Hooked on Books
On-Going Book and Treasures Sale Saturdays 10am – 2pm
October 15, 2016 (with Creepy Creatures program)
November 26, 2016 (Thanksgiving weekend)
January 14, 2017 (Martin Luther King Jr. weekend)
February 18, 2017 (President’s Day weekend)
April 22, 22017 (Fish Derby weekend)
May 6 or 13, 2017 (with Saving Wildlife program)
May 27, 2017 (Memorial Day weekend)
June 24, and July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2017
Love books? Come help us continue the Hooked on Books sales! Everything is donated & all funds raised go to support the wonderful Neal Taylor Nature Center.
You can help by DONATING books and other items to be sold or by coming by and browsing & then PURCHASING from our hundreds of organized books. It has been organized like a library.so everything is easy to find. If you would like to donate items - the following things are needed:
Books of all kinds, children's books and coloring books, CDs, videos, DVDs, books on tape or CD, recent issue magazines, jigsaw puzzles, board games, playing cards/chips/dice, maps and charts, plus all those things fun to shop for like toys, costume jewelry, knick-knacks and do-dads, teddies and Beanie Babies, craft items , stationery and note cards and related items.
You can drop off your donations at any sale or at the Nature Center Tuesday-Sunday.
Thank you and hope to see you at any or all of our upcoming Hooked on Books Sales throughout the year.
Going "Batty" at the Nature Center
Every Saturday eve Memorial Day weekend through end of September 2017
Start times are at dusk and depend on the time of year but range between 7 and 8 p.m. Meet behind the Nature Center for a FREE talk and living exhibit of our local bats and watch them come out to feed. The presentation will be made by a Nature Center Docent.
Food for Thought Speaker Series
(Sunday in June from 2-4pm)
This lecture program focuses on a cultural, environmental or historical area of interest in the Cachuma Lake and Santa Ynez Watershed. The program is held in the main exhibit hall of the Nature Center and is open to volunteers, members, and the general public. The presentation is free with park admission.
Kids Fishing Workshop
Saturday July 15, 2017; 8:45am - 12 Noon
Offered every July the workshop allows kids to learn some of the basics of fishing. The program begins with a short talk on fishing in general and an introduction of the teachers for the day. There are five or so stations to which small groups then rotate for a 15-20 minutes lesson. They learn about: tying knots, kinds of fish in the lake, salt water fishing, casting, where to fish on the lake, fly fishing. Volunteer anglers participate in teaching the kids these fundamentals. Santa Barbara County Fish and Game Commission underwrite these workshops. Attendance is limited to 50 kids ages 7 - 15. There is no fee for this event. Contact us at Julie@clnaturecenter.org to register!
Nature Center Detectives:
July & August 2017 - Every Friday & Saturday 2 to 3p.m.
Learn more about nature in our area in a fun and interactive manner. Fridays feature a scavenger hunt, Saturdays is a game like jeopardy.
In celebration of Halloween, local volunteers showcase their Creepy Creatures; live bats, snakes, scorpions, spiders, and owls. There are also exhibits of animal bones, skulls and preserved specimens. Witches serve popcorn and punch and there is face-painting, too. This free event is cosponsored by the Santa Barbara Parks Department and the Santa Barbara Zoo.
Trout in the Classroom ~October & March~
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, first-hand environment. Visitors are able to observe raising trout from eggs to fry and Nature Center volunteers are on hand to answer questions. The final result is an aquarium full of trout fry, each over one inch in length that will eventually be released to a pre-approved site by the Department of Fish and Wildlife. We have two sessions every year that span from 2 – 3 months in length. Our last two sessions have each produced over 75 trout fry. The Neal Taylor Nature Center Trout in the Classroom program is sponsored by The Santa Barbara Flyfishers club. The club has been an active Trout in the Classroom (TIC) supporter for many years and sponsors two TIC sessions per year involving many local schools on the central coast in addition to the Nature Center. Trout eggs are picked up from the Fillmore Hatchery and personally delivered to each participating location. The final result is an aquarium full of trout fry that are released into a state-approved body of water. This program's goal is to reconnect an increasingly urbanized population of youth to the system of streams, rivers and watersheds that sustain them. It is one of the living exhibits at the Nature Center and is a favorite.