The California Naturalist training is an innovative new program developed by the University of California Cooperative Extension to foster a committed corps of volunteer naturalists and citizen scientists trained and ready to take an active role in natural resource conservation, education, and restoration.
The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is supported by a dedicated and knowledgeable team of Docent Volunteers. The work of the Education Department is largely carried out by these experienced and enthusiastic volunteers who have embraced the vision and mission of the Garden, and are willing to share it with our visitors and community.
Garden Growers are volunteers who grow and sell an assortment of plants in our retail nursery. They promote the use of native and other regionally appropriate plants and raise funds for the Garden through daily sales and the spring and fall plant sales. A comprehensive, eight-week training program, taught by expert staff, volunteers, and local professionals, involves hands-on activities and lectures that teach the essentials of operating a successful nursery.
Landscape for Life
Our newest certificate program was developed at the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center. Five weekday or three weekend classes cover all aspects of sustainable landscape, including soil and water resources, plant choices, and design and installation. We focus on the use of native plants in creating drought-tolerant, ecologically healthy home gardens.