The CSMR Education Program contains many levels of educational opportunities and experiences. Various courses associated with UCSB and other universities and colleges use the Reserve. Local K-12 classes (e.g., Aliso School in the Carpinteria Unified School District and Washington School in the Santa Barbara School District) either take field trips to the Reserve and/or receive talks and slide shows by Reserve personnel. Local recreation and youth groups (e.g., Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and Junior Life Guards) include CSMR in their educational program. Many organizations (e.g., Santa Barbara Botanic Garden and the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History) lead trips to CSMR as part of their educational programs. Class sizes range from 10 to 30 or more. Thus CSMR provides a broad spectrum of educational opportunities relating to biological, cultural and other resources.

Although by definition the UC NRS includes only University and College level education in its educational mission, we have included various K-12 and community educational activities in this Education Program rather than as part of the Public Services Program. However, the two programs are linked closely and are inter-related in many aspects.