Annual Mission Creek Gala

Mission Creek Soirée: May 18, 2019

You can make a difference in a child’s life right here in our community by supporting the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History’s 20th annual Mission Creek Soiree Walk Our Wild Side. This exciting event will take place on Saturday, May 18th on the Museum’s Mission Canyon campus.

This annual event celebrates the Museum’s incredible commitment to nature and science education for schoolchildren. This year’s Soiree will include beautiful décor, specialty cocktails, a gourmet dinner, and a few surprises specifically designed to provide our guests a truly enjoyable evening.

The Museum touches the lives of nearly 20,000 schoolchildren each year. For many of these children, the Museum or the Sea Center is their first introduction to the wonders of nature and the remarkable region in which we live. These learning experiences set the stage for a life-long interest in both science and the natural world.

Event & Sponsorship Details

5:00 PM Cocktails, Hors d’oeuvres, and Backyard experiences

7:00 PM Dinner

Woodland Chic attire

The Soiree will take place entirely outside on the beautiful Museum campus and includes walking. Transportation is available.

Gala Sponsorship


Table for ten (10) guests well-located for viewing

Private wait staff, Champagne toast, Museum Honorary Patron memberships for guests


Table for ten (10) guests, Museum memberships for guests


Two (2) event tickets

TICKETS $300 per person

Add a Butterfly Dinner $10,000

In lieu of a Live Auction the night of the Soiree, you have the opportunity to purchase a gourmet dinner for ten (10) guests in the beautiful Butterfly Pavilion (mutually agreeable date Summer 2019).

Gala 2019 - soiree Museum

Underwriting opportunities are available and are a great way to publicize your business.

  • Invitaton $5,000
  • Event Program $2,000
  • Centerpieces $3,000
  • Guest Gifts $500
  • Dessert Course $5,000
  • Entertainment $5,000

Soiree Committee

  • Stacey Byers, Chair
  • Ginny Bliss
  • Amy Carpenter
  • Carolyn Chandler
  • Sheri Eckmann
  • Venesa Faciane
  • Elisabeth Fowler
  • Caroline Grange
  • Gillian V. Grant
  • Heather Hambleton
  • Pippa Hames-Knowlton
  • Emily Jones
  • Kaliope Kopley
  • Bobbie Kinnear
  • Meridith Moore
  • Susan Parker
  • Kimberly Peden
  • Pam Valeski
  • Luke J. Swetland, President & CEO

Please call Caroline at 805-682-4711 ext. 109 for details or to support the Museum’s soiree!

2018 Gala Video, "One Curious Child at a Time"