Research and Educational Use

The Butte Creek Ecological Preserve is an invaluable resource for environmental research and education. We encourage reserve use for field trips by classes and organizations and a wide variety of research activities.

We invite field trips and research in order to use reserve resources to maximize environmental knowledge and appreciation. We believe, however, that a very important lesson to be learned in association with the reserve is how to conduct educational and research activities in ways that maximize learning while minimizing environmental damage. For the sake of future research and interpretation it is essential to preserve these habitats, maintain the physical integrity and sociological sensitivity of historical and archeological sites, and protect the preserve from undue encroachment or damage by human activities.

The Butte Creek Ecological Preserve is an educational resource serving as an outdoor laboratory, a natural museum, and an outdoor classroom. One goal of BCCER management is to promote and accommodate use of the Preserve for research and educational purposes. The procedures listed below will assist you in your request to use Butte Creek Ecological Preserve.

Research Protocol

  1. Contact our reserves management staff to discuss your research proposal by calling (530) 898-5010.
  2. Review and adhere to our research protocol and access rules and guidelines.
  3. Apply for a use permit use by accessing our online Reserves Access Management system (RAMS). Please provide as much detailed information about your planned classroom project activities as possible. Submit one application for each class request.
  4. Your request will be evaluated by our reserve management team and you will receive a response to your request in a timely manner.
  5. Following application approval, arrange your orientation with our BCCER management staff if you are a first time user by calling (530) 898-5010.
  6. Researchers are required to remove all flagging, equipment, and mitigate any disturbances at the conclusion of the research project.  Failure to remove flagging and equipment, or to return the site(s) to their unaltered condition, will result in a letter to the University to delay graduation until the matter is resolved.

Classroom Use

  1. Contact our reserves management staff to discuss your proposed classroom project or activity by calling (530) 898-5010.
  2. Review our research and education use rules, guidelines and protocol.
  3. Apply for a use permit use by accessing our online Reserves Access Management system (RAMS). Please provide as much detailed information about your planned classroom project activities as possible. Submit one application for each class request.
  4. Your request will be evaluated by our reserve management team and you will receive a response to your request in a timely manner.
  5. Following application approval, arrange your orientation with our BCCER management staff if you are a first time user by calling (530) 898-5010.