Learn About Nature and Local History
at the Neal Taylor Nature Center
Our indoor museum features five separate rooms that highlight the indigenous Chumash tribe, local history, geology, plants and animals of Santa Barbara County. We have several taxidermy mammal, fish and bird specimens.
The indoor exhibits are open Thursdays-Saturdays 10am-4pm and Sundays 10am-2pm.
Our Native Plant Garden is behind the nature center, and is open during all park hours. It has a short interpretive trail that is wheelchair accessible.
All native plants are labeled and have a QR code so you can learn more in-depth information about each of the plants and their Chumash uses.
(Donation slot on side door of garage, inside the breeze way)
Live Bird Exhibit
Whenever our indoor exhibit is open, we also have bird feeders out so bird watchers can observe the local avian species gather here. Visitors regularly spot hummingbirds, scrub jays, bluebirds, waxwings, woodpeckers, and so many more!
Live Bat Exhibit
“Going Batty” at the Nature Center is our Native Bat program that includes weekly talks during May-September when the migrating bats make their home in our bat boxes. Visitors can visit our bat boxes in our native garden any day of the week at dusk to watch the bats drop out of their boxes to feed.
(Donation slot on side door of garage, inside the breeze way or make a cash donation during the “Going Batty” workshop)
Don Wimpress Trail
Enjoy this 1/2 mile hike that starts and ends at the Nature Center. Click the button below to access the trail guide and read about the flora and fauna found, along with a map of this “Easy” rated trail. The path is not paved and does have a few spots with uneven ground.
Volunteer With Us!
Seasonal opportunities and residential camp host positions are available. Apply now!
Come by the nature center and enjoy our exhibits, weekly and seasonal events, book sales, workshops, gift shop and more!
Hours & Info
California Quail (Callipepla californica)