Throughout the year, CIR offers a number of opportunities to learn more about our region with the help of expert guides and naturalists.

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Death Valley National Park

Encompassing 3 million acres of desert, Death Valley is the largest national park in the United States, south of Alaska. It is also an island of amazing geologic features, abundant wildflowers, desert wildlife, historic sites, sublime scenery, and clear night skies.

Naturalists Dr. Tanya Atwater, Emeritus Professor of Geology from UCSB, and Steve Junak, Emeritus Herbarium Curator from the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden will share their vast knowledge gained from their lifetimes of research and study.


The White Mountains

Enjoy four days of geology, wildflowers, ancient trees and birds in the majestic alpine wilderness of the White Mountains, in Inyo National Forest, on the eastern edge of the Owens Valley.

Knowledgeable and enthusiastic scientist/naturalists will guide small groups through the variety of geological and ecological communities found in the Whites, as we study and enjoy the fascinating natural history of this scenic and unique California mountain range, emphasizing geology, botany and bird-life. The Whites are home to ancient bristlecone pines (Pinus longaeva) - the oldest trees in the world.


We also offer tours of the Central Coast, the Santa Ynez Mountains via Jeeps, Point Conception via dome train, and more. Check back here for more info soon.