“witness the yearly Monarch butterfly migration”
Monarch butterflies migrate to Goleta each November through February and this amazing sight is best viewed at the Goleta Butterfly Grove. The site is open sunrise to sunset with no admission fee, but the City of Goleta does accept donations to support the Monarch Butterfly Docent Program. The grove is adjacent to the Sperling Preserve on the Ellwood Mesa. The Ellwood Mesa open space includes 137 acres of natural terrain with designated trails and beach access. There is a portable restroom located at the parking lot. We recommend wearing sturdy shoes and bring binoculars to maximize your visit. Please do not visit the grove when it is raining or while the ground is muddy from a recent storm. Natural trails and rough terrain make it difficult to access by wheelchair.
Monarchs are usually found in Goleta from mid-November through mid-February and our docents are available on weekends from 11am-2pm during these months. The Grove is open for viewing every day during daylight hours and there is no admission fee. Plan your trip.
During the cool early mornings, you can see the largest amount of butterflies. However they are most active on warm afternoon
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Goleta Butterfly Grove
- Sun - Sat: 6:00 am - 6:00 pm
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