Museum Backyard & Nature Club House
Located just beyond the Pavilion, the renovated and ADA-accessible Museum Backyard is a nature play area nestled in the oak woodland along Mission Creek. It is open daily from 10:00 AM-5:00 PM and free with paid Museum admission.
Backyard features include:
- Nature Club House: A naturalist-staffed cabin featuring touchable objects and live animal and insect interactions. Also includes an ADA-accessible restroom.
- Boardwalk: A beautiful new elevated walkway that winds through forest and creek, making nature accessible to all.
- Bio Builders Zone: Guests can build forts and create inspirational nature art, using natural materials.
- Create Zone: Guests are invited to explore, make mud pies, and get a little messy as they literally get in touch with the earth.
- Backyard Creek: Our new and much-improved creek in the woods sets the scene for relaxation, exploration, and play for guests of all ages.
- Play Stage: Put on a show, see a live animal, or check out a Museum production. You never know what you’ll discover on stage.
- Excavate a Fossil: Guests can check out paleontologist tools from a Naturalist, and help the Museum reveal real fossils hidden in the rocks. What will you discover? Chip away and find out.
- Sensory Garden: Guests can enjoy a sensory experience with local plants.
- Eyes in the Sky Aviary: Home to six rehabilitated raptors - Max the Great Horned Owl, Ivan the Red-tailed Hawk, Kisa the Peregrine Falcon, Athena the Barn Owl, Puku the Western Screech Owl, and Kanati the American Kestrel. Eyes in the Sky is Santa Barbara Audubon Society's key wildlife education program featuring birds of prey that can no longer survive in the wild. For more information, visit www.santabarbaraaudubon.org.
Want to explore the outdoors more?
- Download our nature exploration guides:
- Birds of Santa Barbara - A Guide for Youth & Adults
- Birding Expedition 1: Andree Clark Bird Refuge
- Birding Expedition 2: Arroyo Burro Beach
- Birding Expedition 3: Lake Los Carneros
- Birding Expedition 4: Oak Woodland at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
- A Kids' Guide to Backyard Critters
- How to Raise Wooly Bear Caterpillars
- Santa Barbara Bugs
- Understanding Bird Language
- Start a Family Nature Club
- Learn about the Children and Nature Network