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

Winter Morning Bird Walk (December)

December 17, 2014

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

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Docent led Public Tours of the Garden

Docent Training: Public Tours

January 10, 2015 - February 14, 2015

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

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Desert Dandelions with Moth by Ines Roberts

A Hort and Hops Workshop Series

January 10, 2015 - January 24, 2015

Learn more about gardening successfully with California native plants

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Tarantula Hawk picture by Lawrence Wallin

Close Encounters with the Insect World

January 10, 2015

Learn to recognize the good, the bad, and the ugly garden bugs

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Picture of manzanita flowers and fruit

Manzanitas in the Garden

January 17, 2015

The amazing diversity of Manzanitas

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image of a white throated sparrow in the Garden, photo by Daryl Metzger

Winter Morning Bird Walk (January)

January 21, 2015

Be the first morning visitors in the Garden and enjoy watching the diverse and beautiful bird species that make the meadow, woodlands and creekside

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Insect photo by David Ecamilla

Habitat Gardens: Native Plants for Beneficial Insects, Birds and Other Animals

January 24, 2015

Learn how to include native plants as habitat for the beneficial insects and birds

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Image of manzanita in the Garden

Ericaceae in the Garden

January 30, 2015

Learn to recognize summer holly, manzanita species, and more

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image of the Book: A Naturalist Guide to the SB Region

Santa Barbara Naturalist Class with Joan Lentz

February 7, 2015 - March 7, 2015

A series of classes with naturalist Joan Lentz

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image of Lesser goldfinch perched on Salvia in SBBG Meadow, photo by Tricia Wardlaw

Winter Morning Bird Walk (February)

February 18, 2015

Be the first morning visitors in the Garden with experienced naturalist, Rebecca Coulter.

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