Give Back to the Community
To make a monetary donation online, click the “DONATE NOW” button below.
Cash or check donations can be dropped off in-person at the Nature Center or mailed to our address at:
Neal Taylor Nature Center
2265 Highway 154,
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Donations can be made in person during our open hours, Thursday-Saturday 10am-4pm and Sunday 10am-2pm. Or, they can be dropped off in the donation box in the breezeway to the left of the Nature Center main entrance.
Donate Goods & Services
We commonly accept taxidermy animals, photo prints, art pieces, books, historical artifacts, geological specimens, jewelry and more.
We use these items in our exhibits, to sell in our gift shop, offer in raffles, or sell online.
We also accept gifted services such as transportation of goods, photography, legal services and more.
All Donations Are Tax Deductable
As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, The Neal Taylor Nature Center at Cachuma Lake runs completely on donations, grants and memberships. Therefore we always welcome private gifts and donations. Gifts to the Nature Center may be made in a variety of ways including cash, stocks, and personal bequests. All donations are tax-deductible as allowed by the IRS.
Monetary gifts may be unrestricted and used where the need is greatest, or may be designated for a specific project or need. Donations help us to continue teaching thousands of children yearly, to maintain the Nature Center building and grounds, to operate special programs, to update our exhibits, and more.
Gifts may be made in memory of friends or relatives, to honor the living, or in commemoration of special events.
Planned gifts may offer benefit options to you and your family as well as to the Nature Center. You may wish to consult an attorney, accountant, or financial planner to assist with details of establishing such a gift. All gifts and donations become the property of the Neal Taylor Nature Center and it retains the right to determine use, access, and disposition.
All offers of potential additions to the collections, goods, services, and cash are greatly appreciated and help to enhance the resources of the Nature Center.
Belong at the Nature Center
Your membership to the Neal Taylor Nature Center helps in supporting the various exhibits, programs, events and activities offered.
Some of our membership benefits include:
• Discounts at the Nature Center Gift Shop
• Annual passes to Santa Barbara Parks
• Lake Cruise passes
• Invitations to special nature center events
For more information, see our Membership Levels & Benefits.
Tributes & Memorials
Memorialize a loved one and leave a lasting impression at the Nature Center with a special plaque and optional QR code that links to more information.
Throughout the Native Garden fountains, benches, and trees are available to bear the names of those that families and friends would like to hold in memory or tribute.
We appreciate the generosity of our memorial and tribute donors and those that they honor.
Such gifts sustain the Nature Center’s operations so that we may continue to be a place of discovery and learning for visitors of all ages!
Give the Gift of Your Time
Volunteers and Camp Hosts are the heart, passion, and backbone of the Nature Center. We are always looking for people with different skills and abilities to help us out!
California Scrub Jay (Aphelocoma californicaa)