Become a Friend Of Bates Beach

Help us restore a Safe, Clean and Legal Clothing-Optional Place on the Beach.

Friends of Bates Beach is a division of the Southern California Naturist Association (SCNA), a California non-profit 501(c)7 corporation, which also manages our finances. Make a $25 donation to the cause and you may elect to receive the monthly SCNA newsletter. The newsletter provides information on all of the activities of the SCNA, including beach news and regional naturist news. More than an activities newsletter, it also keeps you informed about important news that southland naturists and interested supporters need to know!

We Need Volunteers!

Friends of Bates Beach is a volunteer organization that only succeeds because people who believe as we do will step up to help.

Ways You Can Help Us:

We host a dinner meeting on the third Tuesday each month (April through October) in Carpinteria to plan our activities for the coming month. These may include a day at Bates Beach, It may include something as simple as sitting at a table collecting petition signatures, or attending a community event such as at the annual Avocado Festival, Earth Day Marketplace, or the Independence Weekend Parade, making purchases with $2 bills and talking to merchants, residents and visitors. Each September, we organize the annual North Rincon Beach effort for California Beach Cleanup Day.

We have also occsionally hosted the monthly Carpinteris Valley Chamber of Commerce Mixer.

We need volunteers to support all of these activities that go toward raising awareness and support for the restoration of Bates Beach.

Perhaps you don't have time for all that, but can help by becoming a Beach Ambassador to walk the beach the next time you are there to observe and report any activity that does not belong there.

In short, winning back the beach will take a little work from each of us, it won't just be handed to us. We believe that all beach users should have equal access to California’s beaches. Our goal is to have a beach which is legally clothing-optional. We have to earn it. Help us by doing your part!

Here's How:

Sign up on Meetup. This is where you will find out about all the fun things were are doing. Sign up so we can contact you throughout the year.

Drop us an email. If you want to volunteer some special skill or have personal contacts in Santa Barbara we might find useful, please drop us a personal note, so we can talk to you directly. Please include your name and contact information (mailing address, telephone, email address.)