35th Annual UC NRS Reserve Management Workshop 2018

The UCNRS Reserve Management Workshop will be held at Hastings Natural History Reservation October 16th – 18th, 2018.

Please register here


October 16th

Lower Barn
2:00       Check in at Lower Barn, free time, move in and set up tents
5:00       Social Hour – Lower Barn
6:00       Dinner – Lower Barn
7:00       Field Station Reports and True stories (3-5 min, presentation optional)

October 17th

7:00       Breakfast  – Lower Barn
Main Program – Lower Barn
8:45       Welcome and introductory remarks – Eileen Lacey
9:00       UCNRS Welcome and Updates – Peggy Fiedler, Michael Kisgen
10:00     Break
10:30     Prop 68 Updates, Q & A – Mike Kisgen
11:00     Fundraising & Policy Update – Sarah Oktay
11:30      VESR Strategic Planning – Carol Blanchette
12:00     Lunch 
1:00       UC Drone Policy Updates – Brandon Stark
1:45       Drone Demo – Brandon Stark
2:45       Weather Station Update and Dendra Demo – Colin Bode, Wendy Baxter and Jim Norris
3:00       Break
3:15       Safety update – Sara Souza
4:00        IT update, RAMS 3, etc. – Kevin Browne, Manuel Minwary and Becca Fenwick
5:00        Social hour
6:00        Dinner
8:00        “Aloha” Costume Party with surf band Fascinating Creatures of the Deep

October 18th

7:00        Breakfast – Lower Barn
9:00        Systemwide Publication Program – Kathleen Wong
9:30        California Heartbeat Initiative (CHI) Freshwater & Coastal update Becca Fenwick &                               Suzanne Olyarnik
10:00      Break
10:15      Symbiota Presentation – Steven Buckely
11:00      UC NRS Use Metrics – Marion Wittman, Suzanne Olyarnik, Megan Lulow, Erin Marnocha                     and Becca Fenwick
12:00       Lunch 
1:00         Managers and Stewards break out sessions (Classroom, Schoolhouse)
1:30         Closing remarks, Official meeting adjourns
Open Time – (Point Lobos, Aquarium, Wine Tasting – on your own)
1:45         Santa Lucia Conservancy Land Management Success & Challenges – Christy Wyckoff,                          followed by field trip to the Santa Lucia Preserve
2:00         Tour of Moss Landing Marine Labs
5:00         Social Hour
6:00         Dinner available pending number of requests

October 19th

7:00         Breakfast Lower Barn
9:00         Clean up and Check Out


Staying at Hastings Reserve

Housing requests will be taken at the time of registration. There  options available in shared rooms and bunks. If there is someone you would prefer to share a room with, please make that known in the reservation request. Housing on the reserve is limited, there are about 65 beds available. We will do our best to accommodate everyone. Housing will be available Tuesday – Thursday night at no charge.

Camping is also available on the reserve. Campers can use the showers in the houses, more info upon arrival. Port-a-potties will be available for attendees. 

The cost of food and lodging for UCNRS managers, stewards and staff are subsidized by the Office of the President. Any companions or guest staying in housing will be asked to pay around $15/night, plus any alcohol and entertainment.

As always, no pets are allowed.

Carmel Valley Lodging

There are nearby lodging options in the Carmel Valley. If you want to stay off the reserve, please contact the lodges directly for reservations and payment. 

Blue Sky Lodge
10 Flight Rd
Carmel Valley, CA

Hidden Valley Inn
102 W Carmel Valley Rd
Carmel Valley, CA

Contenta Inn
20 Vía Contenta
Carmel Valley, CA


Food and accommodation on the reserve are covered. Drinks and the Aloha party are extra ($5/ per night for drinks, $15 for the band) The max cost is $30 for participants is. Please bring cash or checks to the meeting payable to Heather Constable, or Paypal paypal.me/HeatherConstable.

Make sure that each person registers separately, including guests. Guests who are not employees and need accommodation will pay the standard reserve rate of $15 / night.

We encourage people to carpool. If you need a ride, please mention it on the registration.