What We Do


The Blue Oak Ranch Reserve is used primarily as a scientific research site to conduct various investigations across the Earth and Life Sciences, Engineering, and Computer Sciences, as well as graduate student studies in the arts and humanities. In any given year 10-15 projects may run concurrently, with individual researchers spending an average of 10 days a year conducting their field studies. While the majority of projects originate from any of the UC campuses, a significant group from the CSU system, private Universities in California, out of state and international institutions are not uncommon. As a result of their hard work and dedication, BORR scientists have 10-12 journal manuscripts published annually that are based on research carried out in this landscape. For a listing of current and past research projects and investigators, check out the Research section of this website.


The Blue Oak Ranch Reserve hosts many university-level class visits each year that focus on biology, physical science, environmental management, social science/art, and education. While most classes come for a weekend, the Field Station provides modern classroom space and facilities suitable for students to stay for many days.  K-12 groups also use BORR. Reach out to us for opportunities to get students out into nature. Our staff is always excited to talk to classes about current research and the natural history of the reserve and to lead nature walks. Explore our Facilities descriptions, as well as our Education section to plan a field trip or field courses for your group or Institution.

Public Service

The Blue Oak Ranch Reserve brings communities together by providing space for people to interact with nature and one another. Nonprofit community organizations are encouraged to contact us with how the reserve and facilities will support their work. BORR strives to provide a space for underserved youth and communities to engage with nature. BORR also supports leadership training events for staff who work with our local communities.


Reserve’s staff are committed to protecting our 3,280 acres of natural resources and cultural heritage. Annual work plans are designed to safeguard the Reserve from wildfire, invasion by non-native species, erosion, abandoned infrastructure, and other threats to the Reserve’s viability.  Newly completed projects including water systems for potable drinking water and fire suppression, solar photovoltaic power, and solar hot water heating reduce our ecological footprint over historic activities. Restoration of the Amos White Cabin and improvements to the Cedar Barn have been accomplished in the past two years.