Program Calendar

The Neal Taylor Nature Center is open to the public year-round on Thursdays-Saturdays 10am-4pm and Sundays 10am-2pm.

*holiday hours may vary*

Scroll down to see upcoming dates for special events, workshops and programs.

Trout in the Classroom

Trout in the Classroom

The Neal Taylor Nature Center "Trout in the Classroom" is a program designed to allow visitors, including local school children on field trips, to experience raising trout in an up-close, […]

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01 February 2024
Fish Derby

Fish Derby

The Fish Derby is a two-day annual fishing event held on Saturday and Sunday in April. To participate in the Fish Derby, registration is required before or during the event. […]

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20 April 2024

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Ongoing Programs

We host programs throughout the year that may not be listed yet on the program calendar. You can read more about all of our programs here.

A scavenger hunt activity for all ages is always available. We also have a gift shop, native garden, games, touch exhibits, interactive exhibits and more.

Additionally, we can host special activities like workshops or arts and crafts for groups upon request.

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Cachuma Lake Programs

Santa Barbara County offers additional programs at the Cachuma Lake Recreation Area

  • Guided Nature Walks
  • Junior Rangers (Ages 3+)
  • Wildlife Lake Cruises
  • Special programs at the Fireside Theatre
  • Live Music at Hook’d Bar & Grill

These programs are operated separately from the Neal Taylor Nature Center.

For information on what is being offered outside of the Nature Center during your visit at Cachuma Lake, click here.

or call the Park Naturalist office at (805) 688-4515

Visit Us

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

Hours & Info

Your contributions help!

The Neal Taylor Nature Center at Cachuma Lake is a 501(c)3 non-profit that runs completely on volunteers and donations.  Donations and volunteers help us maintain our exhibits, run events, and teach thousands of school children about the history and ecology of the Santa Ynez River Valley.

All donations can be made online, in person or by mail and are tax-deductable. We offer yearly memberships with special benefits. We also have residential volunteer camp host positions available.



Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)

Photo by Steve Udell