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COVID-19 Information

Updated 04/06/2022

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.

Current Allowed Use

All overnight users are required to obtain a PCR-based or antigen SARS-CoV-2 test within 72 hours of arrival. Users must self-certify they are in compliance with UC Merced vaccination policy.

Currently, we are accepting applications for overnight accomodation for research, university-level teaching, writing and research retreats, and public service. Although density limits have been lifted, we continue to operate below capacity. Each room can only be occupied by members of a single reservation and in most cases housing density will not exceed two persons per bedroom.

Limited access to the classroom or office/lab is allowed by reservation. 

At the Sequoia Field Station, we are accepting applications for overnight accomodation from individuals and from groups of 3 or fewer.

In addition to the use fees, users may be charged a one-time cleaning fee of about $50 - $150 depending on the size of the house and duration of use. You can help us minimize these charges by cleaning houses thoroughly prior to departure.

Additional Forms

All participants will be required to read and sign the Notice of Policies and Pre-Screen and COVID-19 Acknowledgement.

General Guidance and Expectations of Use

The following protocols are applicable to all activities at UC Merced Natural Reserves and Field Stations facilities, in accordance with UC Merced guidance.

Face Covering – Face coverings must be worn in all common areas and outside if there is a reasonable expectation of passing within 6 feet of others. Non-medical masks are acceptable, ideally double layered, tightly woven, and washable fabric. UC Merced will provide face coverings for staff, but all other individuals will provide their own.

Physical Distancing – Individuals shall maintain at least six-foot distance from other individuals, unless protocols require closer contact, and additional appropriate measures for safety are used (e.g., PPE). Individuals will cover coughs or sneezes into the sleeve or elbow, not hands. Individuals will not shake hands.

Personal Hygiene – Participants will need to carry their own hand sanitizer, which they should use before entering any reserve or field station facility. Hands should be washed with soap and water frequently, following CDC guidance.

Notice of Policies and Liability Waivers –  All users will be required to read and acknowledge any additional Notice of Policies or Liability Waivers that are developed. These are temporary measures related to COVID-19 and are in addition to the standard Natural Reserve System policies and waivers that apply at all times.

Any queries about Yosemite and Sequoia Field Stations reservations can be directed to Breezy Jackson,, (209) 628-5758.

COVID-19 and the Yosemite and Sequoia Field Stations

Updated 08/31/2021

The Yosemite and Sequoia Field Stations are currently open with limited capacity. Please see our COVID-19 Information page for more information.

Any queries about Yosemite and Sequoia Field Station reservations can be directed to Breezy Jackson,, (209) 628-5758.