UC Merced manages two field stations as part of the UC Natural Reserve System, one in Yosemite National Park one in Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park. The Yosemite Field Station includes six cabins with accommodations for up to 55, as well as office space, a dry lab, and meeting facilities. The SEKI Field Station has one small cabin and one research/meeting facility.


The mission of these field stations is to provide access to research and teaching in the National Parks and adjacent National Forests. "The mission of the Natural Reserve System is to contribute to the understanding and wise stewardship of the Earth and its natural systems by supporting university-level teaching, research, and public service at protected natural areas throughout California."


The Yosemite and Sequoia field stations were established in 2006, within a larger research partnership between UC Merced, Yosemite National Park, Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park and the U.S. Geological Survey. In 2009, the Yosemite Field Station was accepted into the UC Natural Reserve System as its 36th reserve.

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COVID-19 and the SNRS

Updated 4/20/2020

The following represents current guidance for the UC Merced Natural Reserve System. We reserve the right to cancel any reservation to protect the health and safety of visitors and staff, and to revise policies in the event of specific campus, state, NRS, NPS, or CDC guidance.

Yosemite Field Station: 

  • All visits are cancelled through the end of April, 2020.
  • In April, and pending resolution of the statewide "shelter-in-place" order issued by Governor Newsom, we anticipate allowing only visits that support essential research (i.e., place-based scholarly activities and programs that cannot reasonably be conducted elsewhere or rescheduled for a later date). Any essential research visitor groups must be 10 or fewer people. Approval is subject to the availability of housing that can allow for appropriate social distancing while staying at the field station.
  • Processing of all *new* reservations for May through August 2020 is on hold, as we develop our plans for allowing future use of the field station. We will issue updated guidance for May and beyond as the situation evolves.

Sequoia Field Station:  The field station remains closed for the winter, but re-opening may be impacted by COVID-19.

Any queries about SNRS reservations can be directed to Breezy Jackson, bjackson10@ucmerced.edu, (209) 628-5758.