Gaviota Coast Natural History Beach Walk

Examine the geology of sea cliffs and the surfgrass community in tidepools along the beach between Haskell's Beach and Naples Reef. Led by S.B. naturalists Larry Ballard and Susie Bartz. Must preregister.

When: Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Call for location, Santa Barbara

Cost: Free - $20

Age limit: Not available

Categories: Trail Event


Four-mile round-trip beach walk. Advance registration is required and can be arranged by email to or by calling 693-5683. The trip is free to SYVNHS members and $20 for nonmembers.

Along this stretch of coast, the cliffs are mostly Monterey formation with folds, faults, asphalt seeps and layers of volcanic ash. Further west from Haskell's, the Monterey merges with the Sisquoc formation. In the intertidal zone, participants will see the specialized surfgrass limpet, along with a myriad of other tidepool organisms. Surfgrass is a particular focus of this trip, since it is one of only four flowering plants in the state that is adapted to a marine environment.

Larry Ballard has led many trips for the SYVNHS, as well as for UC Sedgwick Reserve, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, and Western Field Ornithologists. Susie Bartz was a geologist with the Dibblee Geology Center (Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History), which publishes the maps of legendary geologist Tom Dibblee. She assists community organizations to help bring an awareness of earth science to children, teachers and the general public.

Phone: 805-693-5683

Event posted Oct. 2, 2012
Last updated Oct. 2, 2012


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