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

(805) 884-0459 (Phone)   |   (805) 884-1879 (Fax)
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Year Founded:
   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
    Art Gallery
    Arts & Craft Supplies
    Arts - General
    Educational Organizations
    Environment Organizations
    Environment, Conservation, Animals
    Youth Organizations & Centers

    During normal business hours.
    Indoor/Outdoor Location
Parking On-Site?
    Yes   --   Parking on Cota and Garden Streets
Handicapped Accessible?
    Some restrictions
    NOT Permitted
Cell Phones & Pagers?
Cameras/Recording Equip.?
Pets Allowed?
    Some restrictions
Gift Certificates?
    Available for Sale
Classes Offered?
Volunteers Needed?
 Recent Buzzes!!
7/28/14 - Save the Date! CLEAN THE BEACH! Coastal Clean Up Day 2014 -- 9/20
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Coastal Cleanup Day is a local and international event held every September to clean our beaches and waterways On Saturday, September 20th, from 9-12. Explore Ecology will be at Arroyo Burro Beach for Coastal Clean Up Day. Here are the details: Meeting Place: Steps leading to the beach. Beach Captains: Lindsay Johnson and Jill Cloutier Organization: Explore Ecology/Art From Scrap and the Watershed Resource Center Parking: Arroyo Burro has several free parking lots on site. Special Directions: Be aware that dogs may be present and off of their leashes during the cleanup. Call us for more info- 805-884-0459 x13.
What To Bring: Just like any clean up event, it is a good idea to bring your own reusable water bottle and wear sunscreen and other sun protection like hats or sunglasses. Go the extra mile and BYOB below!
BYOB: We encourage you to Bring Your Own Bag or Bucket! Reusable gloves are a great idea, too.
Presented by ... Explore Ecology
Venue ... South Coast Watershed Resource Center  Email   Website
6/18/14 - Art From Scrap Ecology Explorers Summer Camps!
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Sign up now for Explore Ecology/Art From Scrap Summer Camps where kids explore nature and art. Activities include Art From Scrap reuse art projects, nature exploration in and around Arroyo Burro Beach, science experiments, watershed models and environmental concept games.  Email   Website
5/20/14 - Join Us For The 14th Annual Buddha Abides Art Opening & Party at Art From scrap
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Santa Barbara: Buddha Abides, a beloved art exhibition and event opens at the Art From Scrap Gallery on Friday, June 27th, at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Now in its fourteenth year, Buddha Abides provides a forum where Buddhist influenced work by local, contemporary artists is shown, appreciated and purchased by the community. Join us for food, art, festivities and music.  Email   Website
5/20/14 - Call For Entries- 14th Annual Buddha Abides
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Santa Barbara: The Call For Entries starts on May 16th and is open to artists residing in Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Ventura Counties. Entries must reflect Buddhist themes and have been completed within the past two years. Categories of work accepted include paintings, drawings, mixed media, original prints, sculpture, ceramics, photos, jewelry & performance art. For more entry requirements, download an Entry Form at BuddhaAbides.blogspot.com. Work must be delivered to Art From Scrap on Sunday, June 22 between 9:00 am and 11:00 am. Entry fees for 5" x 5" work are $5.00, other pieces are $15.00. Artists can enter a maximum of 3 entries. 302 E. Cota St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101   Email   Website
5/6/14 - Solutions to Marine Debris Pollution! Learn More at Explore Ecology's Flows to the Ocean Family Nigh
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Support young environmentalists, grades 4-12, as they present their solutions to the marine debris problem. 5-7pm at the Watershed Resource Center at Arroyo Burro Beach. Free.  Email   Website
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   Website
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
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