Watershed Resource Center

Connecting clean creeks and healthy ocean waters with our own personal habits

Located at beautiful Arroyo Burro Beach, in Santa Barbara, California, the Watershed Resource Center is a site for community and student education programs that enhance our awareness about the importance of watershed resources, how these resources are impacted by human activities, the role watershed restoration plays in improving water quality, and ways that our community can actively protect our creeks, wetlands, and ocean.

The Watershed Resource Center is also a model of eco-friendly building, featuring recycled-content, low-toxicity, and reclaimed materials.

While you’re there, make sure to check out the salvaged floor that was originally a gymnasium court!

Education Programs

Field trips to the Watershed Resource Center give kids an opportunity to learn about the value of local watersheds, sources of and solutions to water pollution, and the effect of plastic debris in the ocean.

To find out more about field trips and the Creek Kids Series of lessons, available to public and private schools, community groups, and camps, go to Explore Ecology Education.

Community Programs

The Watershed Resource Center is available for community-based organizations with watershed, coastal, and environmental related missions to use as a venue for meetings, public forums and events.

Get up-to-date info on upcoming WRC events! Community Calendar

Public Open Hours

Join us at the Watershed Resource Center
Help us clean up the beach!
Every 2nd Sunday from 10-4 pm

Explore a variety of family-friendly activities to learn about Santa Barbara’s unique watersheds, including interactive displays, games, watershed model demonstrations, creek water testing, ecology movie viewings, and more!


To schedule field trips or community programs and for additional information about the WRC, contact Mariana at (805) 884-0459 x16 or email mariana(at)exploreecology.org


Location: 2981 Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93109, at Arroyo Burro County Beach Park (also known as Hendry’s Beach)

Directions: Exit the 101 Freeway at Las Positas, and head south (towards the ocean, away from the mountains). Continue to the end of Las Positas and turn right onto Cliff Drive. Make a left into the parking lot at Arroyo Burro Beach County Park. The Watershed Resource Center is the first building on the right as you enter the parking lot.

Parking: Due to our conditional use permit, parking is very limited. Carpooling is encouraged, and bicycle parking is available. When using public transit, take Santa Barbara MTD Line 5, Stop D.