Day of Discovery in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Student Travel Trips

Established on the Feast of St. Barbara, December 4, 1786.

California Rancho history will come to life as you hear the story of Don Raymundo Olivas, a wealthy rancher in Ventura County, his family and the expansive adobe home he built in 1847-1949. Enjoy "hands-on" experiences in adobe brick making, rancho tool use and roping, corn grinding, and tortilla making. Drive further north to Santa Barbara and enjoy a visit to the zoo donated and built on the Child's Estate. The zoo features many endangered species as well as animals of the wild placed into captivity for protection and educational value.

Continue your tour at the Natural History Museum learning about the life of the Chumash Indians indigenous to the area, exhibit halls featuring the study of paleontology, oology (study of bird eggs), insects, mammals, and astronomy. Arrive at the "Queen of the Missions," named for its architectural beauty, for a guided tour. See early mission period artifacts which are exhibited in the mission museum.


  • Round Trip Coach Recliner Bus or Amtrak Train
  • Coach buses in Santa Barbara
  • "Queen of the California Missions" Tour
  • Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
  • Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center
  • Santa Barbara Zoo
  • Stearn's Wharf
  • The Olivas Adobe Programs (requires 15 month advanced notice)
  • Experienced Travel Teens Tour Guide
  • One Teacher or Administrator goes FREE with 35 participants

Santa Barbara Student Trip photos