Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center

The Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes are a National Natural Landmark and a perfect place to visit and enjoy nature. The Dunes Center, a non-profit organization located in historic downtown Guadalupe, CA,

promotes the conservation and restoration of the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes ecosystem through education, research, and the support of cooperative stewardship. This beautiful natural history museum celebrates and expands appreciation for the region’s natural treasures and unique history. The Center is a must-see for anyone living on or traveling through, the Central Coast and the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes.

Join host Kris Kington-Barker as she speaks with guests with The Dunes Center, Alexis Elias, Executive Director, and Christina Hernandez, Outreach Coordinator, as they discuss all that the Dunes Center has to offer and their upcoming Reopening Celebration.

Issues & Ideas: Local election coverage, SLO real estate and Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes

Oct 21, 2020

Continuing KCBX's election coverage, we hear from Dawn Addis, one of the candidates hoping to represent the Central Coast in the state Assembly. And learn more about the two men running to represent the Central Coast in the U.S. House of Representatives. Reporter Harry Lawton of KCSB spoke to Santa Barbara County's election official. The U.S. Census Bureau has finished counting for the 2020 Census, and you’ll hear two experts weigh in on what happens next and why some people are concerned if the Census Bureau will produce an accurate count. Researchers at UC Santa Barbara have developed a whale alert system for transiting vessels, hoping to keep whales from being struck by cargo vessels. On this week’s “Working Lunch” we have a conversation about the local real estate market. And finally, on “The Nonprofit Story,” we learn about the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center.

Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center

The Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center is out with a second edition of its popular book that showcases creative writing and artwork done by Central Coast students. 

Dunes Center

There is a search underway for more artifacts buried deep in the sands of the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes. Instead of digging, archeologists are first taking to the sky to find these treasures. 

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A major restoration project is underway behind a nondescript garage door at a home on the Nipomo Mesa. The large space was donated to the nearby Dunes Center as a location to work on a big chunk of a sphinx statue, buried along with other Hollywood set pieces under the sands of the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes for the better part of a century.

Restoration artist Amy Higgins travels up the coast from her home in Los Angeles to do this highly detailed work.