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The Story of the Dana Adobe (Narrated by Virginia Madsen)

The Dana Adobe is the oldest home in San Luis Obispo County and a registered historical site. This video follows the beginnings of the Adobe from its inception over 200 years ago by Captain William Dana to present day. Explore the rich history of this California landmark, as narrated by actress and producer Virginia Madsen.

National Trails Day Walks

To celebrate National Trails Day, the Dana Adobe Cultural Center will be holding nature walks throughout the summer. Each day will also feature a different activity alongside the nature walk. Participants will get the chance to walk along the woodland trails that extend along the Rancho while learning about local wildflowers, plant and tree identification, natural history, and more!


  • Saturday, June 1st @ 11:00 AM: Trail Walk and Ladybug Release
  • Sunday, June 9th @ 1:30 PM: Trail Walk and Bird Watching
  • Sunday, July 14th @ 1:30 PM: Trail Walk and Adobe Brick Making

We ask that participants dress appropriately for the weather and wear close-toed shoes. We also recommend that you wear sunscreen and bring plenty of water.

Sunday Speaker Series: John Wilson

Join us on Sunday, July 14 at the Dana Adobe Cultural Center for our next Sunday Speaker talk. Our next talk will be focusing on SLO resident John Wilson, as presented by Jaime Avila. A ship Captain and close friend of Captain Dana, John Wilson was considered the richest person in SLO County from the 1830s until the 1840s.

The talk will take place on Sunday, July 14 at 2:00 PM. Admission is free for DANA members and $5.00 for non-members. We look forward to seeing you there!

2019 Family Campfires

Do you relish the taste of S’mores roasted over an open fire? Or how about watching the sun go down as you hear stories about the animals that once lived here? If you do, don’t miss DANA’s family campfires on July 12, August 23, and September 6. Featuring trail hikes, campfire songs, games, and an opportunity to toast marshmallows over an open fire.

Participants will meet at the Dana Adobe Cultural Center in Nipomo at 6:30 PM and activities will start at 7:00 PM. Please wear proper clothing for outdoor activities, bring a chair, and a flashlight. The campfire is free for DANA members or $5 for non-members. For more information, call the DANA office at (805) 929-5679.

DANA’s New Summer Day Camp​​​

In today’s increasingly technologically-focused society, it’s more important than ever for children to have meaningful interactions with nature and history. The Dana Adobe Nipomo Amigos (DANA) Summer Day Camp program for kids offers a wide arrangement of hands-on activities and lessons that help to engage children and teach them the importance of nature, culture, and Rancho era history.

DANA Summer Day Camp takes place each day Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 12 PM with a snack and bathroom break around 10:30 AM DANA will be offering complimentary snacks for campers. Each day will feature activities that are geared towards teaching campers about a particular topic. ​​​​​​​​​​​

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