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The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is a private, non-profit, research, conservation and education institution offering enriching experiences to the public.
Contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations are essential to support our core operations, and to build and maintain our outstanding collections and unique California native garden displays.
Go Native and give to the Garden's ANNUAL FUND today!
Knee-deep in Mission Creek on Wednesday afternoons, Anna Brown, Juliette Lewis, and Maya Elliot can be found collecting aquatic insects as part of an ongoing study by UCSB Ecology Professor, Scott Cooper. Getting excited about slides under microscopes, learning protocols for data collection, and identifying animal and plant species have become as routine to Juliette as her practice sessions for competitive skateboarding. Anna and Maya have other outside interests as well. Still, all plan on continuing their work at the Garden at least into the next school year.
Working with teens like Anna, Juliette, and Maya is just one of the many ways that the Garden connects science education to the outdoors. Whether or not these young women follow this passion to study environmental sciences in college, they have already established a connection with nature that will enrich their entire lives—they are our next generation of environmental stewards and they are making a difference in the Garden today as citizen science volunteers
Please help us create more education opportunities like the X-Stream Science Team with a spring gift to the Annual Fund. The future of the Garden and its rich legacy of nature education, horticulture and native plant conservation needs your support today. Your Annual Fund gift helps growing programs like our X-Stream Science Team. It ensures that our Garden displays are well cared for, and that our Conservation and Research Department has the resources to find solutions for saving and restoring our most threatened native plants and habitats and, in turn, the wildlife that depend on them.
If you support our work and believe that native plants are an integral part of what makes our community unique and environmentally healthy, make the Garden's Annual Fund one of your philanthropic priorities. Donations to the Annual Fund go to immediately supporting the Garden's programs and displays. But like most of what we do here, the return on your investment will be felt long after this year's wildflower season.
Steve Windhager, Ph.D.
P.S. The late Robin Williams said that spring is Nature’s way of saying, let’s party! Fully-restored and at peak bloom, the Garden’s wildflower meadow has never looked more beautiful. Thanks to our donors, the Meadow Revival Project is the first of four new and renovated gardens now underway.
Numbers only tell part of our story. Over the last 12 months…
2,161,086 times the Garden’s Herbarium collection was accessed online
through the Consortium of CA Herbaria
65,011 local, national and international visitors
13,194 hours of volunteer support
4,614 school children learning about the role of native plants in our natural world
2,385 pollinating insects collected and processed for baseline data for hedgerow research
437 different kinds of California native plants available our retail nursery
93 classes and specialty tours offered
70 California Naturalists graduated
10 funded biodiversity, rare plant and restoration research projects underway
1 historic meadow restored
The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden fosters the conservation of California's native plants through
our gardens, research and education, and serves as a role model of sustainable practices.