Whether you are a nature-lover interested in learning more about the natural world around you, a novice home gardener who wants to learn about horticultural techniques, an advanced professional seeking specialized training, or you simply enjoy the aesthetics of nature's bounty through art or photography, the Garden's educational programs have something for everyone. Our expert staff and local professionals provide participants the opportunity to expand their knowledge by offering courses that address a range of topics for participants of all levels of knowledge and interests. 

Contact the SBBG Registrar or phone (805) 682-4726 ext. 102
To view all items on the Garden calendar at a glance, check the Program Calendar 

Image of Monkey flowers, CA Poppies, and Heuchera cultivars taken by Betsy Collins

Survey of California Native Garden-Worthy Plants

July 29, 2016 - August 12, 2016

Cultivation and instillation of the best of the best native California flora with Bruce Reed

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Citizen Science Club (August)

August 2, 2016

Would you like to learn more about citizen science at the Garden?

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A Book of Nature

August 18, 2016 - September 22, 2016

Enhance and record your experiences in nature

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Image of Flat Stanley in Monkey Flowers taken by Kate Davis

Family Explorations (August)

August 20, 2016

Search, explore, and discover with Flat Stanley on this month's summer family-friendly walk.

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Image of Roots provided by Robert Kourik

Good Fungi, Good Roots, Happy Plants

August 27, 2016

Robert Kourik digs into the relationships between fungi and roots

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California Naturalist Program

September 7, 2016 - November 9, 2016

Join us for this innovative program developed to foster a committed corps of volunteer naturalists and citizen scientists.

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Image of boys on El Tigre taken by Denise Knapp

Natural History of the Channel Islands

September 13, 2016 - November 22, 2016

Glimpse into this hidden world focusing on climate, geology, plants, animals, native peoples, human history, threats and management.

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Journals - Your Way!

September 14, 2016 - November 2, 2016

Experience journaling your way with guests who use a wide variety of techniques to record their observations of nature.

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image of Song sparrow in the Meadow at SBBG, photo by Ian K. Ross

Summer Morning Bird Walk (September)

September 21, 2016

Join our experienced naturalist leader Rebecca Coulter watching the diverse and beautiful bird species at the Garden!

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Image of Oak Gall taken by Nancy Miller

Native Herbal Medicine

September 24, 2016

Many of our California native plants have traditional uses. Join Emily Sanders to explore some in your own backyard.

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