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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 initiative. 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. Docents in 2017 included former S.B. City Planning Director Dave Davis, architect Jeff Shelton, Goleta Historian Fermina Murray, Riviera expert Karen Feeney, Sansum 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 seventh year in 2018:

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2019 Walking Wednesdays Schedule

March 27 –  “Archaeological History Along the Santa Barbara Waterfront,” 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 band shell in Pershing Park (100 Castillo St.).

April 24 –   “Sea Level Rise and the Waterfront,” Dave Davis, Former City of SB Community Development Director and SBMTD Board Member

May 22 –  “North Campus Open Space,” Lisa Stratton, Director of Ecosystem Management, Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration

Join Lisa Stratton, Director of Ecosystem Management at UCSB’s Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration (CCBER) and her team for a walk (~ 3 miles) around the newly restored upper arms of Devereux Slough, known as North Campus Open Space. This project broke ground in January 2017 and is being planted with locally sourced native plants.
Meet at the parking area at ~ 6969 Whittier Dr, Goleta.
Bring your binoculars  and questions.

June 26 –  “Funk Zone Tour,” John Ummel, Free Walking Tour SB

July 24 – 

August 28 –

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

For more information contact COAST at

Check our Facebook page or here monthly for updates, and contact us at if you have a suggestion for a walk or would like to lead one.