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Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center

1065 Guadalupe St

Founded in 1999, the Dunes Center is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization. The Dunes Center was originally conceived by a group of concerned citizens and in 1989 the Nature Conservancy's efforts to help preserve and restore the Guadalupe Beach and Oso Flaco Lake Natural Areas planted the seeds for a dunes visitor center. The Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Complex is comprised of 18 miles of coastline and is one of the most ecologically significant and largest intact coastal dune ecosystems on earth. A significant portion of the nearly 22,000 acres is under public management and open for recreation.


Marjorie Lane

Wednesday, June 6, 2018
I love this treasure in Guadalupe. As a volunteer, I can say that the staff is friendly, and will share as much or as little information as you like. We often have visitors who just want directions or restaurant recommendations, and we're happy to provide that. The Dunes Center may be small, but the outreach is huge-- field trips for adults and students, housing the excavation finds from the dunes, educational classes for students, all on the support of donors and visitors. The gardens die back in winter, of course, spring through summer, they are lush. Hope to see you here!

Ralph Antunez

Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Sensational, interesting exhibits. Knowledgeable and friendly staff. A must see for all visiting the central coast!

valerie lent

Monday, Feb. 5, 2018
The dunes center does not have the price listed. You have to go inside and then fell talked and compelled to pay and visit. The outside plants do not correspond to the labels or have died. It would be nice to have some clarity as to who actually runs this place.

Anne Carey

Friday, Jan. 5, 2018
Beautifully planted little museum right in downtown guadalupe. We had a great time seeing the 1920,,'s artifacts from the 10 commandments but also the other exhibits, especially the one on the dune people "cult.". Cristina and the gentleman at the end were great, as was the film on excavating the dunes for movie memorabilia. Highly recommend

Eric Rand

Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Small but great educational spot for adults and children. Very knowledgeable staff.

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