Restorative Yoga and Dune Retsoration at Guadalupe County Park

i Feb 28th l No Comments 3 by Dunes Center

700x300Years ago, ice plant was introduced to the dunes in an attempt to stabilize the movement of the sand. However, because ice plant is not native to the dunes habitat, it has had a damaging effect on the ecosystem. In an attempt to restore the Rancho Guadalupe Dunes Preserve to its natural habitat, Santa Barbara County Parks is continuously trying to pull the invasive ice plant from the dunes. (more…)

Guadalupe Students In the Dunes

i Feb 28th l No Comments 3 by Dunes Center

700x300Thanks to a grant from NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Agency, the Cachuma Resource Conservation District and the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center has teamed up to administer the B-WET program, an environmental education program that promotes locally relevant and experiential  learning. (more…)

Dunes in Bloom: Black Sage

i Feb 6th l Comments Off 3 by Dunes Center

Black sageThis month at the Native Garden we are celebrating the an early spring flowering beauty, Salvia mellifera or Black Sage.  Black sage is distinctive in being a shrub with woody stems.  The flowers appear from February through July and are in compact whorls spaced two to three inches apart on the main stem and are usually a pale blue or lavender color, and rarely a pale rose color. Black sage is so named because of the dark whorls of dried flowers that remain on the stems at the end of the season. (more…)

Dune Forum Student Authors Sign Their Published Work

i Jan 31st l No Comments 3 by Dunes Center

Author signing 700x300Last summer, the Dunes Center piloted our first ever creative writing program in various elementary and middle schools around the Central Coast. The goal of this course was to teach students to analyze and appreciate nature through their writing and artwork. Each week, the Dunes Center’s education intern, Hanna Navarro, taught students a lesson about the local dunes ecosystem. Students would then write poems and stories about what inspired them in the lesson. (more…)

Art Exhibition Opens January 10th

i Jan 25th l No Comments 3 by Dunes Center

Jules Reuter Roadscape 2 700x300This winter, the Dunes Center is fortunate to host artist, Jules Reuter and his exhibition, “On the Road.” Jules was inspired on two road trips across the United States, traveling by train from Guadalupe to Newark, New Jersey and by car up Highway One to the Olympic Peninsula in Washington and east to Montana. (more…)

Intern Program Provides Important Experiences for College Students

i Jan 10th l No Comments 3 by Dunes Center

interns2014 700x300It is incredible to see how our intern program has grown. Since its establishment, the focus of the intern program was to introduce local college students to the importance of environment education of young students and provide skills that will make them stronger members of the professional community. (more…)