where art & nature meet

The Wildling’s mission is to inspire our community and visitors to enjoy, value, and conserve wildlife and natural areas through art.


through the eyes of artists

The Wildling Museum of Art & Nature offers visitors a unique perspective on the importance of preserving our natural heritage. Through the eyes of artists and interpretive materials, guests can renew their relationship with nature and wilderness – hopefully leaving more committed toward ensuring that those spaces remain for future generations.


programs & events

We provide artistic, educational, and field experiences of nature. 



There’s never been a more exciting time to join the Wildling family!

If you care about art and nature and feel that the Wildling enhances our Santa Barbara County community, we hope you get more involved now! 

Support the Wildling

Contributions from individuals like you are crucial to the successful operation of the Museum and our ability to provide quality programs and exhibitions.


Arts & economic prosperity

Santa Barbara ranks 9th out of 367 municipalities across the county in artists per capita.

Per the Americans for the Arts' Arts and Economic Prosperity® 5 report,  released on June 17, 2017, the 95 participating county nonprofit arts organizations supported 5,857 jobs and generated almost $200 million dollars, delivering $19.1 million in local and state government revenue. Arts and Culture contribute significantly to the success of our local economy. Click here to read more