Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Natural History Center

Founded in 1999, the Dunes Center is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization. The Dunes Center was originally conceived by a group of concerned citizens and in 1989 The Nature Conservancy’s efforts to help preserve and restore the Guadalupe Beach and Oso Flaco Lake Natural Areas planted the seeds for a dunes visitor center. The Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Complex is comprised of 18 miles of coastline and is one of the most ecologically significant and largest intact coastal dune ecosystems on earth. A significant portion of the nearly 22,000 acres is under public management and open for recreation.

The Dunes Center was finally opened in 1996, in a small storefront in downtown Guadalupe and evolved over time into our current existence. We have a thriving education program, reaching over 4000 students annually. We offer docent-led walks in the dunes. We have guest speakers for our volunteers, members, and local community. In addition, we are the Administrator of what is known as the Dunes Collarborative – a coalition of state and federal agencies, local governments and non-profits.

Stewardship travel for good

Fulfilling the mission of the Dunes Center requires the help of many volunteers, whether planting and maintaining the native plant garden, removing invasive species, or participating in beach cleanups. Volunteer opportunities are tailored to the volunteer, no matter what age, skill level, or background. For more information on how to volunteer, or to make a donation, visit The Dunes Center