Day Trips & Travel

The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden offers a wide variety of field trips (ranging from day trips to extended travel opportunities) throughout California to educate participants about the native flora, vegetation, ecology, and natural history of the state.

Information about currently scheduled field trips and field courses is available in the Leaves of Learning portion of the Ironwood
-OR- contact the
SBBG Registrar, call (805) 682-4726 ext 102.
 early as many of these programs fill quickly!
To view all items on the Garden calendar at a glance, check the Program Calendar 

Image of Hikers in chaparral on Rattle Snake Canyon Trail taken by Natalie Rossington

Spring Plant ID for Hikers Series

March 17, 2018 - April 22, 2018

This spring, hike with UCSB PhD student Natalie Rossington and discover how to identify some of the common plants that make up Santa Barbara's landscape.

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Image of Rattlesnake Canyon taken by Natalie Rossington

Spring Plant ID for Hikers: Rattlesnake Canyon

March 17, 2018

Learn how to identify a handful of common riparian and chaparral plants found on popular hiking trail, Rattlesnake Canyon.

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image of SBBG field trip to Anacapa Island, Giant Coreopsis

Anacapa Island: Celebrate the Wildflowers

March 20, 2018

Join Island expert and botanist Steve Junak for this memorable land and sea adventure as Anacapa Island blooms into a rainbow of color.

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Image of Sedgwick Reserve taken by Heather Schneider

Botanical Toolkit: Documenting Biodiversity

March 30, 2018

In this daylong field course, participants will work with Garden botanists to learn proper plant collection and note taking techniques while exploring and documenting the dramatic landscape of the University of California Sedgwick Reserve.

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Image of Heather Schneider noting transect in the field taken by Denise Knapp

Botanical Toolkit

March 30, 2018 - June 1, 2018

This series is designed to hone the field skills of both working and aspiring botanists.

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Image of Chaparral on Tunnel Trail taken by Natalie Rossington

Spring Plant ID for Hikers: Tunnel Road Trail

April 8, 2018

Explore Tunnel Road Trail with Natalie Rossington and learn how to identify a 15-20 dominant chaparral plants of Santa Barbara.

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Domecar Botanic Day Trip

April 14, 2018

A rare glimpse of some of the last original native coastal landscape in Southern California

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Image of Encelia californica in coastal sage scrub taken by Natalie Rossington

Spring Plant ID for Hikers: Coal Oil Point

April 15, 2018

Discover some of the common plants that make up Santa Barbara's coastal sage scrub communities on this field identification course at Coal Oil Point.

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Image of Participants at Christy Ranch on Santa Cruz Island taken by Kate Davis

Day Trip to Scorpion Ranch

April 16, 2018

Santa Cruz Island: Participants will tour the historic buildings and their surroundings at Scorpion Ranch, and also explore some of the eastern end of Santa Cruz Island on foot with island expert Steve Junak. 

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Image of Scientist assessing subplots taken by Denise Knapp

Botanical Toolkit: Plant Research & Monitoring

May 4, 2018

Vegetation sampling allows us to compare management or restoration techniques, answer ecological questions, and track changes over time – but how to choose which is best for which habitat type and which question?

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