Free Admission To SB Museums and Cultural Sites
updated: Dec 11, 2013, 8:13 PM
Source: Santa Barbara Historical Museum
During the week of December 9th, 2013, the Passport to Santa Barbara will be distributed to 18,500 K-6
public school students in Santa Barbara County. The Passport program provides a passport booklet to
children in grades K-6 who, with one adult, are given free admission to Santa Barbara Educator?s
Roundtable (SBERT) member institutions, where children participate in a specially-designed educational
activity and receive a stamp in their Passport.
The Passport program is a project of SBERT, which is a collaborative network of 24 local museums,
agencies, and nonprofit organizations that work together to encourage lifelong learning in natural
science, history, technology, culture, and art in the Santa Barbara area. The SBERT consortium fosters
free educational opportunities for children and families in our local community and Passport to Santa
Barbara is the primary annual outreach effort of the group.
Each child who earns eight stamps will receive a T-shirt, distributed in June through the Santa Barbara
Public Library System. The Passport program runs from mid-December to mid-April.
Children in our community benefit from educational opportunities outside schools which reinforce
learning across all disciplines. As public school funds become increasingly tight, programs that include
field trips to local institutions offering educational programs outside of the classroom may be reduced
or cut from the school day. The Passport provides a much-needed, no-cost educational experience for
families in the Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez Valley areas to visit SBERT partner institutions, many of
which have education programs that support the new Common Core Educational Standards.
This year's program is sponsored by LogicMonitor, a local Santa Barbara-based technology company,
and the Williams-Corbett Foundation. The Foundation has supported the program for a number of
years, but LogicMonitor is a new sponsor. "As a local company interested in supporting our community,
we are pleased to be a sponsor of the Passport program this year. Our employees have children that
benefit from the Passport program, and as a high-tech company, we depend on the local area having
both a great educational system, and a great community. The Passport program contributes to both."
said Kevin McGibben, CEO, LogicMonitor.
The following Santa Barbara Educators Roundtable Members Institutions participate in Passport
program, offering free admission for K-6 student and one adult: Arroyo Hondo Preserve, Cachuma Lake
Recreation Area, SB County parks, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, Channel Islands National
Park, El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park & Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation,
Elverhoj Museum of History and Art, Explore Ecology, Ganna Walska Lotusland, Goleta Valley Historical
Society, Los Padres National Forest, Los Padres Forest Association, Neal Taylor Nature Center, Outdoors
Santa Barbara Visitor Center, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Santa Barbara Historical Museum, Santa
Barbara Maritime Museum, Santa Barbara Mission Museum, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History &
Ty Warner Sea Center, Santa Barbara Public Library System, Santa Barbara Zoo, South Coast Railroad
Museum, Wildling Art Museum.
Send this picture as a postcard
# # # #
5 comments on this article. Read/Add
# # # #