The ten-acre Field Station serving Sedgwick Reserve was once the La Laguna Ranch headquarters and the Sedgwick family home. In 1996, a campaign by the Land Trust for Santa Barbara was successful in purchasing a final 782 acre parcel that had been left by Duke Sedgwick to his heirs when he bequeathed the majority of what is now Sedgwick Reserve to UCSB.
Infrastructure improvements in the years since include a new headquarters building, new housing for Reserve staff, road improvements, distribution of drinking water, installation of a photovoltaic array that provides enough electricity to power the Field Station, and renovation of historic buildings including the hay barn and Duke Sedgwick’s art studio. The acreage surrounding the Field Station is permanently protected for conservation.
Sedgwick’s facilities are available for rent by educators, researchers, University of California departments and local non-profit organizations that fall within the constraints of our mission. Unfortunately, the Reserve cannot be used for commercial uses, weddings or fundraising events.
Read about individual Sedgwick facilities below. Learn about what is included with overnight rentals by going here.
Bunkhouse is perfect for 2-6 researchers whose work requires overnight stays at Sedgwick.
Camp facilities serve as the Reserve’s primary housing for visiting students.
The sprawling 4 bedroom ranch house serves as Sedgwick Reserve’s primary housing.
The Studio Apartment is able to house 2 people in a single bedroom with one twin and one full bed. It is an ideal space for long-term stays.
The Studio Classroom is an ideal spot for small meetings and classes. It can comfortably seat 25 people.
Tipton Meeting House the heart of the Sedgwick Reserve, serving as its headquarters and meeting space.
Three vinyl tent cabins can accommodate 12 people, with 4 beds each.