endemic plant and animal species. Situated at the base of the San Joaquin Valley foothills and adjacent to the UC Merced campus, this reserve is exceptionally accessible for research and public outreach.

Yosemite Field Station

Located in the historic village of Wawona near the south entrance to Yosemite National Park, and only five miles from the Mariposa Grove of giant Sequoias, the Yosemite Field Station is ideally situated to support field research projects in Yosemite and the adjacent Sierra National Forest.

SCICON Field Station

A partnership between the Tulare County Office of Education and UC Merced and located adjacent to the beautiful Circle J Ranch in Springville, CA. The field station serves as a base for research and educational activities in the southern Sierra Nevada and San Joaquin Valley.

Sequoia Field Station

Includes a cabin and research/classroom facility, located in the historic Wolverton Ski Area, about a mile from Sequoia National Park’s Giant Forest. This stand of more than 8,000 giant Sequoia trees represents half of Earth’s largest and longest-living tree species.

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