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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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2018 Walking Wednesdays Schedule


SPECIAL DATE!!! May 30A Behind the Scenes Tour of the Santa Barbara Arts District,” Hal Conklin, former Mayor of Santa Barbara and first Co-Director of the Community Environmental Council

Hal Conklin, former Mayor of Santa Barbara and first Co-Director of the CEC will lead participants on a unique behind the scenes tour of the heart of our Arts District, the Granada and Arlington Theaters.  He will speak about his involvement with these locations, along with sharing the fascinating history of these local landmarks.

Walk will start at the foyer of the Granada Theater (1214 State St).

June 27 –Confluence and Crossroads – Hope Ranch Annex at the Junction of Modoc and Hollister“, Autumn Brook, Landscape Contractor and Hope Ranch Annex resident

This walk will take participants along the horsepaths/bikepaths beside Cieneguitas Creek, a couple of blocks of County arterials, and down the meandering neighborhood streets of Arboleda Acres will explore the following themes-

* Faults, Watersheds, Wetlands & Springs
* Chumash Village
* Spanish Catholic Chapel & Burial Grounds
* Agriculture & Horses
* Railroads and Crossroads
* Pearl Chase’s Urban Homesteads

The walk will be lead by Autumn Brook, a licensed landscape contractor and designer, specializing in sustainable gardens. She has a strong interest in historic preservation, geology and watershed dynamics, native plant restoration, and community collaboration on planning issues. She has lived in the subject neighborhood for 26 years.

Walk will start at the Vieja Valley Elementary School parking lot (434 Nogal Drive, Santa Barbara).

July 25 – “1920s Campus of the School of the Arts,” The Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation

Join the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation for a walk in the heart of El Pueblo Viejo.  Tour the original 1920s campus of the Santa Barbara School of the Arts and related sites in the Presidio Neighborhood including the nearby El Caserio collection of homes.

Starting location will be the Alhecama Theatre (215 A E. Canon Perdido St, Santa Barbara)

August 22 – To Be Announced…

September 26 – Dave Davis

For more information contact Joanna Kaufman, our Program Director 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.