About Us


“The mission of the Neal Taylor Nature Center at Cachuma Lake is to encourage public understanding, enjoyment, and protection of Cachuma Lake, the Upper Santa Ynez River, and the San Rafael Mountain Range Watershed.”


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Photos by Jim Klages

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Come by the nature center and enjoy our exhibits, weekly and seasonal events, book sales, workshops, gift shop and more!

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Our Story

Founded in 1988, the Neal Taylor Nature Center at Cachuma Lake is celebrating 34 years of connecting kids and adults to discovering the wonders of their own backyard – Cachuma Lake and the Santa Ynez watershed.

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Rufous Humingbird (Selasphorus rufus)