Land Trust for Santa Barbara County



Our Vision
We envision a future with conserved lands throughout the county that engage and nourish both human and more-than-human lives. These conserved lands include productive family farms and ranches that succeed from generation to generation, healthy habitat to sustain and harbor wildlife and plants, and beautiful trails and open spaces that provide recreational gateways accessible to all.
What We Do
Since 1985, The Land Trust has worked with willing landowners, public and private grant agencies and other community organizations to protect, restore and manage open space, wildlife habitat and agricultural land in Santa Barbara County by: • Acquiring land and conservation easements through negotiation with willing private property owners, through charitable donation and purchase. • Creating conservation plans, restoration projects and incentives for landowners. Raising private donations and grants from government, foundations and  corporations to support land conservation. • Promoting the preservation, stewardship and restoration of wildlife habitat and watershed resources on the land we protect. • Educating both children and adults about ecology, agriculture and conservation through programs and events at Land Trust preserves. To date, The Land Trust has protected over 27,000 acres of land and has completed or is underway on close to twenty habitat restoration, open space and trail projects.

Mission Statement

The Land Trust for Santa Barbara County conserves natural resources, agricultural land and open spaces for the benefit of present and future generations.

Program Details

NextGen Internship Program

Our NextGen internship program creates mentorship and paid growth opportunities for the next generation of conservationists, equipping them to continue the work of conserving land and natural resources. Interns focus on community outreach and engagement through emergent technologies, sharpening existing skills and developing new ones. Interns will work to create meaningful content and engage our diverse audience including land owners, people involved in farming and ranching, current Land Trust members and their families, other conservation and outdoor recreation groups, college students and faculty, and foundation trustees. To learn more, please visit

Volunteer Program

The Land Trust for Santa Barbara County relies heavily on volunteers to keep our preserves open to the public and the ecosystems healthy. We’d love for you to join one of our teams!
Visit for more information on specific volunteer opportunities.

Nature Education Programs


The Arroyo Hondo Preserve is open on Mondays and Wednesdays for school and community tours by advance reservation only. It is an ideal setting for field trips where students can learn about riparian habitats, watersheds, food chains, Chumash and California history, geology, plants and animals. Please contact for more information.


An outdoor classroom with log seating, interpretive displays, a native plant garden and access to the Goleta Monarch Butterfly Grove, where tens of thousands of Monarch butterflies come to overwinter, generally from the beginning of December through the middle of February, is perfect for field trips and school groups. Visit our page on the Coronado Butterfly Preserve for more information.


Carpinteria Salt Marsh Nature Park Docent Program: Docents are available to lead school and community groups on educational walks through the Carpinteria Salt Marsh Nature Park. Contact the City of Carpinteria, Parks & Recreation Department at (805) 684-5405 for more information.


The Sedgwick Reserve offers numerous programs for schools through their Kids in Nature program introducing under-served 4th to 6th graders to science and the environment in Santa Barbara’s North County. Please contact Sedgwick Reserve at (805) 686-1941.
Primary Issue
PO Box 91830
Santa Barbara, CA 93190
United States
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