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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.

The suggested donation for the open house is $25 per person. Register now. You can also download an informational flyer.

For questions about the open house, please contact Hastings Natural History Reservation Director Jen Hunter.

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  1. Clare Sheridan May 21, 2019 Reply

    Do other NRS units have open houses?

    • Michelle Simone May 21, 2019 Reply

      Hi Clare, That’s a great question. Unfortunately, Link doesn’t have a calendar of all NRS events. You can view all NRS sites at If we learn of any other public events, we will be sure to share them in Link.