Our mission:

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


Gaviota beach image by Reeve Woolpert

The Three Pillars

Gaviota Coast Conservancy's actions are guided by what we call the Three Pillars of the Gaviota Coast, each one an integral and interconnected support that together fulfill our mission. Each can have separate application to specific lands. They are:

rural character

Preserve the rural character of the Gaviota Coast and where appropriate, encourage regenerative agriculture. Agriculture is the bedrock of our coastal heritage. We encourage agricultural practices that build soil, manage water wisely, avoid toxic chemicals and support biological resources. 

ecological integrity

Restore and enhance the ecological integrity of the Gaviota Coast, its whole and undivided natural character. Support policies and practices that promote and revitalize biological diversity.

and public access

 Encourage appropriate and respectful public use and access. Recreation and rejuvenation are personal and community benefits. People that experience their environment become more active stewards of their homeland. 


Rancho Tajiguas, 1970s, photo by Mehosh, used with permission

  • Upcoming events

    Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 06:00 AM · $20.00 USD
    Goleta Beach in Goleta, CA

    Conservancy Classic

    Join Gaviota Coast Conservancy and the Sportfishing Conservancy for a great day on the coast along with a chance to win a fishing kayak and other great prizes. Proceeds go to support the Gaviota Coast Conservancy’s conservation and access mission.

    Anglers can compete mano a mano on the beach, in kayaks or on stand up paddleboards, vying for prizes including fishing tackle in addition to an awesome kayak. Competition starts at 6:30 am (or later for less early risers) on Saturday August 24. Home base for the tourney will be on the grass near the pier at Goleta Beach Park - anglers need to check in before hitting the water, after registering and paying in advance, on https://www.sportfishingconservancy.org/index.php/events/conservancy-classic or at the event.

    Entry is $20 for adults and includes goody bag with tackle and raffle tickets. Everyone, regardless of skill, has chances to win the kayak. Kids 15 and under can fish free on a “scholarship” from local realtor Marco Farrell. Kids under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Don't forget to get a fishing license unless you are fishing from a pier.

    Plaques and prizes will be awarded to top finishers. For information, please email info@sportfishingconservancy.org or call 805-895-3000 and leave a message. 

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    GCC is Honoring Jack and Laura Dangermond

    On September 21, 2019, the Gaviota Coast Conservancy will honor Jack and Laura Dangermond for their outstanding conservation work at Coastal Legacy 2019


    Jack and Laura Dangermond

    In 2017, Jack and Laura preserved in perpetuity the largest privately owned ranch on the Gaviota Coast. The Jack and Laura Dangermond Preserve now protects over 24,000 acres in Santa Barbara County.

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