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TRAILS TO THE BUTTERFLY GROVE ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED.  As a result of a tree health assessment performed as part of the Monarch Butterfly Habitat Management Plan, the City recently learned that a significant number of trees in the Ellwood Mesa are dead or dying. Many of the dead and dying eucalyptus trees in the forest were severely impacted by the drought which increased their vulnerability to pests. In an abundance of caution, and at the advice of the City’s insurer, trails leading to the butterfly grove will be temporarily closed due to the potential for falling trees. The City will need to remove several hundred dead or dying trees and trim others to protect the safety of the public as well as that of the healthy trees.  Before planning any visit to the Ellwood Mesa and Goleta Butterfly Grove, we recommend you check here for updates on closures.  Routes to the beach remain open.  The trail map identifying closures can be found here. The closed trails will likely remain closed through September 30, 2017, and we do not yet know if we will be able to accommodate field trips this year.

When the grove is reopened, these are the field trip guidelines: 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.

What to Expect When You Arrive

Docent Support

Schedule a Trip

Field Trip Request Form

Rules and Expectations



Ines Hernandez, Docent Coordinator  or 805-961-7571