Francis Minturn Sedgwick (1904 - 1967) and his wife Alice Delano de Forest (1908 - 1988) purchased in 1952 the remaining portion of the Mexican Rancho La Laguna de San Francisco. This is the ranch where Edie Sedgwick grew up. They subsequently willed the bulk of the ranch to the University of California at Santa Barbara; the University purchased the remaining interest from their children.

The Sedgwick Reserve" is now a part of the Univesity of California Natural Reserve System.

"The mission of the Natural Reserve System is to contribute to the understanding and wise management of the Earth and its natural systems by supporting university-level teaching, research, and public service at protected natural areas throughout California."

Paul Nefstead, a docent and historian of the reserve, has written a nice history of the Rancho.

Paul Nefstead also extended an invitation to show us "the ranch." We gratefully accepted, and took the photos below. Thank you, Paul.

Sedgwick Ranch Panorama

These photos were taken by Emily A Sedgwick (41C1H172), April 22, 2007:

Links to Websites about the Sedgwick Reserve
If you have or know of a good site, send a link to

Sedgwick Reserve
The official site of the reserve

Oaks of the Sedgwick Reserve
Indicative of one of the types of studies done here, includes nice photos

Known Mammals of Sedgwick
Rebecca S. Burton, Ph.D