Saturday, December 26, 2020

Santa is taking a break at the Beach


Friday, December 25, 2020

Merry Christmas!


Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Montecito Holiday Trails Hike Treasure Hunt


Holiday Hike Treasure Hunt
We couldn't imagine closing out 2020 without a Membership hike together, even if it's just in spirit!

Dusty the Elf has inspired a Holiday Hike Treasure Hunt on the trails. He wants to see you out this week hiking:
~ One Community Trail
~ One Front Country Trail
~ Crossing a Creek
~ Something Beautiful in Nature: Plant, Animal or Flower

Everyone that emails us their Holiday Hike Treasure Hunt photos, or tags us on Instagram (#MTFHolidayHike) will be sent (or, if local, delivered by our Board of Directors Elves) an MTF Holiday Ornament. Ends Sunday, December 20.

Feeling extra ambitious and want extra-credit? Send us a photo from Montecito Peak!

Below is Dusty's example from his Holiday Hike Treasure Hunt!

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Wreath Competition at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.


Submit Your Own Wreath On Behalf of The Garden 
Deadline: Dec 9, 2020
Get crafty and create your own beautiful wreath to submit to the competition on behalf of the Garden! See more details below.
  • Most "I want to hang this on my door"
  • Most avant-garden
  • Most whimsical 
  • Most naturalistic
  • Kids category
  • Best in show
Wreaths must be composed of at least 51% California native plants. This is evaluated by the visible material (armatures and other internal structuring, such as wire, do not count).

Any native plant included in the wreath must come from a cultivated source and not be foraged from the wild. Gather native plant materials from your own yard or come by our native plant Nursery to purchase plants to grow for holiday d├ęcor or native plant wreaths.
Submit your high resolution photo of your wreath by Dec. 9 to Include your full name, contact email, category, and where you sourced your material from. Keep your wreath or give it to a loved one as a sustainable and ethically sourced gift! Happy crafting! 

Santa Barbara Downtown Makers Market

Local Artisans and handmade gifts

Located  at Paseo Nuevo & State
Tuesday 2-6:30
Saturday 10-6
Sunday 11-5



Monday, November 9, 2020

Trails are open at the Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens


Our Canyon Trails Have Reopened! 

Take a break and explore the shady fall foliage of the Canyon on 5 miles of fully reopened trails. Enjoy some family fun with our reopened children's maze for an after school activity to reconnect with nature. Members can visit before the general public every day from 9-10am when the Garden is typically cooler, quieter, and great for birdwatching.
Weekday afternoons are the best time to visit uncrowded trails. Social distancing and face coverings are required to ensure that the Garden can remain open to our community.

Join Today

all information from the SB Botanic Garden's Newsletter
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden 1212 Mission Canyon Road, Santa Barbara CA 93105 | 805.682.4726

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Monday, November 2, 2020

Goleta's West Wind Drive In Movie Theater is Open and lots of fun!


They arrived with blankets, snacks and face masks.

Vehicles of all sizes — SUVs, pickup trucks, vans, midsize cars and compacts — snaked around Goleta’s West Wind Drive-In and filled the dirt parking lot before the red-orange sunset.

With hatchbacks popped open and tailgates down, moviegoers sat back and relaxed while waiting for the film to start.

On Thursday, families and friends enjoyed a movie night at the outdoor drive-in theater as part of UCSB Arts & Lectures’ film screenings. The in-car entertainment is a new attraction for some locals.

“My friend is going out of town tomorrow, so we thought this would be a fun thing to do,” Linda Sessler said. “We have never tried it.”

UCSB Arts & Lectures is offering free drive-in cinema screenings through mid-December at the drive-in theater at 907 S. Kellogg Ave. The film series will feature SelenaLady BirdRaiders of the Lost ArkSpider-Man: Into the Spider-VerseSpare PartsInceptionWhale RiderYesterdayCinnamonElf and It’s a Wonderful Life.

The organization is planning to show double features once a week through Dec. 16, and most events feature a lineup of two different films, with a few exceptions. Gates open 1½ hours before the first film.

The drive-in attraction is making a big comeback amid the COVID-19 public health crisis, and more than half of the outside venue was filled for Thursday’s movie. It’s a chance to come together as a community while following the latest public guidance on the coronavirus.

Information and photo from NoozHawk.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Monday, October 19, 2020

Morning Bird Walk at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden


Morning Bird Walk
Wednesday, October 21
Be the first morning visitors in the Garden and enjoy watching 
the diverse and beautiful bird species that make the meadow, 
woodlands and creekside their home! Join our experienced 
naturalist leader Rebecca Coulter as she looks and listens for 
woodpeckers and quail, wrens and raptors, and many more.
Learn More

 The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of California native plants and habitats for the health and well-being of people and the planet.
Not a member? Join now at!

Jack O' Latern Workshop Santa Barbara, October 21


Jack O'Lantern Workshop

Wednesday, October 21st, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Make a jack o’ lantern to add some Halloween cheer to your windows. Guest artist Derek Mast will teach you how to draw and decorate your pumpkin to create your very own jack o’ lantern. 

Materials for this workshop are things you probably have at home.  If you're missing some supplies, you can shop the Art From Scrap Online Store for all of your creative reuse supplies.

You'll need the following:

  • Construction paper (orange, blue, black) or light and dark paper to color yourself
  • Black marker or brush and black ink
  • scissors
  • Glue, tape or modge podge

This workshop will take place online via Zoom. Look for the Zoom link in your Inbox on Wednesday morning before the workshop.

Note: We have a new tiered ticketing system that will help us continue to offer art workshops that are more accessible for all. Please choose the ticket that best suits you when you register for the workshop.

Our new workshop tiers are:

Free  –  Workshop
$5.00  –  One Person workshop
$10.00  –  Family Workshop
$15.00  –  Sponsor a workshop

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday!

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

 Zoom and Bloom Camp

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Labor Day Studio Artists in Santa Barbara


Santa Barbara Studio Artists
Labor Day Weekend exhibition 
at Ruth Ellen Hoag’s fabulous GraySpace Gallery 
219 Gray Ave 
in the Santa Barbara Funk Zone.
September 4-7  

Opening Reception from 4-8 p.m. 
Mask & Social Distancing following the City and State CDC guidelines.   

The GraySpace Gallery will be open to the public throughout the Labor Day Weekend, Saturday-Monday from 1 to 5pm.

Santa Barbara Studio Artists and GraySpace Gallery will be adding a wall of small images, with a percentage of sales to support
the Santa Barbara County Foodbank this year.

Please come enjoy fine art at the GraySpace Gallery Labor Day Weekend and support the Santa Barbara Studio Artists and
the Santa Barbara County Foodbank.

Saturday, August 22, 2020

Drive In Movie Free - By UCSB


UCSB Arts & Lectures - Game On! Grit, Grace & Glory

Wed, Aug 26 / 8:30 PM

West Wind Drive-in / FREE

In West London, 18-year-old girls Jess (Parminder Nagra) and Jules (Keira Knightley) dream of playing professional soccer like their idol David Beckham. But Jess' Sikh parents have more conventional plans – a law degree and marriage – while Jules' mother wishes for a daughter more interested in boys than soccer. With a cast including Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Archie Panjabi and Juliet Stevenson, Bend it Like Beckham is a hilarious comedy about friendship and family that will have you cheering from the sideline! (Gurinder Chadha, 2002, PG-13, 112 min.) 

Gates open at 7:00 PM. First come, first served. 

Arrive early to enjoy food trucks, concessions and entertainment!

Socially-distanced parking with room to put chairs in front of your car. Please respect the safety of fellow attendees: wear masks and maintain a distance of six feet from others.

Premier Sponsor:

Montecito Bank & Trust

Presented in association with the City of Goleta, UCSB Athletics, Carpinteria Movies in the Park and the Santa Barbara County Office of Arts & Culture

Bend It Like Beckham — FREE Summer Cinema

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Santa Botanic Garden is Open to Visitors.

image of the Porter Trail with view to the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

Here is information about visiting The Garden during the COVID time.  All information and photo is from the Botanic Garden Website and Newsletter.

Visiting the Garden

The Garden is now open to guests, every day from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Members may arrive early for Members-Only hour 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. every day that the Garden is open. Not a member yet? Join today! 

How This Works 

  • Please enter through the Garden's parking lot, where you will be greeted by Garden staff and directed to a parking spot.

  • Park, pay for admission or show your proof of membership at our admission kiosk, maintain 6-foot social distancing protocols, keep your mask on, and enjoy the Garden!

  • No one will be admitted without a face mask. 

What to Expect

  • Bring your own water. Water fountains have been turned off. Please prepare for hot weather; it’s better to carry too much water than not enough.

  • Many high-touch and narrowly-spaced features are closed temporarily. Closures include Garden Casitas, the Children’s Centennial Maze, tables, chairs, and some of our small, narrow trails. Some narrow trails will have one-way traffic only. 

  • No interior spaces are open at this time including the Pritzlaff Conservation Center. The retail Nursery is closed.

  • Bathrooms are available behind the admission kiosk.

  • Gates will close at 5 PM each day.

Keeping Us All Healthy

  • If you are sick, please stay home.

  • All visitors over the age of 2 must wear a face covering at all times.

  • Leave 6 feet of space between you and others not in your group. 

  • Limit touch! There are plenty of things to hear, see, and smell without touching.

  • Practice good hygiene: wash your hands, refrain from touching your face, and use hand sanitizer often (we have some for you at the admission kiosk!).

  • Stay to the right on trails to allow others to pass. If passing another visitor, please announce yourself. 

  • Please follow our signs; some trails are one-way only. 

The Fine Print

The health and safety of our members, volunteers and staff are our first priorities. Mandates and recommendations from government officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may change our ability to follow this limited opening plan. Despite our stringent cleaning and sanitizing protocols, we cannot control all circumstances.  By entering our premises, you acknowledge that you assume any risks associated with your visit, including but not limited to a risk of injury or illness. If we find that guests are not following appropriate social distancing or other guidelines, we may be forced to completely close again. Please check our website for any changes or updates.

Contact Us

The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden: 1212 Mission Canyon Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
telephone: (805) 682-4726  fax: (805) 563-0030


Frequently Called Numbers - Dial (805) 682-4726 plus the extension:

  • Membership Office ext. 110
  • Classes ext. 102
  • Tours ext. 160
  • School/Youth ext. 161
  • Press Inquiries ext. 132
  • Donations/Sponsorships ext. 133
  • Library ext. 107

Monday, June 29, 2020

Declaration of Independence

Happy 4th of July
Declaration of Independence

In Congress, July 4, 1776

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are

created equal, that they are endowed

by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,

that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.

 That to secure these rights,

Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just

powers from consent of the governed.
That whenever any

form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is

the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute

new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and

organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most

likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Miramar Beach in Santa Barbara

Miramar Beach in Montecito
wonderful photos by Gwen Randolph

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Santa Barbara Beaches are Open and amazing!

Santa Barbara Beaches

Harbor and Breakwater

View from Brophy Restaurant at Harbor

Sandspit Beach at the end of the Breakwater

Dolphins at the entry of Wharf

Pelicans on Harbor Restaurant

Beach West of Stearns Wharf

Sunset View of Wharf 
(not my photo)

 Seaside Center on Wharf

View of Leadbetter Beach

Leadbetter Beach
view from Shoreline Park

East Beach
East Beach

East Beach Volleyball
(photo from Noozhawk)

Thousand Steps on the Mesa
(not my photo)

Hendry's Beach
aka Arroyo Burro Beach
my favorite beach
dogs allowed on leash

photos below by Kay Caldeira

up next Montecito and Carpinteria Beaches