Sunrise to Sunset
Carpinteria State Beach
Carpenteria Sunset Image
General Park Information
Located within minutes of the urban centers of Santa Barbara and Ventura, Carpinteria State Beach offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy high-quality outdoor recreation in the setting of a small southern California coastal Community. With terraced bluffs, dune areas and a mile of beach for swimming, surf fishing, tidepool exploring and camping, Carpinteria State Beach is a unique treasure with a rich biological and cultural history. In 1769, the Spanish explorer Gaspar de Portola explored the Santa Barbara coast, eventually meeting the local Chumash people at the village of ‘Mishopshnow’ near what we now call Carpinteria Creek. Portola observed several of their plank “Tomol” canoes being constructed and the incorporation of the naturally-occurring asphaltum (tar) into its design. Members of the Spanish expedition referred to the area as La Carpinteria or ‘The Carpenter Shop,’ later to become Carpinteria.
TEACHER'S GUIDE TO THE CARPINTERIA TIDE POOLS
Teachers looking to bring their class to the park to enjoy the Tide Pools should check out this unique online presentation designed to outline what to expect and help plan your field trip. Attached you will find resouces and activities for before, during and after your visit.
- Book a Virtual Field Trip for Your Class
Programs are currently fully booked! Openings are announced every September. To stay up to date on program offerings please visit the PORTS link below.
- Tide Pools
Learn about the animals who live in the Carpinteria Tide Pools by exploring the park's padlet page. Tide Pool Padlet
- Tar Pits During the Ice Age
The Carpinteria tar pits have produced many additions to the fossil record. Some of the fossils found at the park include the Ground Sloth, Dire Wolf, American Mastodon, and Saber-toothed Cat. Watch the linked video to learn more about the tar pits during the pleistocene period. Fatal Attraction Fatal Attraction (Espanol)
Suggested Activity: Making Fossils with Dough
- Start a Nature Journal
You can start connecting to nature from your home, school, or local park. All you need is something to draw with and something to write on. Nature Journal Your Neighborhood
Resources:Bird Drawing Guide
SERVICE LEARNING PROJECTS
California State Parks offers educators and service organizations a unique opportunity to establish service-learning projects. If you are interested in a learning approach that integrates community service with academic study to enrich learning, teach civic responsibility and strengthen communities please visit the link above.
Are you interested in volunteering to help with education programs at the park? Please fill out our interest survey and we will get back to you.
This unique playscape invites children to enjoy healthy outdoor play while they learn about California’s colorful history at the same time. The Tomol Interpretive Play Area is one of these special places. Found tucked into the northwest corner of Carpinteria State Beach in the coastal beach community of Carpinteria, this unique facility lets kids run, jump, slide and generally have fun while it encourages them to imagine living in a Chumash Indian village on the shore of the Pacific Ocean.
Now Hiring! Apply Now: Job Opportunities