In addition to protecting these natural areas, the purpose of the reserve is to support university teaching, research, and public service (see mission statement). This combination of programs and protected habitats is unique, and the reserve continues to make important contributions to our knowledge of wild coastal ecosystems.
IMPORTANT NOTE TO APPLICANTS: DUE TO A BRIDGE REPLACEMENT IN BIG SUR, NACAMIENTO-FERGUSON ROAD IS THE ONLY ROUTE AVAILABLE TO ACCESS BIG CREEK RESERVE. PLEASE TAKE THIS INTO CONSIDERATION AS YOU PLAN YOUR FIELD TRIPS THIS YEAR. ACCESS ALONG HIGHWAY 1 FROM THE NORTH IS SCHEDULED TO RESUME IN OCTOBER.
Thank you for your understanding and I hope you can accommodate the above conditions into your plans. If you have any questions or have an urgent resource-dependent research need, please feel free to contact me.
The status of our 2017 public "Open House" is pending an assessment and repair of accessibility after the winter.