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Throughout the year, the Museum offers an exciting variety of field trips, which provide opportunities to experience nature first hand, develop new observational skills, meet active adults with similar interests, and learn from experts.

For more specific information about any upcoming field trips, please visit our Calendar page.
 


UPCOMING FIELD TRIPS: 

 

 


 

FIELD TRIP: Hiking Red Rock Mines
Saturday, December 9
9:00 AM-2:00 PM

Join Geologist, Susie Bartz on a field trip to Red Rock which follows the Santa Ynez River.  Explore the old Los Prietos/Juniper mercury mining area through narrow valleys as Bartz teaches about how California’s fault lines formed the cinnabar, a hydrothermally enriched “red rock” ore of mercury.

Important Information: This field trip consists of a moderate 2.5 mile (roundtrip) hike on uneven and loose terrain, and requires the ability to climb up and down slopes with loose gravel and traverse through rugged arroyos.  Participants must be in healthy, physical condition to participate. 

Member $45, non-members $50

Pre-registration required; limited enrollment.

To register, visit sbnature.org/tickets

Information: Call Stefanie Coleman at 805-682-4711 ext. 170 or scoleman@sbnature2.org.

 


PAST FIELD TRIPS: 


Carpinteria Tar PitsDiscovering Carpinteria Tar Pits

Saturday, August 26, 2017 

Explore and learn about local geology as it relates to the formation of fossils fuels and “tar” with Geologist, Sabina Thomas. Visit the Carpinteria asphaltum (bitumen) deposits and learn about the history of asphalt mining and oil production. Participants will discover remnants of Santa Barbara and Carpinteria's once flourishing asphalt mining industry.

 

 


 

Birds and Bloom Hike
Sunday, April 9, 2017 
 

Enjoy this year's potentially spectacular wildflower bloom and seasonal birding on this special hike with field experts Ethnobotanist Dr. Jan Timbrook and Birding Naturalist Rebecca Coulter on this exclusive opportunity at the UC Sedgwick Reserve. Appreciate the lush landscape with a 3-hour interpretive walk highlighting the local flora and fauna brought brought out by the recent record rainfall.  Bring your own picnic lunch to enjoy after our morning hike. 

 

 

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