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Outdoors Features

In depth stories about places to go, things to see and what to know. Focusing on the Santa Barbara area but featuring the western states.

Abby Brown’s Homegrown Paddling Power

The 19-year-old prone paddler from Santa Barbara is competing in the world championships this week Read story.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Driving Iceland’s Ring Road

The Santa Barbara poet correspondent reports on an otherworldly road trip. Read story.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Celebrate Free Redwood Parks Day

Enjoy waterfalls and forests for a Black Friday alternative. Read story.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

UCSB’s Statewide NRS Impacts

Director Trish Holden discusses how campus activities are strengthening the whole UC system. Read story.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Discovering Coal Oil Point

A longtime resident explores this birding mecca for the first time. Read story.

Originally published 12:00 a.m., September 24, 2015
Updated 11:47 a.m., November 4, 2015

Diving into Big Sur’s Big Creek

Understanding this dramatically compressed series of Big Sur habitats. Read story.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

High Times on the White Mountains

Studying the stars, sky, oxygen deprivation, and more at 14,000 feet. Read story.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Rancho Marino Reserve

A largely untouched seaside paradise in the woods west and south of Cambria. Read story.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Growing Up on the Carpinteria Salt Marsh

A life of learning from one of the healthiest marshes in Southern California. Read story.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

SNARL Knows Snow

Studying water, frogs, and more at the Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Lab and Valentine Camp. Read story.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Sedgwick Reserve, Then and Now

Past, present, and future of this bucolic Santa Ynez Valley property. Read story.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

University of California Natural Reserve System 101

UC NRS Director Peggy Fiedler explains the statewide research-education-conservation system. Read story.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Connecting Through Climate Change

How the UC Natural Reserve System is becoming California’s canary in the global-warming coal mine. Read story.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Lyndal’s Land: Santa Cruz Island Reserve

Meet the man who’s run one of the most diverse reserves for nearly 50 years. Read story.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Beach Tar, Be Gone

Santa Barbara City College Student John Harmon invents natural way to clean your feet. Read story.

Thursday, June 11, 2015
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