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Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays
2:00-5:00 PM
Closed June 3-September 12

What is the Nature Collection?
The Nature Collection is an educational loan service that offers a wide array of resource materials for educators to use in their classrooms.

What can be borrowed?

  • Taxidermy mounts of mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians
  • Marine life specimens
  • Bird nests and eggs
  • Geology and paleontology specimens
  • Animal skeletons, bones, and skins
  • Chumash Indian artifact reproductions
  • Curriculum kits
  • Books and other media focusing on natural history topics

Who can use the program?
The Nature Collection Memberships are available to teachers, librarians, and other educators.

How much does a membership cost?
One-year memberships are available at the following rate:

  • Individual membership $60.
  • Full school membership $300. ($150 for schools with 10 or fewer teachers)
    (Must include staff roster and names of parents entitled to pick up/return items)

How does the Membership work?

  • Members may check out materials on a first-come, first serve basis. No reservations or holds except on the day member intends to check out item.
  • Each member may check out up to 6 items* for TWO WEEKS. Overdue fines: $1 per item, per day. (* 4 mounted specimens and 2 curriculum kits max per checkout, plus unlimited number of books)
  • Checkout and return of items are the personal responsibility of the member. Overdue, lost or damaged items will incur additional fees.

How do I join?
Contact the Nature Collection Librarian, Christine Melvin:

For more information: 805-682-4711 ext. 122


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