The Land Trust for Santa Barbara County & Arroyo Hondo Preserve Events
*REPTILES AND AMPHIBIANS TOUR WITH DR SAM SWEET
February 17 from 9:30am-11:30am
Walk with Dr. Sam Sweet, UCSB herpetologist extraordinaire to learn a wealth of information about our local reptiles and amphibians, including some rare and protected species that inhabit Arroyo Hondo Preserve. Observe the California newt during its breeding season. Learn about endangered red-legged frogs and other interesting creatures. A wide variety of lizards, snakes, turtles, and frogs will be sure to fascinate all who attend. Dr. Sam Sweet is a fascinating field trip leader and professor of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology at UCSB, specializing in the amphibians and reptiles of our region.
Participants are welcome to bring their cameras and binoculars as well as a picnic lunch to eat at the picnic area by the creek after the walk. Please wear strong shoes and long pants. Bring a hat, water, and sunscreen.
Advance registration is required. Specific meeting location will be sent in a confirmation email once you have registered for the event.
Free to current Land Trust members! Are you a current member? If so, email firstname.lastname@example.org to register for free!
Nonmember adult: $25 Children under 15: $10
To pay by check, please contact the office. (805) 966-4520
Funds earned through this series will help with upkeep of the Preserve.
*OPEN WEEKEND at the ARROYO HONDO PRESERVE
February 16 & 17 from 10:00am-3:00pm
Called the “Jewel of the Gaviota Coast,” the 782-acre Arroyo Hondo Preserve is a magnificent canyon located west of Santa Barbara between Refugio State Beach and Gaviota State Park. The old ranch is rich in early California history and has an abundance of outstanding natural features. Within its steep canyon walls is a hidden place of extraordinary beauty and serenity. Cool, stream-side paths through the bay and sycamore trees transition into trails past ancient oak trees, tall yucca blooms and aromatic sages up the high ridges of the Santa Ynez Mountains.
Free nature hikes with one of our knowledgeable docents are held at 10:00 am on Saturday and Sunday of weekends that are open to the public.
Advance reservations are REQUIRED by emailing our Preserve Manager or calling (805) 567-1115.