Raiders of the Lost Sphinx – a “Tail” of Archaeological Proportion, Part 2

i Jun 6th l No Comments 3 by Erin Gardner

Ten Commandments Buried Sphinx

In last week’s blog post, we talked about DeMille and his Lost City left behind in the dunes of Guadalupe.

This week, we are going to answering the jackpot question: Where are we now?

We last left off with the restoration of these awesome artifacts. But how do we do it?


Raiders of the Lost Sphinx – a “Tail” of Archaeological Proportion, Part 1

i May 1st l No Comments 3 by Erin Gardner


One of the most popular exhibits at the Dunes Center showcases artifacts from Cecil B. DeMille’s original 1923 silent epic, The Ten Commandments. People from miles around come to see the amazing pieces left behind in the dunes after filming – but how did we get our paws on them in the first place?


5 Reasons Outdoor Education Rules!

i Apr 23rd l No Comments 3 by Erin Gardner

Coreopsis Hill-081 

Here at the Dunes Center, we love getting students outdoors – it provides them an opportunity to see firsthand all the ideas they are learning about in the classroom.

Students on field trips to Oso Flaco Lake experience spectacular habitats that make the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Complex one of the Central Coast’s beautiful treasures. Here are five reasons why we think it’s so important to learn outside:


Dunes in Flight: Green Heron

i Oct 29th l No Comments 3 by Dunes Center


While on our field trip to Oso Flaco Lake last week, some students noticed a funny looking bird in the reeds. “Why is that bird standing like that?”, they asked of the green-feathered bird that appeared to be crouching over the water. I explained that it was a Green Heron (Butorides virescens), and that it was probably on the lookout for some food.


Junior Archaeologists in San Luis Obispo

i Oct 5th l Comments Off 3 by Dunes Center


October is Archaeology Month here in California, and to kick it off the Dunes Center teamed up with San Luis Obispo County Archaeological Society (SLOCAS) to host the second annual Archaeology Day.

Over 380 community members joined us for some good old-fashioned dig-in-the-dirt fun and learned about the science of archaeology while earning their Junior Archaeologist badge.

The passport-style activities had participants visiting stations that focused on different steps of the archaeological process from surveying to excavation to artifact analyzation. Once they completed each station and filled up their booklet, they had become certified Junior Archaeologists!

The Dunes Center hosted a booth near the entrance to the event where we were able to showcase the many programs we have to offer. Our artifacts from Cecil B. DeMille’s 10 Commandments movie set along with our sand art station were a huge hit with passersby. This wonderful event gave the Dunes Center a perfect avenue to show the public all the ways that we work with the community and bring awareness to our exciting new exhibits showcased in the museum.

Overall, Archaeology Day was a huge success; fun was had by all and both kids and adults alike learned about what archaeology has to offer. Thank you to all who came out to celebrate the science of deciphering the past, and to those who didn’t – we’ll see you next year!

Dunes in Bloom: Hemlock

i May 28th l No Comments 3 by Dunes Center



Common Name(s): Poison hemlock

Scientific Name: Conium maculatum

Family: Apiaceae 

Plant Type: Herb

Communities: Wetland-Riparian

Size: 5-8 ft tall