Empowering Our Community to Protect and Preserve the Environment

Explore Ecology is an environmental education and arts nonprofit located in Santa Barbara, California. We work with over 30,000 children a year, inspiring them to engage with the natural world, think critically, and experience the value of environmental stewardship. Explore Ecology programs include the Art From Scrap Creative ReUse Store and Gallery, Environmental Education, Watershed Resource Center, School Gardens, and ReUseSB.

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A Message to Our Community  

Your safety and the safety of our staff is of the utmost importance to us. We know that many of you are concerned about the COVID-19 virus, as are we. In order to take care of our staff and community, we have decided to temporarily close our Creative ReUse Store as a precaution. Our Art Workshops for children and adults are postponed until we re-open.  

Thank You for Your Understanding

We’ll keep you updated about our store hours and events. Follow us on social media for creative art projects you can do at home.

Explore Ecology Summer Camps 

We know what kids like – exploring the natural world, creating art, making new friends, and going on summertime adventures. We’ve been offering camps for over 18 years and love hanging out with happy campers! Reserve your spot now for one or all of our new summer camp sessions.    

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create
shop
celebrate
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OUR PROGRAMS

ART FROM
SCRAP

Visit our Creative ReUse Store, Art Workshop, and Gallery

WATERSHED
RESOURCE CENTER

Beach Cleanups, Watershed Education,
and Community Events

Environmental Education

Schedule Your Field Trip Today

SCHOOL
GARDENS

Growing Healthy Minds, Bodies,
and Little Green Thumbs

SUMMER CAMPS

• NATURAL ARTISTS
• ECOLOGY EXPLORERS
• INVENT, MAKE, PLAY
• BEACH EXPLORERS

OUR EVENTS

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We're not around right now. But you can send us an email and we'll get back to you, asap.