Join the Wildling at beautiful Creekspirit for its 15th annual Spring Barbecue. Located on the banks of seasonal Mission Creek in Santa Barbara’s Mission Canyon area, Creekspirit comprises over two acres of native oak trees, plants, ferns, flowers, and the mosaic art of Wildling Museum founder,
Patti Jacquemain.

Enjoy delicious wine and beer, appetizers and exciting raffle prizes and silent auction items. Feast on a delicious barbecue dinner, while enjoying toe-tapping music!

The Spring Barbecue is the perfect event to enjoy an afternoon with friends new and old while supporting a local nonprofit organization dedicated to using art to awaken a passion for nature and wilderness conservation.


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Wilderness Spirit Award

This year, the Wilding will be honoring Joan Easton Lentz with the Wilderness Spirit Award. Joan Easton Lentz is a naturalist and author who grew up in Santa Barbara, and has spent much of her life studying the region’s natural history.

Joan has written several books, but most significantly, A Naturalist’s Guide to the Santa Barbara Region, which celebrates the Santa Barbara region as an ecological hotspot, a truly unique place on our planet. This book has become a vital resource for the Wildling and helped shape their second floor gallery space. Joan’s thorough research has left a lasting legacy for all local nature lovers.

Legacy Award

For their years of generous unwavering support, the Wildling is thrilled to honor Pete & Becky Adams and Jack & Judy Stapelmann with the first Legacy Award. Without their efforts, the Wildling would not be what is today. From serving faithfully on the Board of Directors, supporting strategic planning efforts, and then helping to purchase our building, the Wildling will forever be grateful for their generosity.

Pete Adams served on the Board for 6 years, the last three as Chair. He is proud of the strategic plan that he and the Board developed, which has led to the relocation, growth and stability of the museum. He remains on the Advisory Council, and is grateful that his business experience in finance, marketing and executive leadership has helped the Wildling flourish.

Judy Stapelmann served an extra year on the Wildling Board to help with fundraising for the purchase of the Museum building. Judy is a lifelong horseback rider and has organized trail ride fundraisers for the Museum. 





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