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 

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Wreaths & Garlands Workshop

December 5, 2015

Make your own beautiful holiday decorations with California native plants

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image of a hummingbird in the Desert Section at SBBG, photo by Leonard Porzio

Winter Morning Bird Walk (December)

December 16, 2015

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

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Docent Training

January 9, 2016 - February 6, 2016

Share your passion for native plants, natural history, and foster the conservation of California’s flora.

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Introduction to Botany of California Native Plants

January 9, 2016 - January 23, 2016

Matt Kay provides an engaging and entertaining look at the fascinating diversity of California’s native plants.

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California Fairy Shrimp Identification

January 20, 2016 - January 22, 2016

Join us for a three day workshop on the identification of California Anostraca and Notostraca

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

Winter Morning Bird Walk (January)

January 20, 2016

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

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Image of Xanthomendoza hasseana taken by Shelly Benson

Lichen Identification Workshop

January 28, 2016

Interested in lichens? Do you want to know what they are, where they grow, how they reproduce, and how to identify them? Shelly Benson, President of the California Lichen Society, leads this workshop.

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Pruning Natives Demystified

January 30, 2016

Take the mystery out of pruning and maintaining your natives

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Citizen Science Club (February)

February 2, 2016

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

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Image of the Jepson Manual taken by Don Matsumoto (1993)

Guide to the Jepson Manual

February 5, 2016 - February 26, 2016

Join botanist Mary Carroll for this hands-on introduction to the mysteries of the Jepson Manual

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