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.
Register
 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 Burton Mesa by Tricia Wardlaw

Burton Mesa Field Trip

February 23, 2019

Spend the day at Burton Mesa Preserve with Horticulturist, Bruce Reed and enjoy the seasonal highlights such as Ceanothus in bloom, prickly phlox, early monkeyflowers, and vernal pools.

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Image of Arroyo Hondo Preserve by Bob Haller

Hike Arroyo Hondo

March 20, 2019

Discover the incredible diversity of California native plants on this special field trip to Arroyo Hondo Preserve.

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Image of Oso Flaco Lake by Jacquline Broughton

Oso Flaco Lake Field Trip

March 22, 2019

Experience the wildflowers of Oso Flaco Lake with botanist Steve Junak.

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Image of Fremont Trail by Michelle Cyr

Botany in Your Backyard

March 24, 2019 - May 5, 2019

Discover how to identify some of the common plants that make up Santa Barbara's landscape in this four-part hiking series.

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Image of Romero Canyon by Natalie Love

Botany in Your Backyard: Romero Canyon

March 24, 2019

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

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image of Garden field trip to Anacapa Island, Giant Coreopsis

Anacapa Island: Celebrate the Wildflowers

April 10, 2019

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 Coal Oil Point by Alan Prichard

Botany in Your Backyard: Coal Oil Point

April 14, 2019

Learn how to identify a handful of common coastal sage scrub and sand dune plants found at Coal Oil Point Reserve.

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Image of Fraser Point on Santa Cruz Island taken by Kate Rabuck

Santa Cruz Island Trip

April 16, 2019 - April 19, 2019

Celebrate spring on the largest and most diverse of the California Channel Islands. Visit Santa Cruz Island with the Garden for this 4-day trip

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

Day Trip to Scorpion Ranch

April 29, 2019

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 Fremont Trail by Natalie Love

Botany in Your Backyard: Fremont Trail

May 5, 2019

Learn how to identify a handful of common chaparral plants found on popular hiking trail, Fremont Trail.

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