SERCAL is proud to offer this fine variety of fieldtrips to our conference schedule. Many thanks to the fieldtrip leaders and organizations for their time and energy!

When selecting a fieldtrip, please note the start/end times as well as what you can expect and what you should bring.

Please watch for updates on prior to the conference and at the SERCAL administrative table at the conference. If a fieldtrip reaches maximum capacity before the conference, a waiting list will be maintained til the conference closing, April 11, 5pm.

A $20 administration fee is required to reserve your spot on a fieldtrip. Refunds will only be issued if your fieldtrip choice does not have any openings.

Whittier pond emptying into Devereux Slough during the heavy rain on February 2, 2019.

Whittier pond emptying into Devereux Slough during the heavy rain on February 2, 2019.

North Campus Open Space: Restoration of the Upper Arms of Devereux Slough and Mesa On this 2–2.5 hour tour, led by Darwin Richardson, Project Manager, you will walk about 2.5 miles, see birds and diverse locally sourced native plants, and learn about the history of this 100-acre restoration of a filled estuary. UC Santa Barbara’s Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration (CCBER) has seen this project through from the beginning and currently employs more than 45 students and 20 staff on the project. The tour will cover information from the land purchase in 2013 through grant writing, goal setting, design, and implementation in 2017, to monitoring results to date. The project is designed to be adaptive to sea level rise, document carbon sequestration benefits, support rare species and other wildlife, as well as provide extensive education and outreach for students of all ages.

We will also walk through several adjacent, more established restoration projects implemented by CCBER over the years and learn about how CCBER has scaled up from 6 acre projects to this project through the use of apps, drill seeding, students and volunteers, and more.


Meet at 8:30am at 6969 Whittier Drive (Google Maps will get you there). Fieldtrip ends at approx. 11am.

Plan on wearing walking shoes (at least tennis shoes) and walking on uneven terrain. Hats, water, and binoculars recommended. Not too hilly or steep — about 80% flat with a short incline on a dirt trail.

Maximum Number of Participants: Parking lot can hold about 20 cars and if more than 25 sign up (and carpool), we could potentially split into multiple groups with different members of the staff.



Impacts to the Southern Santa Barbara County Steelhead Streams by the Thomas Fire and Debris Flows — The devastating Thomas Fire in December 2017, and subsequent debris flows in January 2018 through 2019, have negatively impacted riparian and steelhead habitat in the Santa Barbara and Ventura Region. On this field tour, led by South Coast Habitat Restoration, we will visit creeks in Santa Barbara County and see the impact which occurred and the recovery to date. The tour will stop at various locations showing fish passage projects, debris basins and community efforts to deal with recovery and preparedness towards future disasters.


Meet at the conference center at 8:30am; we will return around 2:00pm. The California Conservation Corps should be able to provide vans as long as staff is not needed for firefighting; in that case, carpooling is encouraged.

Sturdy walking shoes, hats, sunscreen, water, and snacks recommended, as well as binoculars for bird-watching. Terrain is sloped and rocky at times but steep slopes and rocks can be avoided by staying on trails. Lunch not provided; there will be an opportunity to stop and purchase a sandwich/salad.

Maximum Number of Participants: 25



Arroyo Burro Watershed Restoration — The City of Santa Barbara Creeks Restoration and Water Quality Improvement Division’s mission is to restore riparian habitat and improve surface water quality throughout the City of Santa Barbara. Several restoration and water quality improvement projects have been completed throughout the Arroyo Burro Watershed. This tour, led by Creeks Restoration Planner Erin Markey, will take you from the upper Arroyo Burro Watershed to the creek mouth at Arroyo Burro (Hendry’s) Beach to look at four different creek restoration projects in the watershed. Field tour stops include: the Barger Canyon Restoration Project, on a 15-acre property in the upper watershed which was previously in a degraded state from past land use practices, and was restored to a more historic condition in 2016; the Upper Las Positas Creek Restoration Project, completed in 2008, which combined native habitat restoration and stormwater management features to recreate wetland habitat on a tributary to Arroyo Burro on the City’s municipal golf course; a recently completed project at the Arroyo Burro Open Space Park, a 21-acre property in the lower watershed at which floodplain connectivity and riparian habitat was restored; and lastly, the Arroyo Burro Estuary Restoration and Mesa Creek Daylighting Project, which was completed in 2007.


Meet at the conference center at 8:30am; we will return around 3:30pm. The City will provide two 15-passenger vans. Before the fieldtrip departs, participants will have to sign a short waiver to ride in a City vehicle and participate in the tour.

Please bring sun protection, water, sturdy shoes, snacks and a bag lunch. We will be walking on trails with potentially steep or uneven terrain.

Maximum Number of Participants: 25



Jack and Laura Dangermond Preserve and S & S Seeds Los Alamos Garden Center — In December 2017, The Nature Conservancy acquired the 25,000-acre Bixby Ranch at Point Conception through the extremely generous donation by Jack and Laura Dangermond. The beautiful oak woodlands, coastal terrace, coastal sage scrub foothills, and eight miles of coastline will be protected as the Jack and Laura Dangermond Preserve. Our vision is to create a world-class preserve dedicated to preservation and restoration, science and research, and environmental education. This part of the tour, led by Restoration Project Manager Laura Riege, will provide a brief glimpse into this special place — home to 54 special status species including 14 threatened and endangered species (6 animals and 8 plants). TNC is embarking on six restoration projects; this tour will visit three of them — 300 acres of ice plant treatment from coastal prairie, 200 acres of oak restoration, and a small project on a coastal bluff. Come see the “before” phase of these projects and learn about TNC’s other plans for the Preserve.


S&S is working with TNC on seed collection and propagation for the restoration projects. After visiting the Dangermond Preserve in the morning, the tour will visit S & S Seeds’ production facility in Los Alamos where a BBQ lunch will be provided, followed by a tour of the production fields, seed cleaning and conditioning mill, and the trial/demonstration garden where you will see nearly 100 California native species on display and in various states of maturity. This ranch is one of the few California native seed production farms in the state. S & S Seeds’ Ben and Jody Miller will share their approach in ensuring that the highest quality, local ecotype seed material is available for restoration and mitigation projects.


We will gather in Santa Barbara (location TBD) at 8:00, leave by 8:15 in 2 vans provided by S&S Seeds. Travel to Dangermond Preserve, arriving by 9:30. Tour three future restoration sites. Depart Dangermond at noon. Arrive at S&S Production Facility in Los Alamos at 1:00. Lunch provided by S&S. Tour facility and leave by 4:30 pm. Return to Santa Barbara at 5:20 pm.

Bring sturdy walking shoes, hat, binocs, water bottles and dress in layers as it can be windy and cold or warm, depending on where you are. Photos allowed for personal use only, TNC has a strict “no social media” policy. Photos are encouraged at the S & S Seeds production ranch.

Maximum Number of Participants: 30