Thank you for your interest in visiting the Goleta Butterfly Grove. In order to protect this Environmentally Sensitive Habitat Area and the overwintering monarch butterflies, promote visitor safety, and ensure the best possible educational experience, we ask schools to register all field trips (with or without a docent) to the Goleta Butterfly Grove with the City of Goleta.
Please allow at least one hour for your visit to the Goleta Butterfly Grove (two hours for groups over 20 students). Large classes must divide into smaller groups split so no more than 20 children are in the main viewing area at a time. Field trips are limited to 40 students.
Parking for the Goleta Butterfly Grove is available at Ellwood Mesa Open Space parking lot on Hollister Ave. The Butterfly Grove is a little over a half-mile walk from the parking lot.
In 2007 the City of Goleta developed the Monarch Butterfly Docent Program to provide public education opportunities for Goleta Butterfly Grove visitors during the over wintering season. These dedicated volunteer docents facilitate an enhanced visitor experience and lead field trips for local schools. Teachers may request a docent-led field trip through the City’s Monarch Butterfly Docent Program. The City will make every effort to fulfill all requests for docents. Field trip support is subject to docent availability. Requests must be submitted at least three weeks prior to the field trip and requests are filled on a first come, first served basis.
All school groups planning to visit the Goleta Butterfly Grove must notify the City of Goleta at least two weeks prior to the field trip date to confirm availability. Docent requests must be received at least three weeks prior to the preferred field trip date. The City will make every effort to fulfill all requests for docent for field trips. Requests are filled on a first come, first served basis.
To submit this request, all fields must be filled out.
Field Trip Rules & Expectations
Thank you for scheduling your field trip to the Goleta Butterfly Grove (Ellwood Main) with the City of Goleta. Sperling Preserve at Ellwood Mesa Open Space, including the monarch grove, is a protected Environmentally Sensitive Habitat Area. To ensure the safety of the monarchs and enjoyment of the public, we ask teachers to review the following rules with their students and adult chaperones.
Thank you for helping us preserve this natural treasure.