Pritzlaff Conservation Center

Agriculture and urban expansion have encroached on California's natural areas causing the loss of 70% of our native plants and pressuring habitats that remain. The Garden works to prevent additional losses by preserving plant species against extinction and conducting research into improved land management practices. Our work, however, is challenged by facilities inadequate to the task. The new conservation building will facilitate this effort.

Groundbreaking Ceremony

On March 20, 2014, over 100 guests gathered at the future site of the John C. Pritzlaff Conservation Center to officially kick-off commencement of building construction. The Conservation Center's major donor, Mrs. John C. Pritzlaff, joined trustees, campaign volunteers and long-time Garden supporters for the celebration. Everyone enjoyed plenty of champagne, cake, and amazing views. 

image of Mrs. John C. Pritzlaff, Dr. Steve Windhager, Dr. John Wiemann image of Dr. Steve Windhager with a family of Trustees: Amy Miller, Current Trustee, Elenora, Future Trustee, and Ladeen Miller, Alumna Trustee

image of Congresswoman Lois Capps image of Mrs. John C. Pritzlaff, with Garden Trustees John Wiemann, John Brinker, John Gabbert, and Steve Windhager, Executive Director. Ed Birch, Campaign Co-Chair cheering them on. image of Annmarie Rogers of SB Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center & Kathy Janega-Dykes of visit SB cutting the celebration cake

Event sponsors: Frank Schipper Construction, Tierra Contracting, Flowers & Associates, Douglas Singletary, and Classic Party Rentals.

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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.

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.
Our Tax ID number is 95-1644628.