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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 for some time and we do not yet know if we will be able to accommodate field trips this year.

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Unfortunately we are not able to schedule any field trips at this time.  If you would like to be notified when the Grove is open again, please email