This month we are celebrating the local Western Yarrow, Achillea millefolium a member of the Sunflower Family.
The western yarrow is a diminutive gray- to green-leaved (more…)
2014 marks the Dunes Center’s fifteenth year of serving the Central Coast with high quality nature education programming. What started as an idea in the minds of concerned citizens has blossomed into a successful organization that provides educational opportunities to thousands of people each year. The Dunes Center is proof that your ideas can make a huge impact in the community! (more…)
Spring has been packed with field trips to Oso Flaco Lake. On these field trips, students explore various habitats; from plants in the riparian causeway, to unique birds on the lake, and even life on the beach. (more…)
This month we are highlighting the California Barberry(Berberis pinnata Lagasca). The California Barberry grows along rocky slopes and coastal bluffs in the coastal scrub, chaparral, woodlands and forests below 4000 ft. It can be found as far north as Oregon and as far south as Baja California. (more…)
Ceanothus range from ground huggers to small trees. Most shrubs grow to about 3-6 feet tall. Our garden’s Ceanothus is doing very well and is over 6-7 feet tall. The dominant flower color is blue varying from a light frosted blue to almost cobalt. Several Ceanothus have white flowers. (more…)
Years 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…)