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Land Trust Treks

Land Trust Treks are a free, public series of guided hikes for the community to explore scenic Santa Barbara County and to meet your local Land Trust.

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In the News: Land Trust Receives $500,000 Mystery Gift for Gaviota Overlook

The news of the anonymous $500,000 gift the Land Trust received at the end of February for Gaviota Overlook made headlines recently! GET THE STORIES:

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Birding with Ted Mullen

Join the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County and Ted Mullen, a local wildlife biologist with over 25 years of experience, for a morning of birding. We will take a walk through the canyon focusing on the sights and sounds of the valley and its avian inhabitants. Ted is a trained ornithologist and avid bird...

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News Stories

03.15.2023 NEWS

Press Release: Anonymous $500,000 Received for Gaviota Overlook

GAVIOTA COAST, CA—The Land Trust for Santa Barbara County launched a community fundraising campaign on Valentine’s Day to raise $750,000 to add 48 acres of rolling hills with views along the Gaviota shoreline to the Arroyo Hondo Preserve, expanding public access for the first time in twenty years. At the end of February, an anonymous...

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03.01.2023 NEWS

THE LAND: Fall 2022 Newsletter

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02.17.2023 NEWS

Press Release: The Land Trust’s Valentine to SB County: Growing Arroyo Hondo Preserve

GAVIOTA COAST, CA—The Land Trust for Santa Barbara County has been working to purchase 48-acres of rolling hills along U.S. Route 101 State Scenic Highway and next door to the Arroyo Hondo Preserve. A Valentine to the communities of Santa Barbara County, the Land Trust is launching a public campaign to raise $750,000 needed to...

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02.17.2023 NEWS

In the News: The Land Trust’s Valentine to YOU!

On Valentine’s Day, the Land Trust launched the public phase of the Gaviota Overlook campaign. Help us raise $750,000 to add 48-acres of rolling coastal grassland known as Gaviota Overlook to the Arroyo Hondo Preserve! Lance Orozco from KCLU Radio toured the property with Land Trust executive director Meredith Hendricks and staff, listen or read...

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11.11.2022 NEWS

Arroyo Hondo Preserve in the Santa Maria Times

Mike Hodgson of the Santa Maria Times interviewed Land Trust Executive Director Meredith Hendricks about welcoming the public back to the Arroyo Hondo Preserve for the first time since the Alisal Fire in October 2021.  Action link: Read the full story here. 

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Upcoming Events


Visit Arroyo Hondo Preserve

The Arroyo Hondo Preserve is open to the public on the first and third full weekends of each month, advanced reservations required.

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Help shape our county’s future.

Iconic views, locally grown food, fresh water, clean air, recreation access, thriving wildlife habitat—it’s all here in Santa Barbara County and when you give to the Land Trust, you invest in the protection of the places you love.

Help Us Expand Arroyo Hondo Preserve!

Help the Land Trust expand Arroyo Hondo with the addition of Gaviota Overlook—permanently prevent highly visible development along this iconic stretch of coastline and help us achieve $750,000 in fundraising.