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Caitlin Fitch

Go Blue & Green in 2018

Santa Barbara Independent’ Annual Adventure Guide to the Great Outdoors


For more than 20 years, we’ve proudly published our annual Blue & Green issue, a guide to the great outdoors. While our stories surround adventures that we’ve already undertaken —this year, that includes crossing the channel, volunteering in the backcountry, and learning about birds on Santa Rosa Island —we hope the following pages inspire you to take your own journey into the forest or sea. Because to save these places for future generations, our first duty is to know them.

Santa Barbara Channel Crossing 101: How to kayak from the mainland to Channel Islands National Park.

SCAPE’s Paintouts Bring Artists and Nature Together: Free monthly class every second Saturday combines fresh air, art skills, and camaraderie

Blazing Trails with the Los Padres Forest Association: Four reasons why you should volunteer.

The Cabanas Now Shading West Beach: Teresa Ramallo-Whalen now renting beach shacks on Santa Barbara shoreline.

What’s Up with Santa Barbara’s Front-Country Trails? Why popular routes remain closed; plus, hiking news from Ojai.

Join the Sierra Club’s Los Padres Chapter: Find adventure, advocacy, and amore with the Santa Barbara-Ventura group.

Birdwatching at the Santa Rosa Island Research Station: Professor Allison Alvarado teaches ornithology to CSU Channel Islands students.

Adventure for Hire 2018: Check out these companies to help you enjoy the great outdoors.

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