We are excited to be hosting our annual fundraiser for education programs, the Mission Creek Soiree, on Saturday, May 18. For this special event, the Museum Backyard, Santa Barbara Gallery, Mammal Hall, and Bird Halls are temporarily closed to the public. The Museum will close early at 3:30 PM. But don't worry, there's plenty more to explore all over campus, including a sneak peek of our new dinosaur exhibit Prehistoric Forest!

Nature Collection

The Nature Collection is an educational loan service that offers a wide array of resource materials for educators to use in their classrooms. The Nature Collection Memberships are available to teachers, librarians, and other educators.

  • Individual Nature Collection Membership $60
  • Full school membership $300. ($150 for schools with 10 or fewer teachers)
    (Must include staff roster and names of parents entitled to pick up/return items)

Days and Hours of Operation

Nature Collection is available by appointment on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 2:00-5:00PM (subject to availability).

To schedule an appointment, contact Justin Canty at 805-682-4711 ext. 162 or email jcanty@sbnature2.org .

Please make appointment requests at least 24 hours in advance.

An active Nature Collection membership is required to check-out items. Memberships can be purchased or renewed during appointment

What can be borrowed?

  • Taxidermy mounts of mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians
  • Marine life specimens
  • Bird nests and eggs
  • Geology and paleontology specimens
  • Animal skeletons, bones, and skins
  • Chumash Indian artifact reproductions
  • Curriculum kits
  • Books and other media focusing on natural history topics

How does the Membership work?

  • Members may check out materials on a first-come, first serve basis. No reservations or holds except on the day member intends to check out item.
  • Each member may check out up to 6┬áitems* for two weeks. Overdue fines: $1 per item, per day.
    (* 4 mounted specimens and 2 curriculum kits max per checkout, plus an unlimited number of books)
  • Checkout and return of items are the personal responsibility of the Member. Overdue, lost or damaged items will incur additional fees.

Information: Justin Canty, Director of Education (Interim Staff for Nature Collection) at jcanty@sbnature2.org or call 805-682-4711 ext. 162.