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National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis

Visiting NCEAS

Planning your Visit

NCEAS is located in beautiful downtown Santa Barbara, about 10 miles south of the UC Santa Barbara campus. In July of 2021 we moved to our new building at 1021 Anacapa Street where we lease the first and third floors. This updated facility has everything we need for facilitating synthesis science, hosting working groups, running a master's program, and more! NCEAS is conveniently located near local coffee shops, restaurants, and transportation - by bus from UCSB you can take the 24x line to the downtown transit center, which is a five minute walk to our building. For those flying to Santa Barbara, the airport has direct flights from Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Oakland, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, San Francisco, and Seattle. The Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner also has a downtown Santa Barbara stop that is one mile from NCEAS. 

NCEAS on the Map

1021 Anacapa Street, Suite 300, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Land Acknowledgement

    We acknowledge the Chumash Peoples, who are the environmental stewards of the land on which NCEAS is located. We pay our respects to the Chumash Peoples, and their Elders, past present, and future, who call this place their home. We acknowledge that this land on which we live and work are the traditional homelands of Indigenous peoples, including the Chumash Peoples. This land today is the result of the erasures and exclusions of Indigenous peoples. As we come together to bring awareness to issues of equity and justice, we recognize that the Chumash people, and so many other Indigenous people, are still fighting to dismantle the legacies of settler colonialism in their tribal territories. As we continue to work towards diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in data science, we strive to prioritize Indigenous-data sovereignty and self-determination.

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Our Spaces

  • an outside view of the Anacapa building

    Main Building

    Our building is located on Anacapa Street between Figuroa and Carillo. Most NCEAS offices are located on the third floor, but the first floor houses other offices, classrooms, and meeting spaces. The building is fully ADA accessible, including elevators.

  • the image of the back of NCEAS


    We are next to city parking lot #8 (free for 75 minutes and then $3 hourly). ADA spots are available (free for 150 minutes). Free all day street parking is also possible with a 5-10 minute walk on Laguna or Garden, between E Micheltorena and Carillo.

  • outdoor roof terrace with red umbrellas


    A favorite for most of our residents is our third floor terrace that overlooks downtown Santa Barbara. Great for sunshine breaks, meetings, and lunches. On the first Thursdays of each month, we also host community happy hours here.

  • Terrace bike parking

    Bike Parking

    There are two locations at NCEAS for bike parking. The first is at the garage in the covered parking area. Most residents bring their bikes up to the third floor terrace (please use the elevator) to the outdoor bike racks. We also have a bike pump.

  • A conference room at NCEAS

    Monarch Room

    The Monarch Room on the third floor is our largest conference room, comfortably seating 20 people. Notably, this room includes an Owl system so it is well suited for hybrid meetings or workshops. The Monarch room must be scheduled prior to use.

  • a small conference room

    Manzanita Room

    Next to the Monarch Room is our slightly smaller Manzanita Room, which can comfortably seat 14 people for synthesis groups, workshops, or other meetings. When not in use for working groups, residents and guests are welcome to use it.

  • a meeting room at NCEAS

    Garibaldi Room

    The Garibaldi room is connected to the Manzanita room and offers a more informal, comfortable meeting space with a sofa and arm chairs. The room also has a working fireplace and television monitor, so data or slides can be presented.

  • A set of restrooms


    Near the two main conference rooms on the third floor, we have two single stall gender neutral restrooms. Two additional restrooms are located on the first floor. We also have restrooms near the first floor classroom and by the third floor kitchen.

  • a common gathering space at NCEAS

    Main Lounge

    On the third floor we have a large central lounge that is connected to the main kitchen and office spaces. This flex space is typically used for our monthly roundtables, weekly coffee klatches, and other informal meetings for residents.

  • A small conference room

    Poppy Room

    The poppy room is a small conference room on the third floor (near room 311) that residents may use as needed for zoom meetings or small internal meetings. The space comfortably seats up to five people and is first come first served.

  • Downstairs kitchen

    Shared Kitchens

    NCEAS has three kitchens that guests may use. The first floor kitchen is pictured here. The upstairs main kitchen has coffee, toaster ovens, microwaves, and utensils. We also have an oven in the kitchen near the conference rooms.

  • a communal working space

    Downstairs Lounge

    The downstairs lounge near the classroom is a large, flexible space for guests and residents to use. There are multiple tables to work at as well as floor to ceiling white boards. No reservations are required, but please be respectful of nearby offices.

  • The main first floor classroom

    Main Classroom

    The main classroom can seat dozens of students or meeting participants. This space is most often used for our Masters of Environmental Data Science classes, but can also be suitable for larger synthesis meeting groups and workshops.

  • a small conference room

    Sequoia Room

    The sequoia room is our downstairs conference room, which must be reserved prior to use. It can comfortably seat seven people, but there is space for more chairs if needed. There is also a large whiteboard and a monitor.

  • A small office space

    Family Room

    The family room is on the first floor and is available to NCEAS residents and guests that need the space for nursing, therapy, or other private activities. This is not a work meeting space. To indicate use, please mark the whiteboard.

  • A computer lounge

    Computer Lounge

    The computer lounge is behind the classroom on the first floor and is a flexible space for residents, MEDS students, and guests to use. The computers are equipped with software including Adobe Products and Microsoft Office.