Summer Sips Series

Date: Saturday, May 30, 2020

- Saturday, July 25, 2020

Time: 4:30PM - 6:00PM

Instructor: Guest Speakers

Location: Zoom Meeting

Register below for the series

Now in its 10th year, Summer Sips is a series of lectures where you’ll learn about hot topics in all things concerning the natural world.

This year, our lecture series will be different than its even been before. In order to be as safe and healthy as possible, we have decided to hold all of our Summer Sips lectures online through Zoom. We’ll kick off our evenings at 4:30pm with an optional time for socializing and catching up with new and old friends in small groups. At 5pm we’ll introduce our Speaker and get started with lecture. There will be a short time for Q&A afterwards.

If you would like to attend all three lectures, please register below. If you would like to register for a single lecture, please select from the titles below.

Join us for the 10th annual Summer Sips Series

May 30th: Capturing the Secret World of Wildlife

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In this lecture, Wildlife Biologist and Conservation Scientist Ben Teton explores how wildlife camera trapping is revolutionizing our ability to conserve wildlife, explore our environment and connect with the natural world. Images and videos from his cameras provide an intimate window into the world of our wild neighbors, offering insights and perspective into their everyday struggle to survive across California’s remaining open space. Ben’s talk will also introduce how these cameras can be used as an easy and fun way to engage the outdoors, test your skills as a tracker or explore your own backyard.

June 27th: Not All Butterflies Fly: Mariposa Lilies of Southwest California

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Fred Roberts, a Botanist, Author, and Artist, will immerse you in the world of Mariposa lilies--one of California’s most popular native plants. They are easy to recognize and such a delight to find, are quite showy for California’s often subdued landscapes, and come in a stunning variety of hues. California is the center of diversity for this genus and Southern California alone boasts 15 different species that are live in many different ecosystems including mountains, foothills, and coastal regions.

July 25th: The Green Cure: The Scientific Evidence for Nature as Medicine

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Americans spend 93% of our time indoors. 80% of us now live in cities, versus 50% 100 years ago, and just 5% 100 years before that. We've been boxing nature out, and it's making us sick. But 60% of all cancers and 80% of all heart disease is preventable by making healthy choices about how we live, and a major component in those lifestyle choices is time spent outside. Learn from Physician, Author, and Educator John La Puma how we can use nature as medicine by learning the science of nature therapy and gaining insight from those who have succeeded in controlling their symptoms and conditions with a specific nature experience.

Become a Sponsor

Support the Garden by becoming a food or wine sponsor. Contact Heidi Whitman, Director of Development for more information.

If you have trouble registering, please contact the Registrar at 805-682-4726 ext. 102