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 the Meadow at the Garden by Carissa Luminess

Native Birds & Blooms in Watercolor

June 3, 2017

Create a lyrical watercolor from life and photos using vibrant india inks of flowers and birds in the garden.

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Image of Mel Ikeda taken by Joe Olson

Create Your Own Bonsai

June 10, 2017

Everything you need to take home your own unique bonsai

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Image of a Bug Hotel taken by Stephanie Ranes

Build a Bug Hotel

June 17, 2017

A hands-on workshop using natural materials to build a "hotel" that can provide a habitat for garden insects. Great for all ages.

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Image of Morning Bird Walk taken by Geege Ostroff

Morning Bird Walk (June)

June 21, 2017

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

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Image of Blaksley Boulder taken by Tricia Wardlaw

Garden Tour: Shaping Santa Barbara

June 24, 2017

Learn about the forces that created our current local Santa Barbara landscape on this geologic walk around the Garden.

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Member Event: Sunset Yoga

June 29, 2017

Garden Members are invited to join Ellen Bain for an empowering all-levels yoga class with an unforgettable view. Free!

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Image of Sagebrush Scrub taken by Steve Junak

Native Herbs of Sage Scrub Chaparral

July 1, 2017

Explore the Garden with Emily Sanders, certified clinical herbalist. Learn about folk, magical, medicinal, and culinary uses of the native herbs, trees, and shrubs found in the sage scrub chaparral plant community.

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Image of Fox tracks in silty sand taken by Mike Kresky

Wildlife Tracks at the Garden

July 7, 2017

Join expert tracker and author Mikael Kresky on a quest for animal track and sign in the garden.

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Member Event: Full Moon Hike

July 8, 2017

Enjoy an after-hours hike through the Garden by the light of the full moon! Hikes for all levels available. 

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Pritzlaff Conservation Center

Behind the Scenes Tour: Pritzlaff Conservation Center

July 9, 2017

Learn about the Garden’s new conservation center on a tour of the labs, herbarium, and work spaces led by Executive Director Steve Windhager, Ph.D.

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