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.