Conservation & Research

Pritzlaff Conservation Center

Volunteers mount dried plant specimens to be added to our Herbarium collection. Ability to sit for long periods of time and attention to detail required. Training is provided.

Contribute directly to our research and conservation programs, volunteers perform data base work, develop the conservation collection, and do occasional data analysis - all part of the conservation goals of the Garden.

Library & Collections

A local treasure, the Blaksley Library can use volunteer assistance with processing archive collections (including our new digital archive collection). Library Assistants work directly with the Library collections. If you are interested in preserving historic documents, photographs, art, digital media, etc., or if you would like to participate in oral history documentation, the Blaksley Library needs you.

Digital Image Library
Volunteers are invited to participate in our exciting project to digitize and database the Garden’s extensive photograph and slide collection, the SBBGPhotos Digital Image Library, available to the public at 

Photographer Volunteers
Photographers are invited to contribute directly to our SBBGPhotos Digital Image Library and support the Garden Communications Department with their photographic knowledge and skills. Garden Photographers are provided access to the Garden to capture the beauty of the Garden on a daily, seasonal and annual basis. Volunteer Photographers may be asked to cover special events and/or shoot special request images for Garden staff. Photographers interested in helping the Garden to share images on social networks such as Flikr and Facebook are also encouraged to participate in this program. Download the SBBG Photographer Volunteer Information Packet


The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden conserves California native plants and habitats for the health and well-being of people and the planet.

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