Nature Collection

The Nature Collection is an educational loan service that offers a wide array of resource materials for educators to use in their classrooms. The Nature Collection Memberships are available to teachers, librarians, and other educators.

  • Individual Nature Collection Membership $60
  • Full school membership $300. ($150 for schools with 10 or fewer teachers)
    (Must include staff roster and names of parents entitled to pick up/return items)

Days and Hours of Operation:

The opearting hours of Nature Collection are as follows:

Wednesdays-Fridays 2:00PM-5:00PM

Nature Collection is CLOSED from June 8 through September 25, and re-opens September 26. 

What can be borrowed?

  • Taxidermy mounts of mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians
  • Marine life specimens
  • Bird nests and eggs
  • Geology and paleontology specimens
  • Animal skeletons, bones, and skins
  • Chumash Indian artifact reproductions
  • Curriculum kits
  • Books and other media focusing on natural history topics

How does the Membership work?

  • Members may check out materials on a first-come, first serve basis. No reservations or holds except on the day member intends to check out item.
  • Each member may check out up to 6¬†items* for two weeks. Overdue fines: $1 per item, per day.
    (* 4 mounted specimens and 2 curriculum kits max per checkout, plus an unlimited number of books)
  • Checkout and return of items are the personal responsibility of the Member. Overdue, lost or damaged items will incur additional fees.

Information: Christine Melvin, Nature Collection Librarian at or call 805-682-4711 ext. 122.