Explore Ecology
302 E. Cota Street
Santa Barbara, CA  93101

(805) 884-0459 (Phone)   |   (805) 884-1879 (Fax)
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Year Founded:
    1990
Description:
   Explore Ecology - Environmental Education and Art Discovery. Explore Ecology delivers a variety of environmental education programs to encourage creative thinking through hands-on science exploration and art discovery.
    Our work combines environmental awareness and artistic creativity to create a connection between people and their environment. Explore Ecology address how individuals can effect positive environmental change, with a focus on teaching about the interconnectedness of environmental issues, stressing the importance of individual choices and actions, promoting problem solving skills through exploration with Reuse materials, and facilitating individual actions through community services learning projects.
    Explore Ecology delivers a variety of environmental programs to enhance the understanding of the connections between people and their environment, and to encourage creative thinking through hands-on science education and art discovery. Explore Ecology is the culmination of years of evolution of the Art From Scrap program.
    To find further information about Explore Ecology, please visit our website www.ExploreEcology.org.


   
Business Hours:
    Reuse Store: Tuesday -Friday: 11AM - 5 PM and Saturdays 10 AM - 4PM
Location Type:
    Educational Organizations
General Business Classification:
    Community Resources
    Categories:
    Art Gallery
    Arts & Craft Supplies
    Arts - General
    Educational Organizations
    Environment Organizations
    Environment, Conservation, Animals
    Youth Organizations & Centers

Admittance:
    During normal business hours.
Indoor/Outdoor:
    Indoor/Outdoor Location
Parking On-Site?
    Yes   --   Parking on Cota and Garden Streets
Handicapped Accessible?
    Some restrictions
Smoking?
    NOT Permitted
Cell Phones & Pagers?
    Permitted
Cameras/Recording Equip.?
    Permitted
Pets Allowed?
    Some restrictions
Gift Certificates?
    Available for Sale
Classes Offered?
    Yes.
Volunteers Needed?
    Yes.
 Recent Buzzes!!
2/19/14 - From Trash To Treasure 3 Day Art Workshop with Michael deMeng
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Are you an artist who wants to learn from an assemblage master? Would you like to enter the Art From Scrap What Will They Create? Art Event and need some inspiration? On February 26, 27 and 28 assemblage artist extraordinaire Michael deMeng will present a three-day intensive workshop at Art From Scrap in downtown Santa Barbara. Michael deMeng is a Toronto-based artist who travels the world teaching, creating and exhibiting highly original mixed media artworks. The fee for the DeMeng workshop is $375, materials not included. Space is limited to fifteen students. Contact Mary@ExploreEcology.org for more information or call 805-884-0459 x15.   Email
1/30/14 - Lucidity Universe at Art From Scrap- A Day and Night of Creativity, Music & Art
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Join us at Lucidity Universe at Art From Scrap on Saturday, February 1. From 10am to 3pm: Interactive Art & Storytelling Workshops, Upcycled leather and Woodworking craft tables. Music with DJ MacIntyre. 5:30 pm- Chrystal Bowl Sound Healing. 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm Lucidity Universe Art Opening. Music with DJ 9lives. Dance performances and more!   Email   Website
1/7/14 - Save the Date! Beach Clean Ups at Arroyo Burro Beach -- 1/12
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Clean the Beach. Help the Ocean. FEEL GOOD. When? 2nd Sundays of the Month, 12:00-2:00 pm. Where? South Coast Watershed Resource Center at Arroyo Burro Beach County Park. Who? You and your friends.
Please bring your own bag, bucket, and gloves. Monthly Beach Clean Ups brought to you by Explore Ecology/ Art From Scrap. After the Clean Up, stop by the South Coast Watershed Resource Center and learn how your actions affect the health of our creeks and ocean.
Presented by ... Explore Ecology
Venue ... South Coast Watershed Resource Center  Website
12/2/13 - Save the Date! Holiday Cards Art From Scrap Workshop -- 1/1
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Happy Holidays from Art From Scrap! Instead of buying holiday cards, why not make your own at this Holiday Card Making Art Workshop? Artist Lilly Bair will inspire you as you create unique, gorgeous one of a kind cards. This workshop is for teens and adults and costs $8.00. Reservations are recommended. Call 805-884-0459 x11.
Art From Scrap Community Art encourages and supports creative exploration for children and adults.
Presented by ... Explore Ecology
Venue ... Art From Scrap  Email   Website
11/20/13 - Explore Ecology/Art From Scrap Holiday Party and Mural Dedication
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What happens when 300 schoolchildren get together with an environmental education nonprofit and a mixed media artist? Pure Magic! Come and see at our holiday party and dedication to celebrate the permanent installation of the Flows To The Ocean Mural at the Watershed Resource Center (WRC) at Hendry’s Beach. The evening includes a Holiday Party – with food, drinks, music and an Art From Scrap ornament- making table staffed by mermaids! (from Save The Mermaids.org) The mural is a collaboration between Explore Ecology and artist Laura Denny. The mural is comprised of six tapestries, each measuring 3'x3'. The tapestries were photographed and reproduced on panels made of durable laminate material that will be mounted on the top outside deck of the WRC. These permanent panels will be dedicated by a community official in a “kelp cutting” ceremony as part of the evening’s festivities. The original quilt will also be on display at the event for public viewing.  Website
11/19/13 - Save the Date! Storewide Sale and Holiday Open House at Art From Scrap -- 12/7
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Celebrate the holidays with Art From Scrap at our Holiday Sale and Open House on Saturday, December 7th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at our Reuse Store at 302 East Cota Street in downtown Santa Barbara. SAVE BIG on Holiday merchandise. All items in the store will be 20% off. Bulk bags will be 50% off. Join us for refreshments, art, music, and lots of holiday cheer. Holiday Art Workshop “Radical Robot” with Guest Artist Jason Summers from 10am-12pm. In the afternoon, stop by our craft booth to make holiday cards. Art From Scrap and Holiday Open House Hours: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Art From Scrap is a program of Explore Ecology.
Presented by ... Explore Ecology
Venue ... Art From Scrap  Email   Website
11/19/13 - Art From Scrap Store Offers Students and Artists A 10% Discount!
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The Art From Scrap Reuse Store now offers a 10% discount for students and artists. Art From Scrap has been serving the Santa Barbara community for over 20 years as the place to go for arts and crafts supplies.Art From Scrap is a great resource for teachers, artists and those who want to practice upcycling and reuse. The store sells jewelry, tiles, paper, picture frames, wood, skateboard wheel shavings, fabric, leather... and much much more. Art From Scrap is located at 302 East Cota Street in Downtown Santa Barbara. Call (805) 884-0459 x11 for more information.   Email   Website
11/19/13 - Art From Scrap ReUse Store Has New, Extended Hours!
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Art From Scrap, a program of Explore Ecology, is excited to announce that our ReUse Store (at the intersection of Cota and Garden Streets) will have extended hours beginning Tuesday, November 19th. The new store hours are 11:00 am to 5:00 pm every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturdays. As an added show of appreciation to our loyal customers, the store will also be offering a 10% discount for students and artists! Art From Scrap accepts pre-approved donations from businesses and individuals. If you would like to donate, please contact Tara Patrick at (805) 884-0459 x11. Donations are tax-deductible and support environmental education and related Art From Scrap programs.   Email   Website
10/7/13 - Save the Date! Dia de los Dulces Art Opening and Reception at AFS Gallery -- 10/25
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Get ready to welcome the spirits at our Dia de los Dulces Art Opening and Reception on Friday, October 25th, 6:00-8:00 pm. Dia de los Dulces, a gentler, sweeter Day of the Dead art exhibition features the work of three notable Santa Barbara artists; Colleen Darling, Mary Stanley and Syd McCutcheon. Dia de los Dulces will live up to its name- think psychedelic sugar skulls and art that offers a less conventional interpretation of the Day of the Dead tradition. Warning: Flash mobbing zombies might attend this opening.
AFS Gallery is located upstairs at Explore Ecology/Art From Scrap, 302 East Cota Street, in downtown Santa Barbara. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm, and on Thursdays from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm. For more information, please contact Art From Scrap at (805) 884-0459.
Presented by ... Explore Ecology
Venue ... AFS Gallery- at Explore Ecology/Art From Scrap  Email   Website
8/28/13 - The Morning After -1 Week Only Art Sale and Reception
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Join us for The Morning After Art Opening and Reception on Friday, August 30 at 6:00-8:00pm at the AFS Gallery at 302 East Cota Street in downtown Santa Barbara. This is the last chance to purchase art from our One Night Stand fundraising event. Refreshments will be served. If you missed One Night Stand or just want to get a great deal on art- stop by the AFS Gallery today through Saturday, August 31st. All art is $200.00. Artist's name revealed after you purchase it. Gallery Hours: Wed. Fri. Sat. 10-2 and Thurs. 10-6. Call 805-884-0459 x13 if you need more info. Proceeds benefit Art From Scrap, a program of Explore Ecology.  Email   Website
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