The Backcountry Budget

With schematics now in hand, the Garden is poised to begin the project’s implementation phase. This will prepare and grade the landscape, install play materials and garden elements such as the Ranger’s Cabin, an amphitheater, a willow tunnel, climbing structures, tables, benches, and signage. After this, we will begin establishing native plants as well as install a composting toilet for ease of access.

To ensure adequate staffing and upkeep in perpetuity, the campaign includes an endowment of $2.5 million, for a total budget of $4 million. The endowment portion of the budget will ensure the long-term viability of the project. It will also allow the Garden to engage trained Nature Educators to guide the onsite experience so the safety of all guests remains a priority.

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I sincerely believe that for the child … it is not half so important to know, as to feel when introducing a young child to the natural world. If facts are the seeds that later produce knowledge and wisdom, then the emotions and the impressions of the senses are the fertile soil in which the seeds must grow. The years of early childhood are the time to prepare the soil.
~ Rachel Carson

The Backcountry Timeline

For the past 95 years, the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden has conducted critical research, preserved native species from extinction, educated thousands of children and adults about our environmental heritage, and protected California’s native species from environmental threats. The Backcountry will help children build a stronger connection with nature at a critical time for the survival of our planet.

With your support, we are proud to establish The Backcountry as the next step in this important work.

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