Spend a day in the Carmel Valley!
On Saturday, June 8, Hastings Natural History Reservation — one of the oldest sites in the UC Natural Reserve System — invites UC employees and the general public to its annual open house. With a catered brunch, live music and experiences ranging from birdwatching to nature talks to tree-climbing demonstrations, this half-day adventure truly offers something for everyone.
Based in the Carmel Valley, about 50 minutes from Carmel-by-the-Sea, Hastings was originally a cattle ranch before becoming a Museum of Vertebrate Zoology biological field station in 1937. It joined the UC Natural Reserve System at its formation in 1970. The varied topography of the 2,500-acre station — including three seasonal creeks, vernal pools and springs and native perennial grasslands, as well as proximity to redwood forests, the Pacific Ocean and farmland — provides rich biological diversity for the scientists, scholars and students who study there.
Additionally, Hastings hosts one of the longest-running studies on vertebrates in the world — a more than 50-year project tracking the social behavior of acorn woodpeckers.
For questions about the open house, please contact Hastings Natural History Reservation Director Jen Hunter.Tags: Carmel Valley, Hastings Natural History Reservation, UC Natural Reserve System