Community Scientist Resources

Over 180 local community scientists are working with the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden (“the Garden”) and Conservation Biology Institute to identify areas in need of habitat restoration within the Thomas and Whittier Fire Scars. Our community scientists will map invasive species, erosion, and large areas dominated by weedy invasive species.

Registration and training to become a community scientist volunteer in 2020 is full, but you can keep up with the project by signing up for our newsletter here, and learn about other volunteer opportunities at the Garden by clicking this link.

Thomas and Whittier Fire Scar Mapping Project Resources

The resources below are designed as booklets and can be downloaded as files formatted for web-viewing or single-sided printing, or as double-sided, half-sized booklets that can be printed at home for easy carrying on your hike.

Project Protocols

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Rare species

Please email Josie directly for information about the rare species tracked in this project.

External Resources

In addition to the resources provided here, there are several websites that can help you learn about and identify plants in California.

The first of these isJepson Herbarium's eflora, which provides dichotomous keys for species throughout the state, as well as a glossary and links to CalPhotos pageswhich provide user-submitted photos of the species.

The next resource is the Calflora webpage, which provides information about species locations, phenology, and more. Many individual species entries also link toCalPhotos pages.


If you have any questions about this project or the materials provided here, please contact our Applied Ecologist, Josie Lesage, at [email protected]