La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science

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At the La Kretz Center, we are working to help make conservation science relevant and accessible to everyone. Whether you are a nature enthusiast or a research scientist, we have lectures, discussions, workshops, and club activities for you.


We rely on your support to make our work possible. All La Kretz Center donations fund the annual programs and conservation events our center administers.

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Annual UCLA La Kretz Center and Stunt Ranch Reserve Research Awards

Each year, the La Kretz Center and Stunt Ranch Santa Monica Mountains Reserve provide funding to students across campus to help them achieve their research objectives in applied and basic conservation science. UCLA undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral scientists are encouraged to apply. Applications are accepted during the UCLA fall semester.

Annual Public Lecture & Discussion

In partnership with Pepperdine University, the La Kretz Annual Public Lecture brings to Los Angeles renowned thinkers, researchers and leaders who can educate and inspire our audience, and ourselves, on conservation science. Open to members of the general public.

California Genomics Workshop

This annual workshop provides a comfortable, informal training environment for a small group of 20-25 motivated graduate students to explore how conservation problems can best be addressed with genomic-level data. One of the highlights of our workshop is active participation from governmental agencies who use actual genetic data in endangered species protection and management.

Bruin Naturalists Club

The La Kretz Center is a proud sponsor of the Bruin Naturalists Club, a student organization at UCLA dedicated to getting people outside to learn about and interact with nature.