The Museum's outdoor spaces are now open to the public. We have different activities each day, so check our calendar to plan your visit. Reserve tickets at Indoor spaces and the Sea Center on Stearns Wharf are temporarily closed.

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 Membership $75
  • School Membership (up to 9 teachers) $200
  • Membership is valid for one year
  • Two week loan period (extensions upon request)


Days and Hours of Operation

Nature Collection is aligned with the traditional school year schedule and operates Wednesday, September 11 through May.
Mondays & Wednesdays 3:00–5:00 PM and Sundays by appointment

Please make appointment requests at least 24 hours in advance.

An active Nature Collection membership is required to check-out items. Memberships can be purchased or renewed during appointment


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

Nature Collection

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: Nature Collection at or call 805-682-4711 ext. 122.