Social Program for the 10th ISAES

Social Program for registrants and accompanying persons

The University of California - Santa Barbara will host the 10th International Symposium on Antarctic Earth Sciences (ISAES X) on campus August 26 - September 1, 2007. We have designed an exciting program of excursions that are available to registrants and accompanying persons. A majority of events will take place during the break period Wednesday afternoon and evening August 29. Day trips are planned for accompanying persons. All excursions and events must be reserved during the registration process.

If you have registered already email Conference Services and state which excursions you wish to add to your registration. Limited space may be available for sign-up at the symposium Registration desk during the conference.

Wednesday Afternoon, August 29

    Geology of Santa Barbara area
    Cost: $20 per person (trip cost includes transportation and guide) Leaders Jim Boles and Ed Keller

  • The Santa Barbara region is tectonically active and offers fine and picturesque mountain and coastal geology with excellent exposures of Tertiary and Quaternary sediment sequences. This excursion will examine Cenozoic stratigraphic sequences exposed in the local Santa Ynez mountains and the marine sea cliffs, regional geologic structure and history, hydrocarbon landforms and actively growing landscape features, and Quaternary marine terraces. Antarctic - California paleoclimate linkages may be recorded in the Miocene Monterey Formation well exposed in this area.

  • Santa Ynez Valley/Winery Tour
    Cost: $59 per person (trip cost includes transportation, escort and tasting fees)

    Enjoy a breathtaking drive from Santa Barbara through the Santa Ynez Mountains and over San Marcos Pass.   There are many cattle and horse ranches, as well as vineyards that dot the countryside.   Santa Barbara County has become an ideal place to experience wine tasting.   There are more than 40 wineries producing world-class wine and over 15,000 acres of vineyards.   You will visit one of Santa Barbara County's award winning wineries for a tour and tasting and another smaller winery for a tasting only.   If time permits, you will also have the opportunity to explore the old western town of Los Olivos, an enclave of art galleries, tasting rooms and small shops.

  • Santa Barbara Channel afternoon boat trip
    Time: 1:00pm-5:30pm
    Cost: $115 per person (trip cost includes transportation, boat trip and escort)

The Santa Barbara Channel is famous for its outstanding Whale Watching.   Over 27 species of whales, dolphins and porpoises come into the area at various times of the year - including the giant blue whale, friendly humpback whales and sometimes even the exciting killer whale or orca.   In August it is most likely that we will see humpback whales between Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa Islands.   We will also cruise a portion of the Santa Cruz Island coast.
This state of the art, high-speed catamaran offers a smooth and stable ride at speeds other boats cannot match.   The luxuriously appointed cabin is teak paneled, offers booth seating and features large tinted windows for excellent wildlife viewing and two 42 inch plasma display screens showing an interesting variety of programs. A large viewing platform on the bow and a top deck with seating provides whale watchers with excellent viewing opportunities.   Your narrated journey also includes a cruise along the beautiful Channel Islands, sometimes called the Galapagos of North America, with stunning vistas, bird and sea lion rookeries, and a visit to one the world's largest sea caves - the spectacular Painted Cave.

    Sunset cruise and sail out of Santa Barbara Harbor
    Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm
    Cost: $81 per person (trip cost includes transportation, escort, private charter and all non-alcoholic beverages)

Enjoy a different perspective of Santa Barbara from the water aboard this 45 passenger sailing catamaran.   Santa Barbara is home to dolphins, porpoises, seals and sea lions as well as the California brown pelican and numerous marine birds.   As you sail along the coast you will see Santa Barbara's beautiful beaches, elegant homes, views of the Channel Islands and the Santa Ynez Mountains as a backdrop behind the city. Destination Designers

  • Guided Hiking
    Time: 1:00pm-5:00pm
    Cost: $56 per person (trip cost includes knowledgeable guides, natural and human history, snacks, bottled water and shuttle service)
    Level of difficulty: Easy to moderate

    An expert guide will take you up the local trails of the Santa Ynez Range.   Natural and human histories are the focus of the hike.   The knowledgeable guide will offer discussions on native plants and animals, local geology and Chumash culture.   Discover the finer points of the Chaparral plant community, sample edible plants and learn about wild flowers and sage.   This walk is popular with all levels of nature enthusiasts.  

  • Surfing Lessons
    Time: 1:00pm-5:00pm
    Cost: $86 per person (trip cost includes all necessary surfing gear and instruction, knowledgeable guides and shuttle service)

    Come join us for an exciting day on the water and learn to surf!   The Santa Barbara coastline offers several safe and fun locations for introductory surfing lessons.   Santa Barbara Adventure Company's surfing trips are a great foundation to this exciting sport, focusing on the fundamentals reading water, paddling, etiquette, catching waves and riding.   The knowledgeable instructors have over 25 years' combined experience and will use their skills to point out the finer points of catching waves during the beach lesson and while in the water.   Surf sites will be chosen on the current swell and tide conditions.

Day trips during the Meeting (for accompanying persons)

    J. Paul Getty Museum, Westwood; Tuesday, August 28
    Approximately 9:00am-4:00pm
    Cost: $69 per person (trip cost includes transportation, escort and all admission fees)

    The tour begins with a drive along the Pacific Coast and through the San Fernando Valley to this world famous art museum.   The magnificent hilltop complex houses a greatly expanded exhibit of Greek and Roman antiques, pre-20 th century Western European paintings, drawings, sculpture, illuminated manuscripts, decorative arts and 19th and 20th century European and American photographs.   This museum is noted as the wealthiest museum in the world.    Note: the cost of lunch is not covered in the per person cost.

    Santa Barbara: The American Riviera; Thursday, August 30
    Cost: $52 per person (trip cost includes transportation, escort and all admission fees)

    A scenic driving tour stopping at the Santa Barbara Mission with its dramatic twin towers and lovely inner courtyard garden.   Here you can explore some of the early Mission ruins.   After a stop at Franceschi Park, the tour will continue to the Santa Barbara Courthouse, considered one of the most beautiful public buildings in the country, including a ride to the top of the clock tower for a 360-degree view of the city.   The tour will end with a stop at the Presidio and a short walking tour of some of the old adobes.   Destination Designers

Sign up for excursions

All excursion and events can be reserved now through the symposium.

If you have registered already email Conference Services and state which excursions you wish to add to your registration. Limited space may be available for sign-up at the symposium Registration desk during the conference.


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