Gaviota Coast Conservancy is dedicated to protecting the rural character and environmental integrity of the Gaviota Coast for present and future generations.

Gaviota: The End of Southern California World Premiere Screening and Reception at the Lobero Theater with the Santa Barbara International Film Festival! Trailer above


The Gaviota Coast, located in southern Santa Barbara County, includes the coastal watersheds between Coal Oil Point in Goleta, to Point Arguello on Vandenberg Air Force Base, and the remainder of Vandenberg's coast to Point Sal. The portion down-coast of Point Conception constitutes about 15% of Southern California's coast, yet contains approximately 50% of its remaining rural coastline.

The integrity of the Gaviota Coast is threatened by urbanization, rural McMansions and industrial development. Currently, five large ranches on the eastern Gaviota Coast are proposing residential developments with massive homes adjacent to sensitive habitat, sacred sites and on top of well-used coastal access trails. The County is proposing to build Costco-sized buildings on top of a landfill they operate in a small coastal canyon (Tajiguas), substantially increasing truck traffic through the Gaviota Coast. Four offshore platforms are linked to two oil processing plants by an array of oil and gas pipelines, and despite the devastating Refugio Oil Spill on May 19, Venoco is proposing to substantially expand drilling and production at platform Holly, just a mile from UCSB. 

To meet these challenges and preserve our coastal heritage, the Gaviota Coast Conservancy is dedicated to long-term strategies to permanently protect the Gaviota Coast.  Sign in and subscribe to notifications to hear about upcoming hearings, events, and opportunities. Contribute what you can to help us protect the Gaviota Coast, and thank you!



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    and help us continue to preserve our beautiful coastline and watersheds

    Sign in on the sidebar with email, Facebook or Twitter or Join our list to receive our emails. We send emails about once a month and ONLY share the list with Naples Coalition, an allied organization that focuses specifically on the Naples region of the Gaviota Coast. We send our biannual newsletter Coastlines in the Spring and Fall.

    Volunteer to build community support around the issues affecting the Gaviota Coast. Or call Janet Koed, (805) 683-6631.

    Donate to Gaviota Coast Conservancy. We are a volunteer organization that relies upon public support to continue our work. We cannot defend our coastal heritage without broad based community involvement. Please be generous, and thanks.

    Become a Member of Gaviota Coast Conservancy! For $50 your one-year membership includes exclusive members-only events and opportunities like hikes, adventures and parties, and advocacy updates, as well as our biannual newsletter, Coastlines

    Visit the Gaviota Coast! Be docents (to find out how, ask Janet). Use the access that we're fighting to maintain!

    Take pictures of your visits, and share them with us here.

    Help us document your Gaviota usage by filling out this quick online survey. To let us know which specific areas you visit, please click here. For more dedicated users, please fill out, sign, and mail us this print survey (please mail to: Gaviota Survey, PO Box 92233, Santa Barbara, California 93190)

    Attend Events by checking the Gaviota Coast Conservancy Event Calendar for dates and details of upcoming activities.

    Thank you for all you do!

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    Generous SeaVees Donation benefits Gaviota Coast Conservancy


    Many thanks to Steven Tiller, Macy McGinness and the staff of SeaVees shoes of Santa Barbara for their significant and very generous annual 1% For The Planet donation to Gaviota Coast Conservancy. We are proud and honored to have them as a partner in the 1% For The Planet program. SeaVees has again shown their commitment to protecting the rural character and environmental integrity of the Gaviota Coast and the Central Coast region. We're deeply grateful to SeaVees for their continued support and look forward to a long and rewarding relationship, including hikes and fun like the gathering held recently with board members and SeaVees staff at Naples. You guys are the best!




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  • Upcoming events

    Saturday, August 05, 2017 at 10:00 AM · $175.00 USD · 12 rsvps
    Santa Barbara Train Station in Santa Barbara, CA

    Gaviota Train

    All Aboard the Overland Trail!

     A Scenic Vintage Railcar Excursion

    to Benefit Gaviota Coast Conservancy 





    Join Gaviota Coast Conservancy board members for a Fiesta escapade to the hidden Gaviota Coast

    The Gaviota Coast is a rare jewel; view its secret sparkle from the comfort of superbly-restored vintage railcars. Spend a day with the leadership of Gaviota Coast Conservancy in comfort on a private railcar. We'll get you past the gate at Hollister Ranch, get to view Point Conception and see the launch facilities at Vandenberg AFB, before passing through the beautiful Edna Valley. On top of that, there will be a delicious picnic lunch from the chefs of Bacara Resort and Spa, with fine local wines.


    Point Conception is the “elbow” of the Gaviota Coast. It marks the beginning of the warmer Pacific Ocean and the end of its colder northern current. It is also the terrestrial divide of Central and Southern California. The Gaviota Coast is the meeting place of these two major marine and terrestrial ecosystems. Over 1400 terrestrial plants and animals live here. The ocean of the Santa Barbara channel is enriched by the meeting of northern and southern currents. Called "the Galapagos of the Northern Hemisphere", the place is special beyond compare.

    Join board members and docents of the Gaviota Coast Conservancy on this vintage railcar excursion

    departing 8/5/17,

    from Santa Barbara Train Depot,

    at 10:22 am (check-in 10 am)

    returning 4:32 pm

    with a stop to walk in San Luis Obispo (barring delays)

    Sponsor tickets are $250. A significant portion of the ticket price is deductible as a charitable contribution. Lunch and wine are included, as well as Sponsor recognition on the GCC website, annual GCC membership benefits, a set of Gaviota Coast cards by photographer Reeve Woolpert, and a Gaviota Coast Conservancy stainless pint cup.

    General tickets are $175, and include lunch and wine, with an annual GCC membership.

    Call Janet Koed at 805-683-6631 for more information and to make a reservation by phone, or purchase below. Get seats before they're gone! Seating is limited. Guests traveling with a friend can make reservations together or separately. Seating is general, and not reserved. Once purchased, tickets are non-refundable. They can be sold, however, or given to another person. 

    Thank you for supporting our work to preserve the Gaviota Coast!


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