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NatureFest Info & Booths

*If you’re interested in volunteering during NatureFest, click here.*

Sunday, May 20

12 PM – 4 PM

@ The DANA Adobe Cultural Center in Nipomo

Join us at the DANA Adobe Cultural Center for our annual NatureFest!

This FREE family event will bring together partners in environmental education to showcase a variety of fun activities for all ages, including:

  • Live animals
  • Guided trail walks
  • Hands-on activities for kids
  • Pony rides
  • Presentations
  • And much more!

DANA will also be hosting an extra special grand opening celebration at 10 AM for the newly constructed Visitor’s Center! Don’t miss this chance to create fond new memories and explore the wonders of nature at the Dana Adobe!

Participating Organizations:
  • Zoo to You
  • Boy Scout Troop 450
  • Cal Poly Herpetology
  • Campfire Central Coast of California
  • Happy Trails Pony Rides
  • La Purisima
  • Marine Mammal Center
  • Natural History Museum Santa Maria
  • Nipomo Library
  • Oceano Dunes State Park Docents
  • Orcutt Mineral Society
  • Pacific Wildlife Care
  • Rancho El Chorro
  • San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden
  • SLO County APCD
  • SLOPE Painters – Check out the Art Exhibit being hosted at DANA along with their booth!
  • SunWork Renewable Energy Projects
  • Tidepool Adventures
  • Sierra Club, Santa Lucia Chapter
  • Monarch Radio
  • Sun Works
  • Barry Kuafman
  • Camp Ocean Pines
  • Heavenly Hot Dogs and Hawaiian Shaved Ice – Will provide food for purchase

DANA Featured on News Talk KVEC!

Guest host Teri Bayus invites Executive Director, Marina Washburn, to announce the Grand Opening and NatureFest on News Talk 920 KVEC!

DANA Featured on Monarch Radio

Tune into 107.9 FM Monarch Radio at 8 AM, to listen to Jan Schmidt interview Marina Washburn, Executive Director of DANA about the long-awaited grand opening of the DANA Adobe Cultural Center!

You can also listen to the interview on SoundCloud, Click Here to listen now.

More Than Mariachis – The Origins of Cinco-de-Mayo

Ever wonder why Cinco de Mayo is celebrated in the US and Mexico? Every May 5th, Americans take the opportunity to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with parades, mariachi, Mexican folk dancing, Mexican food, and margaritas. A relatively minor holiday in Mexico has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage in the United States. But the question is, what does May 5th really celebrate?

It is not the birth of Captain William G. Dana, settler of Rancho Nipomo in 1839, although it falls on the same day. Nor is it Mexican independence from Spain as most might think. A talk by DANA docent, Stephen Siemens, titled “More Than Mariachis – The Origins of Cinco-de-Mayo” invites you to discover California’s unique connection to this popular holiday, from the events surrounding the Battle of Puebla (May 5, 1862) to early observances in California.

The talk will take place at the DANA Adobe Cultural Center on Sunday, April 29, at 2:00 PM. DANA members are able to attend the talk for free, otherwise, admission is $5.00.


Stephen Siemsen (SEEM-sen) was born in Venice, California, and lived in Lompoc from 1958 to 1965. A 34-year career with the Army and Department of Defense sent him everywhere but California. Now retired, Stephen and his wife Lisa reside in Orcutt. Besides his interest in California history, Stephen also enjoys birdwatching, camping, and genealogy.