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Join Us For a Vernal Pools and Grassland Tour!

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 for the elements with a raincoat and water-resistant boots.

It's World Nature Conservation Day!!

Happy World Nature Conservation Day!! Observed worldwide on July 28th of every year, this day aims to create awareness about protecting and conserving nature. The UC Merced Vernal Pools and Grassland Reserve (MVPGR) is a great example of protected conservation lands that create awareness about the natural world, land conservation, and stewardship. Located directly adjacent to the University of California, Merced campus, the reserve is comprised of 6,500 protected acres of intact vernal pool and grassland habitat.

Happy Earth Day 2021 from the MVPGR!

Happy Earth Day! Did you know that the Merced Vernal Pools and Grassland Reserve (MVPGR) represents some of the largest remaining intact vernal pools and grassland ecosystems around? For this reason, the MVPGR attracts researchers and educators from around the UC system and beyond visiting the Reserve to explore vernal pool ecology, biodiversity, and more. The MVPGR typically hosts a variety of educational activities, from university-level course field trip trips, K-12 groups, public education naturalist events, and public service events, which makes every day Earth Day out on the Reserve!

Joy Baccei joins the team as the new MVPGR Director!

Joy Baccei has joined us as the new Director of the UC Merced Vernal Pools and Grasslands Reserve. As Director, Joy will oversee activities on the reserve related to the research, education, and public service mission of the UC Natural Reserve System. She will also work with our Tulare County Office of Education partners to help expand our activities at the new SCICON Field Station in Springville, CA. Joy has extensive wetland ecology and management expertise, and we are excited that she has joined the UC Merced and Natural Reserve System teams.


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