Docents have been an integral piece to the education program at our Arroyo Hondo Preserve, enriching the experience of those who visit. Docents are trained by regional experts to lead educational hikes for adults and school groups at this gorgeous 782-acre nature preserve. The hikes feature on the history, botany, wildlife and geology of the preserve.

On January 16 from 12:30-1:30 pm join us for our monthly Lunch and Learn. This month’s topic is the Arroyo Hondo Preserve’s docent program from Sally Isaacson, Land Trust Education Coordinator. Bring your lunch to this informative event. Free and open to the public. RSVP [email protected].

More About the Arroyo Hondo Preserve

Called the “Jewel of the Gaviota Coast,” the 782-acre Arroyo Hondo Preserve is a magnificent canyon located west of Santa Barbara between Refugio State Beach and Gaviota State Park. The old ranch is rich in early California history and has an abundance of outstanding natural features.Within its steep canyon walls is a hidden place of extraordinary beauty and serenity. Cool, stream-side paths through the bay and sycamore trees transition into trails past ancient oak trees, tall yucca blooms and aromatic sages up the high ridges of the Santa Ynez Mountains. There, you are greeted with sweeping vistas of the Gaviota coastline and the distant islands of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. The watershed is home to thousands of plant and animal species, including several that are considered threatened or endangered. Purchased from the Hollister family in late 2001, Arroyo Hondo is now protected forever and managed by the Land Trust as a natural and historic preserve.