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Science Education
The Reserve is convenient and accessible to undergraduates. A number of UC Merced professors now hold field trips there.
bobcat eating it's prey
Predation In Action
One of our automatic, motion cameras snapped a photo of a Bobcat carrying off a California Ground Squirrel, reflecting predator-prey relationships.
spotted lizard
Lizard Sighting
On August 6, 2015 we spotted the first common side-blotched lizard recorded on the Grasslands Reserve
Meadow foam & Whitetip Clover
Meadow foam & Whitetip Clover
These lovely wildflowers were in full bloom in early April. Photo by Jenna Heckel.


March 7, 2022

We are thrilled to announce that this spring we are offering tours of the Merced Vernal Pools and Grassland Reserve! Please join us on a tour of the reserve, to learn more about UC Merced’s Natural Reserve System, and expereince displays of blooming flowers like meadowfoam and wild hyacinth and observe birds like the red-tailed hawk and Canada goose, among other wildlife! Bring a day pack with a water bottle, camera, hiking boots, and a hat. The path may be wet and muddy so come prepared...
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Contact Us!

For questions about accessing the UC Merced Natural Reserve System Merced Vernal Pools and Grassland Reserve (MVPGR), please reach out to the Reserve Director at for the most current Reserve visitation information.

In case of emergency, call 911 or the campus police at (209) 228-2677

For non-emergencies such as gate lock issues:

Call Reserve Director, Joy Baccei, at (209) 291-6897

OR Campus Facilities Management at 209-228-2986