Hastings Natural History Reservation

A Biological Field Station of the University of California, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology and Natural Reserve System.

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About Our Reservation

We provide the wildlands and facilities to conduct university and graduate level studies of natural systems in the Santa Lucia mountain range in Monterey County, California. A representative ecosystem of about 2,500 acres, Hastings was established in 1937 to be managed with minimal disturbance for research and education. Hastings encourages a community of researchers to live lightly in the ecosystem they study.

Over 500 research projects have been conducted since 1937 at Hastings.

These stories put our lives into perspective. We hope that understanding the natural world around us will inspire people to protect and appreciate whatever is still wild and under their care.

Learn About the History of Hastings