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Walking Wednesdays

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Walking Wednesdays is a series of free, local walking tours around Santa Barbara during the Spring and Summer months.  COAST organizes these walks to promote safe, fun and educational walking in Santa Barbara, as part of our Santa Barbara Walks program umbrella. Each Walking Wednesday explores a different area and theme.

Walking Wednesdays are on the fourth Wednesday of the month from March thru September, starting at 5:30

Locations vary, and walks last until around 7:00 PM. Past docent leaders include former S.B. Mayor Hal Conklin, former City Planning Director Dave Davis, architects Jeff Shelton and Anthony Grumbine, Hope Ranch Annex resident Autumn Brook, Goleta Historian Fermina Murray, Riviera expert Karen Feeney, Sansum Clinic  Nutritionist Gerri French, SB Arts Fund Director Marcello Ricci and SB Trust for Historic Preservation Executive Director Anne Peterson.

We thank all our docents and our generous sponsors for enabling us to continue our popular Walking Wednesdays program for our eighth year in 2019:

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                          2019 Walking Wednesdays Schedule

March 27 – “Archaeological History Along the Santa Barbara Waterfront,” with John Johnson, Ph.D., Curator of Anthropology, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

Archaeological research demonstrates that Chumash Indians inhabited various locations along the Santa Barbara waterfront for many thousands of years.  We will visit those places and discuss what was learned from excavations that took place there.  We will share what is known regarding Chumash history and traditions associated with particular sites.

Dr. John Johnson has served for 33 years as Curator of Anthropology at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.  He specializes in Chumash cultural history and prehistory.

Meet at the ‘Plaza Del Mar’ sign near the corner of Castillo St. & Shoreline Dr.  Parking is available along Castillo St. or in the Pershing Park Ballfields/Carriage House parking lot.

April 24 – “Santa Barbara’s Waterfront: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow” with Dave Davis, former City of S.B. Community Development Director, current Water Commission chair and SB MTD Board Chair.

We’ll stroll west to east along Cabrillo Boulevard from the Harbor to Chase Palm Park.  We’ll be chatting about the major changes that have occurred historically to our shoreline and discuss the significant challenges that sea level rise due to climate change will mean for our future.

Meet on the West Beach-side walkway at the intersection of Cabrillo Blvd. & Bath Street, in front of the Sea Landing entrance way.

The one-way walk will be a little over 1 mile long.  Parking is available on-street in the West Beach neighborhood on and off Cabrillo, and in the Harbor parking lot near our starting point, and in the City lots at Garden Street and Cabrillo Boulevard near our ending point.

May 22 – “North Campus Open Space Exploration,” with Lisa Stratton, UCSB Director of Ecosystem Management, Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration (CCBER).

Join Lisa Stratton and her team for a moderate walk (about 3 miles) around the newly restored upper arms of Devereux Slough, known as North Campus Open Space (the former Ocean Meadows golf course). This project broke ground in January, 2017 and is being restored and planted with locally sourced native plants.  Bring your binoculars, sturdy/comfy shoes and questions.
Meet at the parking area at 6969 Whittier Dr., Goleta (off Storke Rd.)

June 26 – “Funk Zone Tour:  Another Perspective,” with John Ummel, Free Walking Tour SB.

July 24 – “An Architectural Walk of Historic Proportions,” with Anthony Grumbine, Principal Architect, Harrison Design, and Chair of Santa Barbara’s Historic Landmarks Commission.

August 28 – “Downtown Healthy Eats,” with Gerri French, MS, RDN, CDE, Sansum Clinic Diabetes Specialist and Nutritionist.

September 25 – “Affordable Housing Tour,” with Rob Fredericks, Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer, Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara.

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