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 Meadow in bloom taken by Randy Wright

Specialty Tour: Meadow Walk

April 22, 2017

Perfect for those with limited mobility, this Meadow Loop Tour is focused on the flora and trees growing around our 1.5 acre meadow.

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Image of Artemisia pygmaea by Linda Ann Vorobik

Sketch Your Way to Better Botany

April 29, 2017 - April 30, 2017

Hone your skills at sketching plants in pencil or pen for field notes or journals, while at the same time, increase your botanical vocabulary.

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Image of Bee on blue eyed grass taken by Frederique Lavoipierre

Citizen Science Club (May)

May 2, 2017

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

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Image of Channel Island Poppy taken by Nancy Miller

Native Herbal Medicine

May 6, 2017

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

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

Morning Bird Walk (May)

May 17, 2017

Be the first morning visitors in the Garden with experienced naturalist, Rebecca Coulter. Enjoy watching the diverse and beautiful bird species that make the meadow, woodlands and creek their home!

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Image of Woodrat Nest at Burton Mesa taken by Tricia Wardlaw

Specialty Tour: Big-eared Woodrat Nests

May 27, 2017

Come learn about these cute critters and see some of their houses in the garden.

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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

Summer 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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