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 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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Image of Nature Journal, Goldenrod by Kate Davis

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

Morning Bird Walk (September)

September 21, 2016

Jared Dawson will be taking over for naturalist leader Rebecca Coulter this month. Join him in 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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Hands-on Drip Irrigation Workshop

October 2, 2016

Water wisely by tuning into your garden's needs and tuning up your irrigation system!

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Garden Planning with the Experts 1

October 8, 2016

Make the most out of a visit to our Fall Plant Sale and get tips for designing a native, drought-tolerant garden.

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Image of Triteleia laxa taken by Steve Junak

Fall Sowing

October 15, 2016

Native Annuals & Bulbs for Southern CA Gardens

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

Fall Morning Bird Walk (October)

October 19, 2016

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

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