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Sage Hill at UCLA acknowledges the Gabrielino/Tongva peoples as the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (the Los Angeles basin and So. Channel Islands). As a land grant institution, we pay our respects to the Honuukvetam (Ancestors), ‘Ahiihirom (Elders) and ‘Eyoohiinkem (our relatives/relations) past, present and emerging.
Sage Hill, located in the northwest corner of campus, is 3.5 acres of native California habitat that is home to a high diversity of flora and fauna species — including 50 native higher plant species, 7 native mammal species, 17 butterflies species, and almost 30 resident and migratory bird species. White sage is one of the most abundant plant species found on the site, and is a sacred evergreen perennial shrub that was used by the Native Americans for purification and protection purposes.

It serves as an outdoor learning space, providing hands-on, meaningful teaching and undergraduate research opportunities for students in all fields. In the past, UCLA faculty have used Sage Hill as a site for instruction for courses in geography, sustainability, ornithology, zooarcheology, and other topics. The landscape provides a backdrop for student film projects. It is a frequent site for continued student- and faculty-driven restoration projects.

This site aims to connect students and faculty to nature as a rare expanse of green space in the highly urbanized environment of UCLA. Sage Hill is also open to indigenous groups for use and resources. It is a place to learn about native flora and fauna, soils, ecosystems, and the role humans play in sustaining the space.

If you are looking to visit Sage Hill as a student or faculty researcher, student group, or are interested in utilizing Sage Hill in your coursework, please fill out this form: