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Take a Trip to Wild Side! Join the Garden on Adventures to Santa Rosa & Catalina Islands

Expert-Led Tours to Focus on the Plants & Animals of the Roads Less Travelled

September 11, 2012

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Take a Trip to Wild Side! Join the Garden on Adventures to Santa Rosa & Catalina Islands
Expert-Led Tours to Focus on the Plants & Animals of the Roads Less Travelled

Santa Barbara, CA –Tuesday, September 11, 2012

This autumn, the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is offering two unique opportunities to learn more about some of the islands off our coast. Two trips have been scheduled, one to Santa Rosa Island on Thursday, October 18, 10:30am - 6:00pm; the other to Catalina Island on Monday, October 29, 9:00am - 5:00pm.

Both trips will be led by Steve Junak, a botanist and author who has been exploring the islands of Southern California and Baja California for more than 35 years. Trip participants will have a chance to see dozens of plant species and animals that are only found on these islands off the coast of California.

“This is a great opportunity to spend the day on one of our incredible Channel Islands,” said SBBG’s Herbarium Curator Steve Junak. “Seeing them from the air is a spectacular sight, and then spending time exploring and discovering the unique plant and animal life on the ground will be an unforgettable experience!”

Santa Rosa Island Trip: Thursday, October 18, 10:30am – 6:00pm
The second largest of the Channel Islands, Santa Rosa Island supports a very interesting and unique flora. Over forty kinds of plants restricted to the California Channel Islands are found on this spectacular island. Participants will have a chance to see a number of unique Channel Islands plants, as well as the Santa Rosa Island manzanita (Arctostaphylos confertiflora) and the Santa Rosa Island Torrey pine (Pinus torreyana subsp. insularis), both of which are restricted to this island only. Registrants will take a 9-passenger plane departing from Camarillo Airport. The 30-minute flight to Santa Rosa will take participants over Santa Cruz Island and the Santa Barbara Channel, offering remarkable views. Upon landing, the tour will spend about 6 hours exploring the historic ranch complex and the northeastern portion of the island.

Catalina Island Trip: Monday, October 29, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Nearly forty kinds of plants restricted to the California Channel Islands are found on this very diverse island. Participants will have a chance to see a number of unique Channel Islands plants in their native habitat, as well as the Catalina Island ironwood (Lyonothamnus floribundus subsp. floribundus) and Trask’s yerba santa (Eriodictyon traskiae subsp. traskiae), both of which are found only on this island. The 30-minute flight aboard a 9-passenger plane will be departing from Camarillo Airport and take participants to the island’s “Airport-in-the-sky” which offers amazing views of Catalina and the surrounding waters. After landing, the group will be spend about 6 hours exploring the central portion of the island featuring unique island plants, Catalina wildlife, the island’s only natural lake, and a Native American soapstone bowl quarry.

The cost for each trip is $250 for SBBG members and $300 for non-members. Early reservations are required as each trip is limited to just 9 participants. For tickets and information call 805-682-4726 ext. 102; email: registrations@sbbg.org; or visit www.sbbg.org.

For further information, to arrange an interview with botanist, Steve Junak, or request high-res images please contact Joni Kelly, Communications Manager, at 805-682-4726 ext. 132 or via cell at 805-886-1869.

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About the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden: The Garden is a 78-acre educational and scientific institution fostering the conservation of California’s native plants and serves as a role model for sustainable practice in Santa Barbara, California. The Garden was founded in 1926 and is among of the nation’s oldest botanic gardens focused exclusively on native plants.

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About the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden: 
The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is a 78-acre educational and scientific institution fostering the conservation of California’s native plants and serves as a role model for sustainable practice in Santa Barbara, California. The Garden was founded in 1926 and is among the nation’s oldest botanic gardens focused exclusively on native plants.

To arrange an interview or to request high-resolution photos, please contact:

SBBG Communications Department
office: (805) 690-1697
email:gbenesh@sbbg.org