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.

Food 4 Thought Lecture Series

Food 4 Thought Lecture Series

Sunday, October 1, 2023 2:00 PM Birds in Black…and Blue Corvids of Santa Ynez Valley Presented by: Dennis and Jess Beebe Dennis and Jess will highlight the natural history of […]

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01 October 2023
Creepy Creatures

Creepy Creatures

In celebration of Halloween, local experts showcase live snakes, scorpions, spiders, owls, bats and more. There will also be exhibits of animal bones, skulls, and preserved specimens and arts and […]

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21 October 2023
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!

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Volunteer With Us

Seasonal opportunities and residential camp host positions are available. Apply now!


Photo by Steve Udell

Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)

Photo by Steve Udell