Frequently Asked Questions

The North Campus Open Space (formerly Ocean Meadows GC) will be restored to a natural environment more like what existed on this property prior to creation of the golf course in 1965. There will be trails to provide public access and passive recreation. This open space will be another great addition to Santa Barbara’s natural heritage which makes our community so special. It will be preserved for the enjoyment of the local community in perpetuity.

Research will focus on documenting the return of the natural ecosystem. Current and future studies include investigations into water quality, hydrology, soils, vegetation communities, and wildlife.

Ensuring public access to the open space is a priority. A map showing the future trail system is available here.

The North Campus Open Space Project received all its permit approvals in December 2016 and began construction in February 2017. Excavation and grading were completed in October 2017 and Bridge Construction and Trail building began in November 2017. The goal is to complete the primary trail construction by June 2018 and open the site to the public by October 2018 to allow for most of the trail side initial restoration work to be completed. Restoration planting began in August 2017 and will continue through 2019. Opportunities to volunteer are available for greenhouse work (Thursday mornings); Community planting days (2nd Saturday of each month) and multiple restoration-related tasks on a flexible schedule. Contact for more information on volunteering.

The Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration is actively restoring habitats and construction of trails and bridges is in progress. The site is not accessible to the public during this construction and restoration phase. UCSB has appointed an interim management team to address any immediate needs. Neighbors and community members may contact this team by phone at: 805.893.2191 or via e-mail at:

No. Mid 2017 through mid 2018 the NCOS site will be under construction and active restoration and no accessible to the public. The intent is to open the site and the primary trail system adjacent to the wetland by October 2018. The mesa area will remain closed through early summer 2019 to allow newly planted grasslands to become established.


You can walk around the site on the west side from the end of Phelps road along the Eucalyptus Windrow to Ellwood Mesa and along the south side on 'Venoco' Road between the project site and Devereux Slough.

Ecological restoration opportunities are ongoing at the North Campus Open Space, and volunteers are always needed. There is a community planting event every second Saturday of the month. See the current NCOS newsletter for details. If you’d like to learn more about local plants and wildlife, and lend a hand in other restoration activities, please visit CCBER’s website:

Please contact the Office of Public Affairs and Communication at 805.893.2191 or email