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 Membership $60
  • School Membership $150 (up to 10 teachers)
  • School Membership $300 (10+ teachers)
  • Membership is valid for one year
  • Two week loan period (extensions upon request)


Days and Hours of Operation

Nature Collection is aligned with the traditional school year schedule and operates Wednesday, September 11 through May.
Mondays & Wednesdays 3:00–5:00 PM and Sundays by appointment

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

Nature Collection

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 items* 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: Nature Collection at or call 805-682-4711 ext. 122.