Climate Change

It's All Connected

"When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe." -John Muir


Our garden of native plants is an ideal lab to learn about the effects of climate change on regional flora. The Phenology Project is a national effort; we are fortunate to partner with UCSB professor Dr. Susan Mazer, Director of the California Phenology Project, on gathering data for our region.

California Phenology Project

Image of CPP by Frederique Lavoipierre Understanding how our changing climate affects seasonal cycles of native plants and animals is an increasingly urgent need as we meet the challenges the future will bring. The intricate web that connects all life is disrupted when some plants flower sooner, and others later, and the effects ripple throughout the entire system. Plants are at the center of the food web, and the only organisms on the planet that can capture energy (food!) from the sun. All other living things, including us, depend in some way on plants for survival.

The California Phenology Project directly informs our work in conserving California’s native plants. The Garden is proud to be an official site for the California Phenology Project, and to host annual training and support for participants in this project. Following training, volunteers monitor seasonal changes of selected plants at the Garden and/or at other sites.

For more information, or to join the Education Department's CA Phenology Monitoring Team, please contact the Garden's Education Programs Coordinator, Michelle Cyr, call (805) 682-4726 ext 161.

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