Community Relations

Community Resources

Engage with UC Santa Barbara

This informational guide provides links to a selection of programs, performances, activities and resources of UC Santa Barbara that are available to community members, and provides information on university outreach programs that take place in the community. We invite you to explore your interests and engage with the unique opportunities on campus!

The Department of Recreation at UCSB offers a variety of activities, programs, and services, for students, faculty, staff, and the community.

A selection of the mental health, assessment and career guidance services offered to UCSB students, faculty and staff are also available to the public.

UCSB hosts a large collection of educational and historical resources for students, staff, faculty, and the community in the Library and in various museums and collections across campus.

UCSB hosts year-round performances, lectures, and events open to the public.

UCSB offers several opportunities for professional development and continuing education that can be accessed by the public.

  • Professional Women's Association (PWA) works to increase awareness among campus constituencies of the contributions of women to the mission of UCSB.
  • UCSB Extension offers professional development training, personal enrichment, and certification programs in a variety of areas.
  • Research Experience for Teachers (RET) affords teachers the opportunity to create new lab projects for science classrooms by participating in laboratory research under the guidance and direction of Materials Research Lab researchers.
  • South Coast Writing Project is comprised of a network of teachers dedicated to improving student writing by improving the teaching of writing. They do so by providing professional learning, resources, and expanded roles for teachers throughout the Tri-county area.

UCSB offers extensive educational programming for K-12 students as well as programming to enhance students' awareness and readiness for higher education.

K-12 Educational Outreach - UCSB In the Community K-12 Educational Outreach - On Campus
  • CSEP Science Center offers hands-on experience with science equipment and guided tours throughout the year.
  • Kids In Nature (KIN) provides underserved local schools with environmental science education.
  • McEnroe Reading and Language Arts Clinic uses intensive tutoring, assessment and intervention to improve reading and language skill for students in grades 1-6.
  • REEF Program offers a hands-on experience with our local marine ecosystems and ocean habitats worldwide.
College Preparation
UCSB offers many programs designed to enhance awareness about higher education and to better prepare students for their futures.
  • Accelerated Study Access Program (ASAP) provides an opportunity for outstanding high school students to study at UCSB prior to earning their high school degree.
  • Early Start Program is a pre-college program that allows students to academically experience a university setting while also enhancing their college applications.
  • Research Mentorship Program provides high school students with a unique opportunity to tackle hands-on, university-level research.
  • Campus Tours and Admissions Presentations Campus tours, virtual tours, and webinars are available throughout the year.
  • ScienceLine is an "ask a scientist" program where students and teachers can submit science and engineering questions and receive responses from UCSB scientists.
The UC Natural Reserve System is the largest university-administered reserve system in the world, comprised of 39 protected natural areas throughout California. Founded in 1965 to provide undisturbed environments for research, education, and public service, the Natural Reserve System contributes to the understanding and wise stewardship of the earth. The following sites are located in the Tri-County area and provide public outreach.

UCSB offers conference facilities, catering services, and accommodations to help all visitors feel at home. The university also provides general services to the community such as hazardous waste collection and promotional space for property owners in search of tenants.

UCSB Economic Forecast Project provides the community with information on economic, demographic, and regional business trends in the Tri-County area.

UCSB Family Vacation Center seeks to provide an all-inclusive, affordable family vacation that offers meals, lodging, childcare and activities, plus a variety of programs and events that aim to please all members of the family.