Our Beautiful Visitors Have Arrived

The majestic Monarch butterflies have arrived! At last count, there were over 7,000 butterflies in the Goleta Butterfly Grove (also known as the Monarch Main Aggregation Site). It’s a beautiful walk from the parking lot on Hollister Avenue (across from Ellwood School) to the grove. It’s a little over a half mile through the trees.

To ensure the safety of the monarchs and enjoyment of the public, we ask that visitors please observe the following rules:

  • Always stay on designated trails and roads.
  • Stay out of the roped-off areas.
  • Watch your step when entering and exiting the grove, and avoid monarchs which may be “puddling” in the surrounding areas.
  • Do not touch or harass the butterflies.
  • Avoid making loud noises.
  • Keep dogs on a leash. No bicycles, horses or motorized vehicles in the grove.
  • Please take your trash out of the grove.
  • Docents can be found at the Goleta Butterfly Grove from mid-November through mid-February on Saturdays and Sundays (weather permitting) between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about the migration and ask questions.

For more information, visit our website at www.goletabutterflygrove.com and take a look at this great little video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptrrRazEJcc.