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Welcome to the City of Goleta's Monarch Butterfly website,
where you can find all the info you need to make your visit to the grove.


The Goleta Butterfly Grove (Ellwood Main) is in the Sperling Preserve on the Ellwood Mesa in Goleta, CA.  Free parking is available.  GPS: 34.429018, -119.897017. Get directions.


Monarchs are usually found in Goleta from mid-November through mid-February and our docents are available on weekends from 11am-2pm during these months.  As of February 15, there is no longer a significant population of butterflies in the grove.  The grove is available for viewing every day during daylight hours and there is no admission fee. Field trips to the Grove are no longer being scheduled for the Spring of 2015.  Plan your trip.

The History

The area and the monarch site are named after Ellwood Cooper, who settled with his family here in 1870.  Cooper grew olives, walnuts, grapes, almonds, oranges, lemons and Japanese persimmons on his large ranch. This created a very favorable setting for the yearly visitation of monarchs to our area.  Find more information here.


During the cool early mornings, you can see the largest amount of butterflies.  However they are most active on warm afternoon.  Check our weather icon at the bottom of the page to see what today’s weather is.