Congratulations to Santa Barbara Botanic Garden’s First Graduating Class!

Posted on Jan 19 by SEASONS Magazine

First SBBG California Naturalists graduation group, new oaks, Meadow Oaks

2012 Graduating Class- Back row left to right: Andy Lanes, Donna Small, Cathy Rose, Bill Lewis, Gloria Hall, Jack Ehmer, Annie Linn, Kate McCurdy, Ed Henderson; Middle Row left to right: Amy Miller, Virginia Gardner, Susan Mohun, Carolyn Kincaid (guest), Minda Kraines, Claire Johnson, Carolyn Pidduck, Susan Davidson, Vijaya Jammalamadaka, Juanita Carney, Joann Ganapes, Patty Malone, LeeAnne Kryder; Front Row left to right: Suzanne Fritch, Linda Van Buren, Lydia Emard, Sue Bergstrom, Robin Brady, Kathie McClure, Andrea Adams-Morden, Ann Brinker; Graduates not pictured: Valerie Kolstad, Carol Weingartner, Lynn Watson

Do you love California’s ecology? Do you crave hands-on learning when it comes to our earth’s care? Do you want to know more about California’s natural environment? Then this is the class for you!

Say hello to Santa Barbara Botanic Garden‘s graduating class—the first ever. These 32 “Citizen Scientists” participated in coursework that introduced them to California’s ecology through community service, problem solving, science curriculum and hands-on learning.

The 10-week program is the only program of its kind in California, though 26 such Master Naturalist programs exist in other states, and was created by University of California Cooperative Extension in 2011. The Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens is one of five pilot sites throughout our state to offer this program, and the only one on the Central Coast.

Although Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens runs the class, it is brought about by the combined efforts of Sedgwick Reserve, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Arroyo Hondo, Lake Cachuma and UCSB’s Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration (CCBER).

The next class will begin Saturday, February 2, from 2–5 p. m. in the Garden’s Blaksley Library. The 10-week course will enable you to volunteer for environmental organizations and better educate your friends and family about native California.

If you would like to consult a graduate or SBBG’s director of education, Judy Sanregret, before committing to the class, please contact Joni Kelly, communications manager, at 805-682-4726.

To apply for this class, visit

~Elise Kimball




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